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February 7, 2010

Southeastern 80

Rank
Program
Remarks
1
LSU
The defending champions just reload. They have an ace, a closer, and a star hitter returning.
2
Rice
Their offense makes them dangerous. Their pitching will decide how far they go. Anthony Rendon may be National Player of the Year.
3
Florida State
A solid, well rounded club with their rotation back along with most of their offense. If the bullpen is solid, they should see Omaha.
4
Virginia
None of the elite clubs have as much returning as the Cavaliers. They are a team without a weakness.
5
Florida
The Gators won the past two years with less talented teams than this one. Their next step in the CWS.
6
Georgia Tech
The offense is powerful and the pitching staff is talented. If the consistency is there, their upside is off the charts.
7
Arkansas
The Razorbacks are confident after their strong finish last year. With so many players returning, this could be a special season on Fayetteville.
8
Miami
Deep and talented, Miami should match up with anyone. Their rotation is one of the nation's best and they have speed to burn positionally.
9
East Carolina
They have the pitching to contend. The offense has some holes to fill but the Pirates always score.
10
South Carolina
The Gamecocks have most of their pitching back to go with good offense. They have a chance to play at this postseason.
11
Clemson
The Tigers have most of their lineup back. They key is the getting productivity from their talented starting pitchers.
12
Coastal Carolina
Strong pitching, speed, and under-rated power make this one of Coastal's better clubs.
13
North Carolina
Who knows what to expect from the Tar Heels with so many newcomers in key roles?
14
Louisville
The Cardinals have plenty of talent and experience back from their Regional title club.
15
Georgia
The Bulldogs transition from a power team to a pitching and speed type of squad.
16
Ole Miss
The Rebels have a strong lineup returning. Who will pitch after ace Drew Pomeranz?
17
Vanderbilt
Vandy turned it on late last year with their young team. They have an abundance of talent that now has experience.
18
Alabama
Alabama will still hit for power but transitions into a more aggressive offensive club. Pitching is a question.
19
Southern Miss
Southern Miss builds on their CWS season with a new coach and many new starters.
20
Tulane
The Green Wave has a quality rotation and an strong crop of newcomers to help the offense.
21
Auburn
The Tigers are deep, experienced, and more talented. Can they get handle the SEC competition?
22
Kentucky
The Wildcats are much better with ace James Paxton. Unfortunately, we may not see him.
23
Tennessee
The Volunteers have one of the best lineups in the south. Their pitching is a huge question mark.
24
NC State
Look for the Wolfpack to bounce back thanks to a very good incoming class.
25
Mississippi State
The Bulldogs have some super freshmen that will make them contenders. It may take another year to get there.
26
FIU
One of the biggest surprises last year, FIU takes the next step in 2010.
27
James Madison
The Dukes are the team to beat in the CAA thanks to having all of their key guys back.
28
Florida Gulf Coast
Eligible for Regional play, the two-time A-Sun regular season champs are a scary club.
29
UNC-Wilmington
The Seahawks have everyone back from last season's disappointing club. They are hungry for a return to the top of the CAA.
30
Georgia Southern
The Eagles, a Regional team in 2009, are the most talented team in the SoCon.
31
Elon
The two-time SoCon champs had some sizable personnel losses.
32
Virginia Tech
This appears to be the best Hokie club since joining the ACC.
33
Middle Tennessee
The Blue Raiders have offense, pitching, and star power in Bryce Brentz.
34
Houston
The Cougars have most of their team back that finished third in C-USA.
35
Western Kentucky
The Hilltoppers lost most of that potent offense so the pitching has to lead the way this spring.
36
South Florida
The Bulls have a great shot to finish what they started last year as a Big East contender.
37
Boston College
The Eagles lost their stars but everyone else returns from their Regional club a year ago.
38
College of Charleston
The Cougars have a new lineup and new pitchers as they aim for an elusive return to the postseason.
