Collegiate Baseball’s 2021 Pre-Season NCAA Div. I Baseball Poll


FROM COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER RELEASE
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s Fabulous 50 NCAA Division I pre-season poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

Last season the Gators (16-1) won their first 16 games of the season before losing to Florida St., 2-0. It was the third longest win streak in program history.

Then the season was abruptly halted by the COVID-19 pandemic with the Gators ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball.

Florida was so dominating that the Gators outscored opponents 123-46 and utilized a pitching staff that averaged 11 strikeouts a game (187 total in 17 games) and had an ERA of 2.41 with only 47 walks.

Returning from that amazing ball club are eight position player starters and the entire weekend starting rotation along with key relief pitchers, including closers.

The team features six Collegiate Baseball pre-season All-Americans.

Note: The Collegiate Baseball pre-season All-American teams will be announced tomorrow morning.

The Gators also landed the fifth best recruiting class last fall, according to Collegiate Baseball, with a class of 10 exceptional athletes.

Florida returns an offense that averaged 7.2 runs per game last year and hit 21 homers and 32 doubles in just 17 games while stealing 24 of 28 bases.

The Gators had a fielding percentage of .984 and only committed 10 errors.

The Southeastern Conference led all leagues with five teams in the top 10 and 12 teams in the top 37.

The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1959 college baseball season.

Rank Team (2020 Final Record) Points
  1. Florida (16-1) 498
  2. Vanderbilt (13-5) 493
  3. UCLA (13-2) 491
  4. Texas Tech. (16-3) 488
  5. Mississippi (16-1) 484
  6. Miami, Fla. (12-4) 482
  7. Louisiana St. (12-5) 480
  8. U.C. Santa Barbara (13-2) 477
  9. Mississippi St. (12-4) 474
10. Arizona (10-5) 473
11. Louisville (13-4) 470
12. Georgia (14-4) 469
13. N.C. State (14-3) 465
14. Virginia (14-4) 462
15. Arizona St. (13-4) 461
16. East Carolina (13-4) 457
17. Oklahoma St. (13-5) 454
18. Michigan (8-7) 453
19. Texas Christian (11-4) 451
20. Texas (14-3) 449
21. South Carolina (12-4) 447
22. Arkansas (11-5) 445
23. Coastal Carolina (11-5) 442
24. Dallas Baptist (12-4) 438
25. Clemson (14-3) 436
26. Texas A&M (15-3) 435
27. Alabama (16-1) 431
28. Florida St. (12-5) 430
29. Southern Mississippi (12-4) 427
30. Texas St. (14-4) 426
31. Stetson (11-4) 423
32. Central Florida (15-3) 421
33. Pepperdine (12-3) 418
34. Georgia Tech. (11-5) 416
35. Tennessee (15-2) 413
36. Duke (12-4) 409
37. Auburn (13-5) 405
38. Central Michigan (11-6) 402
39. Indiana (9-6) 399
40. Winthrop (11-4) 396
41. Oklahoma (14-4) 394
42. U.C. Irvine (8-7) 392
43. Tulane (15-2) 389
44. Long Beach St. (10-5) 385
45. Wichita St. (13-2) 382
46. Minnesota (8-10) 377
47. Notre Dame (11-2) 373
48. Houston (6-9) 370
49. Oregon St. (5-9) 368
50. Stanford (5-11) 365

Other Teams Receiving Votes: Kentucky (11-6), Southern California (10-5), North Carolina (12-7), Samford (13-2), Mercer (13-3), Belmont (14-3), San Diego St. (10-6), Fresno St. (9-7), New Mexico (14-4), Connecticut (8-5), Creighton (5-10), Stony Brook (6-9), West Virginia (11-5), Kansas St. (10-7), Washington (9-6), California (5-11), Oregon (8-7), Washington St. (9-7), Baylor (10-6), San Diego (12-4), Cal. St. Fullerton (4-12), U.C. San Diego (17-4), Cal. Poly (5-11), College of Charleston (12-2), Louisiana Tech. (11-6), Florida Atlantic (10-6), Texas-Arlington (12-4), Missouri (11-5), N.C. Greensboro (12-5), East Tennessee St. (12-3), Wofford (14-3), The Citadel (10-6), South Alabama (8-10), Grand Canyon (9-9), New Mexico St. (12-4), Georgia Southern (11-5), Louisiana-Lafayette (8-9), Appalachian St. (11-6), Louisiana-Monroe (12-5), Brigham Young (7-9), Troy (9-8), Sam Houston St. (7-7), McNeese St. (10-7), Northwestern St. (12-4), Kent St. (7-7), Ball St. (7-9), Western Michigan (9-6), Miami, OH (8-7), Yale (3-7), Wright St. (6-9), N.C. Wilmington (11-5), Illinois (8-5), Iowa (10-5), Ohio St. (6-8), Maryland (10-5), Nebraska (7-8), Campbell (7-9), S.C. Upstate (13-5), Liberty (10-7), Gonzaga (6-10), Loyola Marymount (8-8), Portland (12-4), Santa Clara (12-5), Virginia Commonwealth (9-8), Davidson (13-3), Cal. St. Northridge (10-5), Hawaii (11-6), Seton Hall (6-8), Illinois St. (7-9), Missouri St. (9-8), Rhode Island (8-5), Navy (14-1), Army (6-9).



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