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2019 Preseason Poll Roundup

Posted on February 7, 2019, in Baseball by Karl Hess.

College baseball's opening day is just eight days away. All of the major, national preseason polls are now out. Let's see how the experts are looking at the 2019 season.

We'll cover the ACC teams and the opening weekend opponents for the Hoos. Polls covered will be D1Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, Perfect Game, College Baseball Daily, and the USA Today Coaches Poll. All but Collegiate Baseball, College Baseball Daily, and the NCBWA issue a Top 25. Those three outlets issue a Top 40.

D1Baseball (Top 25)

RankTeam
OPENINGSERIES TEAMS
1Vanderbilt
19TCU
25Fullerton
ACCTEAMS
4Louisville
7North Carolina
13Florida State
20Wake Forest
24Clemson

NCBWA (Top 40)

RankTeam
OPENINGSERIES TEAMS
1Vanderbilt
21TCU
24Fullerton
ACCTEAMS
7North Carolina
9Louisville
10Florida State
17Clemson
25Duke
28Wake Forest
30NC State
31Georgia Tech

Collegiate Baseball (Top 40)

RankTeam
OPENINGSERIES TEAMS
2Vanderbilt
18Fullerton
19TCU
ACCTEAMS
8North Carolina
9Louisville
10Florida State
15Clemson
17Georgia Tech
20Duke
22NC State
33Miami

Baseball America (Top 25)

RankTeam
OPENINGSERIES TEAMS
1Vanderbilt
ACCTEAMS
5North Carolina
6Florida State
11Louisville
14Clemson
22Duke

USA Today Coaches (Top 25)

RankTeam
OPENINGSERIES TEAMS
2Vanderbilt
17TCU
24Fullerton
ACCTEAMS
6North Carolina
8Louisville
11Florida State
19Clemson
23NC State

Perfect Game (Top 25)

RankTeam
OPENINGSERIES TEAMS
3Vanderbilt
16TCU
ACCTEAMS
6North Carolina
8Louisville
14Florida State
21NC State
24Clemson

College Baseball Daily (Top 40)

RankTeam
OPENINGSERIES TEAMS
1Vanderbilt
31TCU
ACCTEAMS
5Louisville
6North Carolina
11Florida State
14Georgia Tech
15Clemson
22Duke
23NC State
32Virginia

It's clear that the Hoos will have a challenging opener out in Arizona next week. It will be a great opportunity to test the progress made during the last offseason. And while the first game against Vandy could be a bridge too far right now, the other two games should be winnable if the Hoos play smart, clean baseball.

The ACC will be strong, as usual, this season. The league is well represented in the polls as ten of the fourteen teams that play ACC baseball make an appearance in at least one poll. Only Pitt, Notre Dame, Boston College, and Virginia Tech find themselves absent. North Carolina and Louisville project to be the top teams by the national experts with Florida State close on their heels. With Louisville, Florida State, Clemson, and NC State appearing collectively in all but two polls, the Atlantic should be a slightly tougher division than the Coastal this season. That bodes well for the Hoos as Georgia Tech, Miami, and Duke all look to be good teams but fringe top twenty five squads. North Carolina likely expects to win the Coastal by a comfortable margin.

The ACC preseason poll and all league teams are typically out by this point in the calendar. It will be interesting to see how the league media racks and stacks the teams this year.

 

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