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Baseball Power Rankings (Week 7)

Cal Poly left-handed pitcher Matt Imhof is part of a starting staff that has been lights out. Larry Goren/Four Seam Images via AP Images

It was another cold slap of reality for teams in the ESPN Power Rankings. A full 15 of the 20 teams in last week's rankings took on losses, and eight of those teams lost two or more games. So far in 2014, the attrition rate is getting ridiculous and movement is constant.

Don't expect this roller coaster to slow down any time soon, as bad weekends have become more and more prevalent for the top teams, especially for those brave enough to venture out on the road. Just ask LSU, Ole Miss, Rice and Oregon how they enjoyed their far-flung adventures in conference play last week. All you other Top 20 teams out there that came away unscathed, don't snicker. Your time is nigh as well.

Now on to the who's hot and who's not Power Rankings.

1. Virginia (23-4)

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Last week: 1

Of note: The Cavs are still pitching rich, with an ACC-best ERA of 2.23. But keep an eye on their offense, which has potential but hits just .281. Mike Papi is the only .300-plus hitter at .355.


2. Cal Poly (23-4)

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Last week: 2

Of note: OK, sure, Friday ace Matt Imhof has been nails so far. But Sunday starter Casey Bloomquist has been huge as well, improving to 6-0 and giving up seven earned runs in 42 2/3 innings.


3. Florida State (22-5)

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Last week: 4

Of note: The only glitch on the week was a mildly charged bench-clearing push-and-shove match in the loss to Florida. After that, it was smooth sailing in three wins vs. Boston College.


4. Vanderbilt (23-6)

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Last week: 5

Of note: Good rebound for the Dores after Friday night's loss to Kentucky, which dropped Friday starter Tyler Beede to 4-3 on the year. But VU outscored the Cats 15-5 in the next two wins.


5. South Carolina (24-3)

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Last week: 7

Of note: How about those Cardiac 'Cocks? They hit two walk-off home runs in the Saturday doubleheader over Tennessee and made the "SportsCenter" No. 9 spot on the weekend Top 10.


6. Oregon State (21-6)

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Last week: 8

Of note: If you've been to Arizona's Hi Corbett Field, you know it's where pitching ERAs go to die. Yet Jace Fry kept the Wildcats hitless until the eighth inning in Sunday's 11-0 rout.


7. Louisiana (26-3)

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Last week: 9

Of note: Though their schedule is just 178th nationally, the Cajuns are 12th in the RPI and have a Division I-best 26 wins. Friday ace Austin Robichaux went only 3 1/3 innings in the 14-3 loss to Western Kentucky.


8. Houston (22-5)

Trending:

Last week: 13

Of note: The Cougars were on Upset Alert after dropping the Friday opener vs. Memphis. But they took Saturday and Sunday's games to go along with a midweek win over Rice.


9. Oregon (19-8)

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Last week: 3

Of note: The first half of the Ducks' 10-game road swing is done, and they have to hope their second half is better than the 2-3 start. A huge upcoming series at Washington will be fun.


10. Texas (22-7)

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Last week: 16

Of note: That was an impressive series win over Texas Tech, two out of three. And talk about a series the Longhorns really needed. This was their first Big 12 weekend win since 2012.


11. Rice (21-9)

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Last week: 6

Of note: Skyler Ewing keeps on raking, going 5-for-12 with three doubles and two home runs at Middle Tennessee last weekend. Also, Blake Fox threw eight innings of three-hit ball in Saturday's 8-0 win.


12. Washington (20-5-1)

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Last week: 18

Of note: You have to like a team that goes on a big winning streak, as UW has won 10 straight and 16 of its last 17 while leading the Pac-12 with an 8-1 mark.


13. Louisville (21-6)

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Last week: 20

Of note: The Cardinals still don't have much of a strength of schedule to peacock about, but routing a pretty good Xavier team twice last weekend was a good sign.


14. UNLV (19-8)

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Last week: NR

Of note: The Rebels are part of a foursome of very good Mountain West teams. In the past month they have weekend series wins at New Mexico and Nebraska and at home vs. San Diego State.


15. Florida (19-9)

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Last week: NR

Of note: Wins over Florida State and LSU precipitated a quantum leap for the Gators. Consistency is the big question. Arduous road trips to Kentucky and South Carolina are up next.


16. LSU (20-8-1)

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Last week: 10

Of note: We've had our questions about the Tigers, but nobody saw that three-game kerplunk at Florida coming. But you know how the SEC is; redemption is just a weekend away.


17. Texas Tech (22-9)

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Last week: 17

Of note: It was a hard-fought 1-2 weekend versus rival Texas, but at least the Red Raiders got Zach Davis' steal of home with two outs and two strikes in the ninth on "SportsCenter's" Top 10 plays.


18. UCLA (16-10)

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Last week: 11

Of note: The series loss to Arizona State -- albeit a nip-and-tuck affair all weekend -- was still a small surprise since the Bruins had won nine of 10 coming in, gaining our good graces.


19. Seton Hall (18-5)

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Last week: 19

Of note: Although it's still too early to judge the RPI, at No. 68, the Pirates' schedule will dip due to a weakened Big East. Butler and New York Tech are on deck the next two weeks.


20. UC Santa Barbara (19-5)

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Last week: 15

Of note: After a great start, the Gauchos took a dive in losing two of three at home vs. Hawaii to open Big West play. Maybe they were just looking forward to the Cal Poly showdown this weekend?


Five on deck: Alabama (19-8), New Mexico (19-9-1), Oklahoma State (19-9), San Diego State (21-7), Mississippi State (20-10)