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dws3665

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"Conference rank:  #13 SEC" might give it away.


Hahaha - missed that. There goes my career as Sherlock Homes.
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35. Marshall

http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/15540
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I certainly look forward to the daily rankings that CSM provides leading into the season. It really is the only ranking that satisfies pre-season anticipation on a daily basis. However, is there really not better research done to make the decisions. Using last year's finish for a vast majority of how they think a team will do this year is lazy it seems. In the case of Marshall. First of all their 4 year RPI average from 2014-2017 was 76. They had an RPI of 31 in 2017, 96 in 2016, 53 in 2015, and 124 in 2014. Additionally they lost their ace in Jordan Dixon, who threw 77% of their innings last season and they lost the best player in the history of their program in Morgan Zerkle. They do return a bit of production on offense, but 35 is an extremely high in a sport so reliant on pitching and to have lost 77% of their pitching from last year. Nothing against Marshall or anyone else in the ranking, many are quality teams. However I would think that it is a stretch for Marshall to finish above FIU, Louisiana Tech, or an FAU team without Hansen and Wilson.
Again nothing against Marshall, they are just the team I decided to post on. I know that each team in the ranking will have someone taking exception to them. I also know that year after year although it is fun to look at the daily ranking, the quality is pretty low.
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I am so with you on that, southpaw
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34. Missouri

http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/15543

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33. Fresno State

http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/15546

southpaw

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Another selection that would seem to defy some logic it may seem.

Coach Garza and her staff did a great job last year returning to the NCAA Tournament.

However, they lost their 3 best hitters and the conference pitcher of the year to either graduation or transfer. Dung had 63% of their innings last year. Really they are down both Dung and Juarez from where they projected to be with their pitching staff in 2018 (if you looked at them a few years ago). Hard to replace those horses in the circle unexpectedly in the era of early verbals.

I mean you would think CSM would realize these things and not rank them in the Top 33 teams.

Hard to think that they lost the conference pitcher of the year to transfer and that their 4th best returning hitter hit .233 with 1 HR and 5th best hit .203 with 1 HR and that they should be considered the 33rd best team. They were the the 48th best RPI team at the end of last season, they lose all of those pieces (and a couple unexpectedly) and they are going to now be the 33rd best team.

Would love just a little bit more effort on the research end.
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And their final top-two regional seed is....

Arkansas

http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/15549

So, if Oklahoma were No. 1 this season, it would be a bus-distance-pure and bracket-pure matchup

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And speaking of poor research, the same write up correctly identifies Madison Yannetti as a departing player and then claims that she is likely to be one of the Hogs’ top power hitters.

Which would be quite a feat! Plus, Yannetti had some pop to her bat, but I wonder if they don’t mean Ashley Diaz, who actually has good power (12 HR as a freshman, though she definitely had a sophomore power slump last season with just 3).

Oh well.

I guess the only other thing that surprises me about this is that they have the Hogs behind the Gamecocks (and maybe UGA), but that’s certainly just a matter of opinion.
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Don't know much about Arkansas, but it is finally nice to see them have a team in the ranking that returns pitching. It seems like year in and year out they put teams in their ranking that have lost a majority of their pitching. In a game where so much depends on pitching it just seems like that would be one of the first variables they look at to rank teams.
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Arkie fielded a pretty game team at last year's Norman regional. This year will be mostly about the pitching, as it is with everyone. Thing I respected was their fight. They came out swinging.
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Justin's World of Softball is doing conference forecasts.  Higher level in that it doesn't go through every team, but way more accurate and knowledgeable about teams and players, from what I can tell.

http://www.justinsworldofsoftball.com/2018-conference-forecasts
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Justin's World of Softball is doing conference forecasts.  Higher level in that it doesn't go through every team, but way more accurate and knowledgeable about teams and players, from what I can tell.

http://www.justinsworldofsoftball.com/2018-conference-forecasts


How many conferences are they doing each day ?
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Don't know much about Arkansas, but it is finally nice to see them have a team in the ranking that returns pitching. It seems like year in and year out they put teams in their ranking that have lost a majority of their pitching. In a game where so much depends on pitching it just seems like that would be one of the first variables they look at to rank teams.


I don't know much about them either, but I guess I'm about to.  I can very comfortably say I'm excited to watch Storms pitch in person.
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How many conferences are they doing each day ?


Looks like 1 every few days.
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http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/15557

31. Georgia
32. Arkansas

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kinda shocked at the low UGA i wouldn't be shocked if they finish in the lower top 25
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http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/15559

30. UNC

31. Georgia

32. Arkansas

 

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http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/15559

30. UNC

31. Georgia

32. Arkansas

 




UNC will battle it out for the ACC championship and they are number 31? Where's FSU in these rankings?
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UNC will battle it out for the ACC championship and they are number 31? Where's FSU in these rankings?

Easily Top 15, especially with the addition of Hanson to help out King in the circle

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UNC is not battling FSU for anything unless Kylee doesn't come back fully AND Meghan doesn't pitch.

Heels lost one of the Mount Rushmore players in their history in Kendra Lynch, who is now a grad assistant at FSU

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UNC is not battling FSU for anything unless Kylee doesn't come back fully AND Meghan doesn't pitch.

Heels lost one of the Mount Rushmore players in their history in Kendra Lynch, who is now a grad assistant at FSU



True!

Pickett is decent in the circle, but she can’t hold off FSU on her best day
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http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/15561

Another Top 32 who lost their ace

29. BYU

30. UNC

31. Georgia

32. Arkansas

 

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http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/15563

28. South Carolina (They didn't quite make that #12 slot)

29. BYU

30. UNC

31. Georgia

32. Arkansas

 

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http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/15563

28. South Carolina (They didn't quite make that #12 slot)

29. BYU

30. UNC

31. Georgia

32. Arkansas

 



I’m just glad to see them on there!

We lost a lot in the circle, but I’m excited to see what our new comers can do, and I’m hearing good things about our hitting coach. We shall see!
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http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/15566

27. Cal

28. South Carolina

29. BYU

30. UNC

31. Georgia

32. Arkansas

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http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/15566

27. Cal

28. South Carolina

29. BYU

30. UNC

31. Georgia

32. Arkansas



Cal is a team i would like to see rise again, but clearly the school cares nothing about their facilities. Worst in a P5 conference imo. No recruit wants to play in that
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My understanding is that a new complex is in the works, but it’s all tied up in legal paperwork. A similar problem I hear UCLA is dealing with for their upgrades as well.
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Cal is a team i would like to see rise again, but clearly the school cares nothing about their facilities. Worst in a P5 conference imo. No recruit wants to play in that

They cared about facilities upgrades once at Cal and it didn't turn out so good. 
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26. Wisconsin

27. Cal

28. South Carolina

29. BYU

30. UNC

31. Georgia

32. Arkansas

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