Several Big 12 teams have broken into the top 10 in the national polls at various points of the season and, with three teams advancing to this year’s College World Series, the conference save the best for last.
In all four national polls for NCAA Division I college baseball, four Big 12 teams are ranked in the top 10 in the final rankings for the 2014 season. That’s two more than any other conference,
In the final USA Today Coaches Poll, Texas, which went the furthest of the three conference teams in the just concluded CWS, was ranked third behind national champion Vanderbilt and runner-up Virginia. TCU is fifth, Texas Tech No. 8 and regular-season Big 12 champion Oklahoma State 10th.
That’s pretty consistent with the rankings for the four Big 12 teams in the three other national polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and National College Baseball Writers Association.
The 2014 final college baseball rankings represent a sharp contrast from one year ago, when Kansas State was the highest ranked team from the Big 12, at No. 13 in the Collegiate Baseball final poll and No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Texas Tech’s No. 8 finish in the USA Today final poll and two others matches the Red Raiders’ highest ranking in baseball. The 1995 Red Raiders’ squad won a school-record 51 games and also finished eighth in the final national rankings.
Texas Tech achieved several firsts in the 2014 postseason: The Red Raiders won their first regional championship, their first super-regionals title and advanced to the College World Series for the first time in their history.