MSU Baseball Pollwatchin': Week Three

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The Bulldogs worked their way back up the polls with a 6-0 week.

Well, that's much more like it.

After a fairly rough 2-3 week two weeks ago, Mississippi State healed some concerns this week with a medicinal 6-0 record.  That included two fairly decisive wins over Mount Saint Mary's in the midweek, followed up by four weekend wins split between Eastern Illinois and Michigan State.  State pushed its luck a bit in some tight games over the weekend, but wins were achieved, and that is what matters more than stranded runner concerns and other things.  With that 6-0 week in the books, let's take a quick look at where MSU landed in this week's edition of Pollwatchin'.

Pollwatchin': Week Three
Poll Ranking Previous Link
Baseball America 12 18 BA
College Baseball Newspaper 14 18 CBN
NCBWA 12 15 NCBWA
Perfect Game 8 10 PG
USA Today/Coaches 10 4 USAT

As expected, MSU climbed in nearly every poll after the perfect week.  Don't let the USA Today poll fool you - they had not updated it since the preseason, thus the drop for State.  Even though these rankings mean essentially nothing, it's nice to see State climb back up a bit towards the top ten where they started the season off.  With five games against fairly tough competition this week, there's a good chance that another strong week could push MSU even higher as they get closer to SEC play in several weekends.  Other Pollwatchin' notes:

  • MSU takes on a 5-5 South Alabama team Wednesday that made some big-time noise this past weekend.  The Jaugars, who participated in last summer's Starkville Regional, went to Fayetteville, Arkansas this past weekend and took two of three from #24 Arkansas.  That's impressive.
  • This week was a rough week for the SEC overall, as Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, and Arkansas all fell out of the Baseball America poll after tough showings over the weekend.  Ole Miss and Kentucky both entered a few polls after really good starts to the year.
  • SEC foe South Carolina is the new #1 in a few polls after a 10-0 start to the season.  MSU and the Gamecocks will not face off this season.

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