Opening day for UVA Baseball is quickly approaching. As the Hoos prepare to take on Central Florida on February 16 down in Orlando, Florida, the college baseball world has been busy releasing preseason previews and polls. Today, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released their preseason poll. It marked the last of the major college baseball polls to be released. The others are done by Baseball America, College Baseball Daily, D1 Baseball, Perfect Game, and the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Here's how the Hoos stacked up in the various polls.
|College Baseball Daily||16|
|Perfect Game||Not Ranked|
|USA Today Coaches||18|
A clear consensus has emerged that the Hoos are expected to be among the nation's top 20 teams but just outside of the top 15. Given the personnel losses, that's not a bad place to be.
Let's drill a bit deeper into the various polls to see who the preseason number one team is and where our ACC competitors are ranked.
|College Baseball Daily||Florida|
|USA Today Coaches||Florida|
Defending College World Series champion Florida is the unanimous number one team to start the season. Led by UVA Baseball alum Kevin O'Sullivan, the Gators will have a huge target on their backs all season.
College Baseball Daily (Top 40)
NCBWA (Top 35)
USA Today Coaches
It looks like the usual suspects will be atop the standings in the ACC this year with Florida State and North Carolina predicted to be the league heavyweights, much like last season, with Clemson and Louisville falling back into the second tier with the Hoos.
After that, the national media all seem to like Miami and NC State to varying degrees.
And every season, a team or two rises out of the scrum at the bottom to join the nationally relevant teams to challenge for a regional berth or even a regional hosting slot. Last season, Wake Forest was that team. This year, the national media seems to have settled on Duke and Georgia Tech as the most likely teams to crash the party.