OK…so I get many of you will say “who cares…we didn’t get to Omaha”…and I understand. If that’s your mindset, this post isn’t for you. Better you just move on.
I was just thinking about it. I haven’t looked back at all the seasons, but it seems to me that when the Razorbacks have gotten to the CWS, the final, post-season poll have the “Omaha 8” ranked 1-8…or, at least, in the top 10. And in general, I guess I don’t have a problem with it.
But this is a different season, as far as we are concerned. Our metrics and consistency have been off the charts…until the Supers.
Think about this - had the NC State series been in the regular season…and we lose 1 game to 2…I think there’s a good chance we still are ranked #1. Our lead over the pack was so great that we had some “slack” between us and the field. Right now - our RPI is as much ahead of the current #2 in RPI, as the gap between #2 and the 19th team in the country. And that’s AFTER we lost our last 2 games.
So - at worst - we’d be #2 in the polls based on our body of work and how far ahead we were. There’s NO WAY we would fall to #9. No way. And that’s based on following the Baseball polls for several years, including this year. It isn’t as knee-jerk as Basketball and especially Football, especially once you get into the second half of the season and there is a lengthy track record to judge the ranking on. It’s not just about what just happened the past week. When we lost 3 in a row very early in the year, waaaay before we ran off on the next 10 weeks of dominance, we only dropped a couple of places.
Realistically, i’d rank us 3rd or 4th in the Final poll. You can’t deny - and I won’t - that the “Tournament” (i.e, CWS) is the way a Champion is named in College Baseball. But that doesn’t mean that the regular season doesn’t matter. To name a champion - yes. But for the rest of the rankings? No, they shouldn’t. You just can’t toss 3 months of borderline historic dominance (if not always to the eye, consistently in the results) out because we lost ONE too many games one weekend…by 1 run.
By the way, we will also finish with THE #1 SOS, so we didn’t do it against weak opposition And there’s a very good chance that we end up being the #1 HR hitting team in the country (Tennessee would have to stay in the CWS and get hot…or NC State needs to get hot and stay hot all the way to the end to have a chance). And, we had the best pitcher…arguably, player…in the country.
I say we’re top 3, but we won’t be voted that high. It will be an absolute crime if we aren’t top 5. Almost certainly, we will be ranked behind teams we have a winning record against face-to-face, in addition to the other large lead we have in other metrics.