One week after reclaiming the top spot in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association rankings, Texas (35-4, 9-2) also turned the trick in both the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls. The Horns now occupy the No. 1 position in all of the major collegiate polls.
UT inched up from No. 2 in Baseball America from No. 3 in Collegiate Baseball to take the top spot in both polls and remained on top of the coaches' poll after a 4-0 week which included a three-game, road sweep of Kansas State that moved the Horns within a half-game of the top of the Big 12 standings. Oklahoma, with a 10-2 mark, leads the league, but both of the Sooners' league losses came in Norman to UT. Nebraska, conference leaders heading into the weekend, dropped to third at 6-3 after losing two-of-three to Texas Tech. Texas A&M (6-6) and Oklahoma State (4-4) are tied for fourth, followed by Baylor (5-6), the Red Raiders (3-5), Missouri (2-7), K-State (2-7) and Kansas (2-7). The Horns take on the Bears this weekend, with a trip to Waco Friday evening followed by Saturday and Sunday tilts at the Disch. OU travels to College Station for another series that could impact the top of the league standings.
Nationally, Stanford (25-5) is No. 2 and Rice (27-6) is No. 3 in all three polls. While half of the Horns' four losses this season came in Palo Alto at the hands of the Cardinal, Texas hosts the Owls Tuesday night in Austin with a chance to sweep this season's four-game regular season series. Tuesday's Rice game will be televised by CSTV. (Check www.CSTV.com to see if the broadcast will be available on your local cable system. DirectTV users tune in to channel 610.)
Among Big 12 schools, the Huskers' weekend series loss led to a poll fall (from No. 12 to No. 15 in the coaches' poll, from No. 13 to No. 19 in Baseball America and from No. 15 to No. 17 in Collegiate Baseball) while the streakin' Sooners (22-11 overall) generally gained a bit of ground (to the cusp of the top 25 in the coaches' poll, from No. 30 to No. 25 in Collegiate Baseball but unchanged at No. 18 in Baseball America). The Aggies (29-9 overall) are the Big 12's only other ranked team, coming in at No. 14 in the coaches' poll, No. 13 in Baseball America and No. 27 in Collegiate Baseball.