39
Troy
If Troy gets pitching, they are a force in the Sun Belt.
40
Texas State
The Bobcats look to build on last season's Regional #2 seed club.
41
Duke
The Blue Devils continue to improve as a program. Is this the breakthrough season?
42
Georgia State
The Panthers lost a lot from last year's Regional club but their newcomers make this team their most talented.
43
Liberty
Strong pitching makes the Flames a dangerous club in the Big South.
44
Sam Houston State
How about a fourth? The Bearkats have three consecutive SLC Conference Tournament titles.
45
UAB
The Blazers have most of their lineup back and their best pitching staff since Brian Shoop arrived.
46
The Citadel
The Bulldogs have the SoCon's top pitching staff. Can they score enough in the offensive-minded SoCon.
47
Wake Forest
Tom Walter begins rebuilding the Demon Deacon program as he did in New Orleans.
48
Winthrop
The Eagles have a good rotation and a solid offense, enough to contend in the Big South.
49
Western Carolina
WCU lost a lot of players but have recruited well enough to remain a SoCon contender.
50
UCF
Some impact newcomers make them a dark horse club to crash the C-USA top division.
51
FAU
FAU is depending on big contributions from an exciting cast of newcomers.
52
Jacksonville
The most consistent A-Sun club should once again be in the hunt.
53
Lamar
The Cardinals have the pitching staff to contend for the SLC title.
54
Charlotte
The 49ers look to bounce back and take the A-10 crown after dropping back to the pack last spring.
55
Maryland
Erik Bakich takes over the Terrapin program and looks to avoid the cellar.
56
Stetson
A good recruiting class has Stetson back in contention in the A-Sun.
57
Louisiana
Their pitching should keep them in games. Offense is a question.
58
New Orleans
The Privateers have the lineup to give teams fits. Pitching is a concern.
59
ULM
Thw Warhawks have a good offense and some experience. They will have to pitch better to contend.
60
North Florida
Dusty Rhodes' final season could be interesting if the pitching comes through.
61
Southeastern Louisiana
The Lions should once again contend in the SLC.
62
Marshall
The Thundering Herd has enough returning to pull some upsets but must be more consistent.
63
South Alabama
The Jaguars are depending on contributions from a bevy of JC transfers.
64
Appalachian State
The Mountaineers are talented enough to be a factor in the SoCon but have lacked consistency.
65
Memphis
The Tigers have a new ballpark and an experienced team returning.
66
Radford
The Highlanders continue their ascension up the Big South pecking order.
67
Northeastern
If the pitching gets figured out, the Huskies could match their CAA fourth place finish.
68
UTSA
The lineup has to carry extra weight as Roadrunners look for pitching.
69
Old Dominion
The Monarchs have enough returning to be competitive. If the new guys have an impact, this could be a return to the top.
70
Kennesaw State
Losing two first round pitchers is tough to overcome. They should still be talented enough to factor in the A-Sun race.
71
Samford
A veteran club that took lumps last year, the Bulldogs will be better this spring.
72
UNC Greensboro
The Spartans' newcomers make them a team that should be one of the more improved in the south.
73
George Mason
Heavy personnel losses drops them in the CAA standings.
74
Furman
The pitching staff is the team strength as they try to climb in the SoCon.
75
Arkansas State
Arkansas State is building for the future under second year coach Tommy Raffo.
76
Louisiana Tech
The Bulldogs' offense makes them dangerous in the WAC race.
77
Lipscomb
Losing two stud pitchers makes this a transition season for the Bisons.
78
Mercer
The Bears have some experience back with 20 letterwinners.
79
Texas-Arlington
Lots of competition for jobs for the Mavericks.
80
Belmont
The Bruins will play spoiler in a balanced A-Sun.

Note: Southeastern 80 eligibility included schools in the SEC, ACC, C-USA, Sun Belt, Atlantic Sun, Southern, Big South, CAA, OVC, and Southland. Also there southern schools in non-southern conferences were eligible: Charlotte, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, Richmond, South Florida


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