Baseball: Stanford Supplants Texas At No. 1

After three weeks as a consensus No. 1 in college baseball's major polls, the Horns slipped to No. 2 following their first Big 12 series loss of the season. Stanford (35-6), which went 4-0 last week while Texas (42-8, 14-6) lost two of three to Missouri, took over the top spot in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll and the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball rankings.

Rice (33-7), idle for the week, remained at No. 3 as Miami and LSU settled into the No. 4 and 5 spots, respectively, in all three polls.

The only other consensus member of the top 10 is East Carolina. Texas A&M (35-14, 11-9) remained in the top 10 in the coaches' poll, moving up a notch to No. 9 despite another average week (2-2). The Aggies are 14th in Baseball America but still unranked in Collegiate Baseball.

Oklahoma State (29-15, 12-5), which leads the Big 12 by percentage points over Texas, is unranked in the coaches' poll but moved into both the Baseball America (No. 23) and Collegiate Baseball (No. 25) rankings. Oklahoma (28-18, 14-7), the league's third-place team a half-game behind UT in the standings, dropped from No. 15 to No. 19 in Baseball America and out of the Collegiate Baseball poll and remained unranked in the coaches' poll.

Heading into this weekend's league action, Texas Tech (31-13, 11-6) is the Big 12's fourth-place squad behind the Cowboys, Horns and Sooners. The Red Raiders are trailed by the Ags, Baylor (22-23, 10-9), Nebraska (30-14, 9-9), Missouri (27-17-1, 6-11), Kansas State (23-22, 3-15) and Kansas (25-25-1, 2-15).

Texas hosts the last-place Jayhawks this weekend at the Disch. A sweep of the bottom-dwellers would greatly boost UT's league title hopes. OSU still has three series left -- this weekend vs. the Huskers, the following weekend vs. Texas Tech, both in Stillwater, and then a season-ending series at Missouri -- while OU has a much more favorable path, hosting K-State this weekend before traveling to Nebraska on the regular season's final weekend. After this weekend's series with Kansas, the Horns take a weekend off from conference play before closing with A&M.

UT faces Texas State at 6 p.m. tonight at the Disch.

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