College Baseball: Preseason Top 25 Projections include Oklahoma State

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With the start of the season only a few weeks away, the Oklahoma State baseball team is once again making appearances in the preseason polls. Both USA TODAY and Perfect Game project the Cowboys as contenders for the Big 12 title and a trip to Omaha.

The Oklahoma State baseball season begins in a little over two weeks.  Judging from the initial polls*, Oklahoma State is expected to have a good year - despite not having any preseason All-Americans on the roster.

The inaugural USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25 was released today with Cal State Fullteron filling the top slot.  Oklahoma State was voted the best in the Big 12 at #18:

RANK SCHOOL (FIRST-PLACE VOTES) 2013 RECORD POINTS FINAL 2013 RANKING
1 Cal State Fullerton (18) 51-10 729 10
2 LSU (6) 57-11 683 6
3 Oregon State 52-13 648 4
4 Mississippi State (4) 51-20 632 2
5 Florida State 47-17 595 13
6 Virginia 50-12 560 11
7 Oregon 48-16 541 15t
8 Vanderbilt 54-12 538 9
9 North Carolina State 50-16 533 5
10 UCLA 49-17 490 1
11 Indiana 49-16 484 7
12 North Carolina 59-12 450 3
13 Louisville 51-14 429 8
14 South Carolina 43-20 416 12
15 Rice 44-20 274 15t
16 Clemson 40-22 248 25
17 Miami (Fla.) 37-25 240 NR
18 Oklahoma State 41-19 220 21
19 Arizona State 37-22-1 198 19t
20 Florida 29-30 181 NR
21 Kansas State 45-19 118 14
22 Texas 27-24 95 NR
23 TCU 29-28 93 NR
24 Louisiana-Lafayette 43-20 88 NR
25 Stanford 32-22 84 NR

Perfect Game also released their preseason top 25 this week with Virginia leading the way and Oklahoma State at #23 (2nd in the Big 12):

Rank School 2013 Record Final 2013 Ranking
1 Virginia 50-12 11
2 Cal State Fullerton 51-10 8
3 Oregon State 52-13 4
4 Florida State 47-17 10
5 Indiana 49-16 8
6 Mississippi State 50-12 2
7 South Carolina 43-20 13
8 UCLA 49-17 1
9 Oregon 48-16 17
10 North Carolina State 50-16 7
11 Vanderbilt 54-12 10
12 Louisiana State 57-11 5
13 North Carolina 59-12 3
14 Clemson 40-22 NR
15 Florida 29-30 NR
16 Louisville 51-14 9
17 Rice 44-20 16
18 Arizona State 37-22 21
19 Texas A&M 34-29 NR
20 Miami (Fla.) 37-25 NR
21 Alabama 35-28 NR
22 Kansas State 45-19 14
23 Oklahoma State 41-19 23
24 Florida Atlantic 42-22 20
25 Texas 27-24 NR

The Cowboys open the season on Valentine's Day against Incarnate Word in Arlington, TX.  The full schedule can be found here.

* The dimwit hacks at Baseball America did not rank Oklahoma State

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