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February 9th, 2019
#16 Arkansas Razorbacks
Coming off a nail-biter finish in 2018, the Arkansas Razorbacks and their fans are ready to move on in 2019. Despite the tough finish to the season, the Razorbacks still have a lot to take away from 2018 including their 9th College World Series appearance. Preseason expectations include another trip to Omaha, but the Razorbacks enter the season at only #16 in the Preseason Composite Top 25. Seen by many as a snub, Arkansas hopes to prove to the selection committee that they are deserving of a top seed.
The Razorbacks have a challenging conference slate where they face five top 25 teams including LSU (#1), Vanderbilt (#2), Ole Miss (#11), Mississippi State (#14), and Auburn (#18). They also travel to Austin to take on the Longhorns (#20) in two midweek games in non-conference play. Will 2019 be the year that Arkansas gets over the hump and wins a National Championship? They have a tough path, but they will surely be battle-tested come the postseason.
February 10th, 2019
#5 Florida Gators
With just five days until first pitch, the Florida Gators check in at #5 on the Composite Preseason Top 25. Having made the College World Series seven times this decade and winning the 2017 National Championship, the Florida Gators want nothing less than a return trip to Omaha in 2019. Their impressive run includes back-to-back SEC Regular Season Championships, but for the Gators to earn a three-peat, they have to get through both LSU (#1) and Vanderbilt (#4). Entering the season, Florida only received 2 of the 14 votes for preseason SEC Champion by SEC coaches, so despite their top five ranking, Florida will have to play the underdog role to win a conference championship this season.
The Gators can't sleep on the rest of its conference slate either, which includes three other teams ranked in the Preseason Top 25: Ole Miss (#11), Georgia (#12), and Mississippi State (#14). The Gators' non-conference schedule offers no breaks and is highlighted by in-state rivals Florida State (#10) and Miami as well as a challenging opening series against Long Beach State starting February 15th. Opening Day in Gainesville is less than a week away, and the Florida Gators are ready to start the Road to Omaha.
February 14th, 2019
#1 LSU Tigers
With six NCAA Tournament Championships, all in the last last 30 years, LSU is a household name when it comes to college baseball. Just about every year the LSU Tigers come in at #1 in at least one preseason poll, and once again, they enter 2019 atop the Composite Preseason Rankings. The Tigers kick off the season and hopeful march to Omaha this Friday, February 15th against local foe, Louisiana-Monroe, but the highlight of the Tigers' non-conference slate is a trip to Austin in early March to face the #20 Texas Longhorns, who are coming off a trip to Omaha themselves. The following weekend, Cal comes to town, and the stadium will surely be packed (as it usually is).
In conference play, LSU avoids Vanderbilt, but still faces several top teams including Florida (#5), Ole Miss, (#11), Georgia (#12), Mississippi State (#14), and Arkansas (#16). All of that is without mentioning the top 30 Texas A&M squad that will come to town as part of LSU's second-to-last conference series. The Tigers seek revenge on the Aggies who took two out of three against them in College Station last year.
LSU has the unique role of playing the underdog within the SEC despite being the #1 team in the country; a poll of SEC coaches showed Vanderbilt as the slight favorite to win the conference. The Tigers will look to prove the coaches wrong on their way to Omaha in 2019.
February 13th, 2019
#11 Ole Miss Rebels
Starting off 2019 at #11, the Ole Miss Rebels enter the season as the fourth ranked team in the SEC. True to SEC form, the Rebels schedule is packed. Beyond the conference schedule full of top 25 teams, Ole Miss will also leave the SEC to play Louisville (#9), East Carolina (#13), and a Southern Miss team that's receiving votes in preseason polls. Coming of a 2018 SEC Tournament Championship, the Rebels will be competing to host a Regional in 2019 with their eyes set on a top eight seed.
February 3rd, 2019
South Carolina Gamecocks
One of the best teams this decade, South Caroline hopes that 2019 will bring another trip to the NCAA Tournament. In addition to their challenging SEC slate, the Gamecocks face a host of top-notch regional foes including Clemson (#17), North Carolina (#7), and North Carolina State (#25). Sure to be battled tested, the Gamecocks will likely be a tough out in the postseason. However, with the depth of the SEC, every weekend will be a battle. South Carolina opens up the season at home on February 15th against Liberty.
February 6th, 2019
Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M comes into 2019 having made the NCAA Tournament 12 years in a row, including a College World Series berth in 2017. Not soon forgotten in College Station, the Aggies could have had two more trips to Omaha in that period had they not run into TCU in the Super Regionals. They will get a shot at revenge against TCU as part of their non-conference slate which features 16 (yes, 16) teams from the state of Texas. Most notably on their non-conference schedule is their in-state rival, the Texas Longhorns (#20). No longer in the same conference, A&M and Texas have revived their baseball rivalry with a midweek game.
The Aggies' conference lineup is one of the toughest in the country with rivals LSU (#1) and Arkansas (#16) and #2 Vanderbilt headlining. The expectations are always high at Texas A&M, and despite coming into the season unranked, the Aggies' eyes are set on Omaha.
January 28th, 2019
#2 Vanderbilt Commodores
Coming off a close Super Regional loss to SEC rival, Mississippi State, in 2018, the Commodores look to bounce back in 2019. It wasn't all bad for Vanderbilt in 2018 though, as they made their 13th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Baseball Tournament and clobbered Clemson on their own turf in the Regional Final. The Commodores check in at #2 in our Composite Preseason Top 25 and once again look to be legitimate threats to make the College World Series. Their non-conference slate includes TCU (#19), from the Big XII, and Cal State Fullerton (#24), hailing from the Big West. Vanderbilt hopes 2019 ends in their fourth trip to the College World Series this decade.