It was Oregon State and Arizona State battling for the number one ranking in the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll, and Arizona State edged the Beavers by a mere two votes. Oregon State, Arizona State, UCLA and Stanford were the four teams from the Pac-10 made it to the post season last year. That was the 10th consecutive time the Pac-10 has put four teams into the post season.
Pac -10 Preseason Coaches Poll
|1||Arizona State (4)||57|
|2||Oregon State (3)||55|
Oregon State ended the year ranked No.1 in almost every imaginable poll, but the pollsters aren't giving the young Beavers very much luck this time around. They're ranked 41st in Baseball America's Preseason Rankings, but Rivals.com has them at No. 14.
My general assumption is that it's going to take a few games to see what this team has and how well the new guys gel together; then we will all be more clear on what to expect for the season.