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Texas Tech keeps rolling as Kansas makes a push to the upper tier

Power Rankings for Week 3 2018

Nikopoia

Week 3 Rankings:
1. #3 Texas Tech Red Raiders: 14-0 (LW 1)
Texas Tech seems incapable of losing through the first part of their non-conference schedule. It was, thought at this point it shouldn’t be, surprising how thoroughly dominant the Red Raiders were in sweeping then #15 South Alabama in a four game series. An incredible stretch from Michael Davis has him with a six game hitting streak that go 11-23 (.478) with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.

Texas Tech enters it’s last stretch before conference play begins with tough road match-ups with #6 Kentucky and #13 Louisville on the road. If Tech comes out of those 5 games still undefeated, just go ahead and give them the NCAA championship.

2. #8 TCU Horned Frogs: 8-3 (LW 2)
The Horned Frogs took two of three from UC Irvine, but the troubling part is the 15-2 drubbing they took in the series finale. Losing is okay, but getting blown out might speak to bigger problems being hidden in non-conference. With Texas Tech pulling away, TCU can’t afford to take their remaining non-conference games for granted.

3. Kansas Jayhawks: 8-4 (LW 5)
Kansas has played five games in five days ending with a two game set with #4 Florida State in Tallahassee. Kansas swept Texas Southern, but looked outmatched, and perhaps a bit tired, on the mound losing 10-5 and 12-7 against the Seminoles. With only four games left until conference play begins, Kansas looks to take momentum into their opening series against Texas on the 16th.

4. #23 Texas Longhorns: 8-4 (LW 4)
An impressive series against Northwestern shows just how formidable this team can be. Splitting would have been nice, but taking three of four has the Longhorns rolling into a big Stanford series this weekend.

5. Kansas State Wildcats: 8-4 (LW 7)
Kansas State is doing what they need to do with their soft non-conference schedule, namely sweep inferior teams. The Wildcats did just that with their sweep of La Salle. Kansas State has little chance to move up much farther in the rankings until they show us more in conference play.

6. Oklahoma State Cowboys: 7-4 (LW 3)
As suspected, a tough series against Arizona State had the Cowboys glad to be back home. Losing two of three to the Sun Devils and barely surviving Sunday’s contest to avoid a sweep may have led to a slight hangover as the Cowboys narrowly escaped Missouri State 10-8. Eastern Michigan comes to town this weekend and Oklahoma State should get back to their winning ways.

7. Oklahoma Sooners: 7-6 (LW 8)
Oklahoma continues it’s prolonged home stand taking two of three from Alabama. One thing to note those is the lopsidedness of the final two games; a 16-4 win and a 13-1 loss makes me scratch my head. Adding to the confusion, Oklahoma beat Dallas Baptist 15-3 during their mid-week game. This team may be dangerous, if not inconsistent.

8. Baylor Bears: 5-5 (LW 6)
A quiet week for Baylor sees them slip down to #8 in our rankings. They lost to California and a Top 10 Texas A&M team at the Frisco Classic before salvaging a win over Louisiana Tech. Should have an easier time against George Washington University this weekend.

9. West Virginia Mountaineers: 5-5 (LW 9)
A sweep of Western Kentucky will always be a cure for what ales you and it gets West Virginia back on the right track. They don’t have the most difficult non-conference schedule so as predicted they should start to rack up the wins before conference play starts.