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Diamond Hogs don't fall much in polls

Despite losing their series against Auburn, the Diamond Hogs didn't fall too much in the polls and you might be surprised where they are in the RPI.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Despite losing its second SEC series in three weeks, Arkansas barely dropped in the polls.

Thanks to them falling no more than three places in any of the six major college baseball polls, the Razorbacks are No. 14 in this week's Hawgs247 composite poll. That is a drop of just two spots.

Arkansas held steady in the Baseball America (No. 16) and USA Today coaches (No. 14) polls and fell one spot in the rankings by Collegiate Baseball (No. 10) and D1Baseball.com (No. 15). The NCBWA dropped the Razorbacks two spots (No. 12), while Perfect Game dropped them three spots (No. 14).

The RPI tells another story. Following its two midweek wins over Memphis, Arkansas moved up to No. 13. Even after losing two of three games at Auburn, it moved up another spot to No. 12.

That increase is likely the result of playing now-RPI No. 22 Auburn in three road games, which are weighted heavier than home games. Road wins are valued at 1.3 and home wins are valued at 0.7 in the RPI formula.

Kentucky (No. 5) and Florida (No. 7) are the only SEC teams ahead of the Razorbacks in the RPI, while LSU (No. 13), Mississippi State (No. 19), Vanderbilt (No. 21), Auburn (No. 22) and South Carolina (No. 23) round out the top-25 RPI teams in the conference.

Looking ahead, Arkansas has four games this week. Its lone midweek game is against Kansas State (RPI No. 93) at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday. Neutral site games are not weighted in the RPI. Then the Razorbacks return to Baum Stadium for a Thursday-Saturday series against Ole Miss (RPI No. 40).

Nationally, Oregon State, Louisville and North Carolina remain 1-2-3 in our composite ranking, which combines the six human polls.

The SEC still doesn't have a team in the top five, but it saw its top-10 teams double from two to four this week. Eight of the 14 SEC teams are in the top 25, while a ninth - Vanderbilt - is receiving votes.

Here is a complete rundown of the Hawgs247 composite poll (SEC teams in bold, change from last week in parenthesis):

1. Oregon State - 150 points (--)

2. Louisville - 143 (--)

3. North Carolina - 133 (--)

4. TCU - 132 (+2)

5. Clemson - 131 (-1)

6. Texas Tech - 117 (-1)

7. Kentucky - 109 (+4)

8. Auburn - 108 (+2)

9. Florida - 97 (+4)

10. Mississippi State - 94 (+5)

11. Virginia - 91 (+3)

12. Long Beach State - 78 (+6)

13. Arizona - 76 (-6)

14. Arkansas - 75 (-2)

15. LSU - 73 (-6)

16. Cal State-Fullerton - 58 (-8)

17. St. John's - 45 (+3)

18. Michigan - 36 (-2)

t-19. Wake Forest - 34 (-2)

t-19. Stanford - 34 (+10)

t-21. Houston - 31 (--)

t-21. Maryland - 31 (+6)

23. Texas A&M - 21 (+2)

24. South Carolina - 12 (-2)

25. Mercer - 11 (+3)

Receiving votes: Louisiana-Lafayette (8), Gonzaga (7), South Florida (4), Vanderbilt (4), Southern Miss (3), San Diego (2), West Virginia (2)


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