Collegiate Baseball has released it's initial poll for 2007. Two Big Ten programs have made CB's Top 40. The University of Michigan checks in at #38 and Ohio State is the last squad in at #40.
The rankings reveal that both teams, bolstered by experienced pitching staffs, should have high expectations for the upcoming season. The trick then becomes living up to those expectations.
Other items of note: Notre Dame is sandwiched right in between the Wolverines and Buckeyes. The Fighting Irish are ranked #39.
A third Big Ten school, Minnesota, also received votes in the first CB poll of '07. If poll is acccurate and three Big Ten schools are in amongst the top 60 or so programs in the country, this should be one of the strongest Big Ten fields in recent memory.
A pair of MAC schools received votes, as well. Central Michigan and Ball State both garnered some pre-season recognition. Again, if there are this many quality schools in the north, 2007 should be a banner year for baseball in the snowbelt.
Oh, I almost forgot. Who is #1? Rice University was tabbed as college baseball's top team.