2023 College Baseball Showdown

College Baseball Preseason Rankings Roundup

College Baseball Preseason Rankings Roundup

When does the college baseball season start? It starts this month and here are the NCAA baseball rankings in 2023 to start the season, with LSU as No. 1.

Feb 2, 2023 by Joe Harrington
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The 2023 college baseball season begins in February as teams from across the country prepare for a possible journey to Omaha for the College World Series. 

But some teams enter the season with that goal more realistic than others. 

There are four major preseason college baseball polls, and one thing is unanimous: The LSU Tigers enter the year as the overwhelming favorite.

LSU Baseball is the No. 1 team in every poll, while Tennessee is No. 2 in three of the four polls, with Florida getting the other No. 2 ranking. 

Almost every poll is dominated by the SEC, which all have six programs—and not all have the same six programs—ranked in the top 10. Defending champion Ole Miss seems to have the biggest swing, ranked No. 4, No. 6, No. 10 in three polls, and barely in the top 25 in another. 

Here’s a look at the college baseball rankings.

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What Are The Four Major Preseason College Baseball Rankings?

The four major polls are: 

  • Baseball America 
  • Collegiate Baseball 
  • D1Baseball.com
  • Perfect Game 

LSU Baseball Roster Is Loaded With MLB Prospects, Talent

There’s no mystery behind LSU’s rankings. 

The Tigers have a loaded roster and possibly the best hitter in the game. Dylan Crews is considered the top player in the 2023 MLB Draft. He was the Co-SEC Player of the Year in 2022 and is trying to become the first two-time winner since 2007 (Matt LaPorta of Florida did it last). 

Crews hit .349 with 22 home runs and 72 RBI last season. 

Tommy White broke the NCAA record for home runs by a freshman with 27 as a member of NC State in 2022. He transferred to LSU after the season. 

And that’s not even the biggest impact transfer for LSU.

The Tigers added Air Force pitcher Paul Skenes out of the transfer portal, an All-American pitcher in 2022 with a 100-mph fastball. Skenes is the No. 4-ranked MLB Draft prospect, giving LSU two of the top four players.

Pitcher Grant Taylor (No. 53) and pitcher Ty Floyd (No. 86) are also on MLB’s list. 

Who Is The Best Non-SEC Team In The 2023 College Baseball Rankings?

Stanford ranks as high as No. 2 and as low as No. 4 to be the most consistently, highest ranked non-SEC team among the four polls. 

The Cardinal are led by shortstop Tommy Troy, the No. 29-ranked MLB Draft prospect. 

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Defending champion Ole Miss returns shortstop Jacob Gonzalez, the No. 5 ranked draft prospect.

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2023 College Baseball Rankings 

Baseball America

  1. LSU
  2. Tennessee
  3. Florida
  4. Stanford 
  5. Louisville 
  6. Vanderbilt
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Miami 
  9. Wake Forest 
  10. Ole Miss
  11. Arkansas
  12. UCLA
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. TCU 
  15. Oklahoma State 
  16. Maryland 
  17. North Carolina
  18. Oregon State 
  19. Virginia 
  20. Oregon 
  21. Southern Miss
  22. Auburn
  23. Texas Tech 
  24. East Carolina 
  25. N.C. State

Collegiate Baseball*

*Collegiate Baseball ranks the top 50 teams. Here are the top 25. 

  1. LSU
  2. Florida  
  3. Stanford 
  4. Texas A&M 
  5. Tennessee
  6. Louisville
  7. Arkansas 
  8. Miami 
  9. Vanderbilt 
  10. Wake Forest 
  11. North Carolina 
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. UCLA 
  14. U.C. Santa Barbara 
  15. TCU
  16. Virginia
  17. Texas Tech 
  18. Southern Miss
  19. Oregon 
  20. East Carolina 
  21. Maryland 
  22. Mississippi State
  23. Georgia Tech 
  24. Ole Miss 
  25. Texas


  1. LSU
  2. Tennessee
  3. Stanford 
  4. Ole Miss 
  5. Texas A&M 
  6. Wake Forest 
  7. Florida 
  8. Arkansas 
  9. Oklahoma State 
  10. Vanderbilt 
  11. East Carolina 
  12. North Carolina 
  13. Maryland 
  14. Virginia Tech 
  15. TCU
  16. Louisville 
  17. UCLA
  18. Southern Miss
  19. Virginia 
  20. Alabama 
  21. N.C. State
  22. Miami 
  23. South Carolina
  24. Texas Tech 
  25. Oregon 

Baseball America

  1. LSU
  2. Tennessee 
  3. Stanford
  4. Arkansas 
  5. Wake Forest 
  6. Ole Miss 
  7. Louisville 
  8. Florida 
  9. Miami 
  10. Texas A&M 
  11. Vanderbilt 
  12. UCLA
  13. North Carolina 
  14. TCU
  15. Virginia Tech
  16. Texas Tech 
  17. Auburn 
  18. Oklahoma State 
  19. Virginia 
  20. Oregon 
  21. N.C. State 
  22. Maryland 
  23. Oregon State 
  24. Texas
  25. Southern Miss

Is There A College Baseball Coaches Poll?

Yes. The USA Today publishes a Baseball Coaches Poll, but there was no preseason coaches poll as of Feb. 1. 

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How To Stream College Baseball In 2023?

FloSports will stream hundreds of college baseball games from the Division-I ranks to the Division-III ranks and more. 

The first games featuring ranked teams will be streamed on FloSports on Feb. 17, the first day of the Division-I season. FloSports is streaming all the games at the College Baseball Showdown, which features five ranked teams in the field of six. 

FloSports is also streaming Virginia Tech Vs. Charleston at 4 p.m. EST on Feb. 17. 

College Baseball Showdown Features Loaded Lineup

The six teams at the Globe Life Field College Baseball Showdown are: 

From the Big 12:

  • Oklahoma State
  • TCU
  • Texas

From the SEC: 

Here is the schedule: 

Feb. 17 College Baseball Showdown Day 1 Schedule: 

  • 12 p.m. ET: Missouri vs. Oklahoma State
  • 4 p.m. ET: Vanderbilt vs. TCU
  • 8 p.m. ET: Arkansas vs. Texas

Feb. 18 College Baseball Showdown Day 2 Schedule: 

  • 12 p.m. ET: Oklahoma State vs. Vanderbilt
  • 4 p.m. ET: Texas vs. Missouri
  • 8 p.m. ET : TCU vs. Arkansas

Feb. 19 College Baseball Showdown Day 3 Schedule: 

  • 11:30 a.m. ET: Vanderbilt vs. Texas
  • 3:30 p.m. ET: Arkansas vs. Oklahoma State
  • 7:30 p.m. ET: Missouri vs. TCU