April 23rd, 2019
Week Ten Composite top 25
With just four weekends left in the season, teams are still jockeying for Regional positioning. Time to break down this week's Top 25.
Week 10 is wrapping up, and #1 UCLA is still the unanimous top team in the country. UCLA took two out of three against a motivated Cal team, and the Bruins have yet to lose a series on the season. If the season were to end today, UCLA would almost certainly be the number one overall seed. Following UCLA are two more Pac-12 teams in #2 Stanford and #3 Oregon State. Stanford swept Oregon on the road last weekend, and Oregon State swept Arizona to keep pace in the Pac-12 race. Just two games separate these three schools at the top of the Pac-12 standings.
After a run of three Pac-12 schools, numbers 4-6 all hail from the SEC. Each of #4 Georgia, #5 Vanderbilt, and #6 Arkansas earned series sweeps this weekend. Georgia took down an upstart Missouri team and bounced back nicely from their series loss to Tennessee last weekend. Vanderbilt swept Alabama on the road and have won five of their last six SEC games. Arkansas scored the most impressive sweep of the three, taking down Mississippi State. The Razorbacks outscored the Bulldogs 27-10 in the series and now sit atop the SEC West standings.
#7 Louisville and #8 UCSB wrap up the top eight and potential National Seeds. Louisville took care of business last weekend, winning two out of three against Miami. The Cardinals maintain their lead in the ACC race. UCSB, the highest ranked mid-major, earned the sweep over UC Davis this past weekend. If the season ended today, the Gauchos would likely be a National Seed, but their RPI will begin to drop as they continue through Big West play.
Potential Regional Hosts
Despite getting swept by Arkansas this past weekend, #9 Mississippi State is still in good position to host and could possibly move up into National Seed status. Just behind the Bulldogs, the #10 Texas A&M Aggies have spent the last several weeks hovering around the top ten range. The Aggies took two out of three against South Carolina on the road this past weekend, and stay in the top ten for another week. #11 East Carolina returned to their winning ways with a statement sweep over Connecticut. The Pirates are well-positioned to the win the American Conference.
After losing back-to-back Pac-12 series, #12 Arizona State righted the ship by taking two out of three against Utah. The Sun Devils are just 2.5 games back of first place in the conference and still play UCLA and Stanford. #13 LSU dropped Game One to Florida but won the next two to clinch the series. The Tigers are hoping that Paul Mainieri will once again have his team rolling come June. After LSU, the rest of the top 16 all comes from the ACC. #14 Georgia Tech, #15 NC State, and #16 North Carolina are all chasing Louisville in a tight race at the top.
Regional Host Hopefuls
#17 Texas Tech is the highest ranked Big XII team and is one of several teams in the conference hoping to make a run at the conference title. Behind the Red Raiders, #18 Ole Miss is the fifth ranked team out of the SEC West. #19 West Virginia continues to win games and has established themselves as a Regional team. Notching an important sweep, #20 Tennessee took down Kentucky last weekend to get themselves to .500 in SEC play.
#21 Oklahoma State and #22 Baylor finish out the stretch of four Big XII teams within six spots in the rankings. Oklahoma State currently sits in first in the conference standings with Baylor just 0.5 games back. Auburn checks in at #23, followed by #24 UC Irvine, the second Big West team in the top 25. Finishing off the rankings, #25 Indiana is the only ranked Big Ten team. A run in conference play could possibly earn the Hoosiers a host position.
Just outside the rankings and receiving votes are Louisiana Tech, Miami, UT Arlington, and Duke. For more on Week Ten rankings, check out the Conference Power Rankings. And be sure to follow us on Twitter!