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Monday, March 21, 2005

What Gives Baseball America? Here Is Their Answer

From the Baseball America college chat today, here's the Q&A on why the Dirtbags remain unranked:
Q. Jeff from Long Beach asks:
Two weeks ago, after Long Beach State took two or three from Baylor in Waco, you indicated in the chat that the Dirtbags would have been back in your rankings but for the fact they lost two earlier to Southern Cal., which got USC the nod. Since then, the Dirtbags have won 2 of 3 from a decent Houston team, and this weekend won 2 of 3 from Wichita State (which was ranked in 2 of 3 polls - not including Baseball America). Why does Long Beach State remain unranked?

A: Will Kimmey:
The short answer is because there are only 25 spots. We like how the Bags are playing, but comparing them with the other new teams this week: Texas Tech and Mississippi State both beat ranked teams; Southern Cal has a head-to-head edge and Central Florida's 23-4 mark, albeit against a bit less rigorous a schedule, is just more impressive than 16-9 right now, even without an All-American at shortstop. The Beach is in the mix, but it's just a busy mix for the nation's best 30.
I'll say Central Florida's schedule is "a bit less rigorous." According to BoydsWorld, their non-conference schedule ranks as 199th "toughest," while the Dirtbags have the 15th hardest non-conference schedule. Gimme a break!

And what of the fact that two weeks ago Long Beach State took 2 of 3 from Baylor? That wasn't enough to get them into the poll, because USC had beaten the 49ers. Now Baylor sweeps Texas! It makes me wonder whether BA is looking at the whole season, or just one week at a time.

posted on 3/21/2005 by Jeff Agnew

Comments:
sic 'em db fan!
 
GRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Hey, I know it's only a beauty contest, but come on! I wonder if the result would have been different if we switched two weekends ago with this last one. That is, Baylor sweeps Texas 2 weeks ago, while we take 2 of 3 from WSU. Then we take 2 of 3 from Baylor this weekend. I'd wager to say that beating a 10th ranked Baylor would have landed us in the poll. Why a difference? Got me!
 
All the youg men we call Dirtbags have to do is keep winning. believe in themselves and their abilities. And I'll be in Omaha rooting for them, not UCF.
 
GoBeach...you are, of course, dead on right. Polls don't mean anything. They are really just for we fans to argue about! And so far, the 2005 Dirtbags have done a pretty darned good job of overcoming injuries and finding a way to win often.
 
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