During the course of a baseball season, you always have your weekends of total upheaval, shocking upsets and top-10 reshuffling. In other words: Chaos. Stunners. Shockers. Parity.
Well, guess what? This wasn't one of those epic weekends. In fact, it was kind of a yawner, to be honest. The top 10 of this week's Power Rankings stays almost exactly the same as last week. In fact, the combined record of the top 10 teams for last week was 33-5. The only team to lose more than once was Vanderbilt, but its 2-2 mark is tempered by the fact that the Commodores won a weekend series at Florida.
For those of you looking for the May Madness, don't worry. You know how things are this time of the season. Next week is a new opportunity for chaos.
1. Oregon State (38-8)
Last week: 1
Of note: The Beavers are as consistent as it gets and have now won 11 games in a row. Michael Conforto had two home runs and five RBIs in Sunday's 11-2 closeout of UCLA.
2. Virginia (41-9)
Last week: 2
Of note: UVa coach Brian O'Connor got his 500th victory at Virginia in Friday's 4-3 win over Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers have won 13 one-run games this season.
3. Louisiana (46-7)
Last week: 3
Of note: With the three-game sweep at South Alabama, the Cajuns have set the school record for wins in a season and have the nation's best road record at 22-2.
4. Washington (36-11-1)
Last week: 4
Of note: The good news for UDub is that by going unbeaten vs. Grand Canyon and Bethune-Cookman, it didn't hurt its RPI, as the Huskies actually jumped three spots, from No. 26 to No. 23.
5. Cal Poly (41-10)
Last week: 6
Of note: After playing .500 ball the last few weeks, the Mustangs put together an impressive week, including a series win over Big West leader UC Irvine, while also tying the program record for wins with 41.
6. Louisville (40-12)
Last week: 5
Of note: In the Cards' three wins last week, All-America reliever Nick Burdi threw six innings with 13 K's, no walks and just one hit. But the Cardinals struggled mightily vs. unsung Temple.
7. Houston (39-13)
Last week: 7
Of note: In their final game of the weekend, the Cougars scored seven runs in the last two innings to complete the sweep of UConn. As coach Todd Whitting likes to say, "This team never quits."
8. Oklahoma State (38-13)
Last week: 8
Of note: The Pokes piled up 30 runs to nab an impressive three-game sweep at Big 12 preseason favorite Kansas State. OSU has now won seven straight weekend series.
9. Florida State (39-12)
Last week: 9
Of note: Friday's 7-0 win over North Carolina secured the Seminoles' eighth straight Atlantic Division title. Amazing. Nineteen of the last 28 games in the UNC series have been decided by three runs or fewer.
10. Vanderbilt (38-14)
Last week: 10
Of note: The Dores' week got off to a rough start (losses to Louisville and at Florida), but they rebounded nicely with a pair of wins to cap the Florida series. Carson Fulmer continues to shine, as he threw a complete-game four-hitter in Friday's 3-0 win.
11. Miami (FL) (38-14)
Last week: 13
Of note: The Canes are stalking a national seed, moving from No. 16 to No. 10 in the RPI after an impressive sweep at Duke. Meanwhile, they also killed the Devils' tournament hopes, as Duke slipped to No. 85 in the RPI.
12. South Carolina (39-13)
Last week: 12
Of note: Considering the bumps, bruises and inconsistent play of late, the best news is that the Gamecocks won all four games this week. Time to buckle down: Vanderbilt is next.
13. Rice (34-16)
Last week: 15
Of note: The Owls suffered their first loss to UT-San Antonio since 1994 on Friday, then powered back to win the next two by a combined score of 22-5. Left fielder Michael Aquino went 6-for-10 with six RBIs in the two wins.
14. Indiana (35-12)
Last week: 18
Of note: For the second season in a row, IU is the Big Ten's regular-season champion, winning a school-record 19 conference games. First baseman Sam Travis hit home runs in all three wins over Penn State.
15. TCU (36-14)
Last week: 16
Of note: Not to harp on the negative here, but in their only loss this week -- a 7-5, 11-inning defeat to Oklahoma -- the Frogs committed a season-high four errors. But TCU did score five runs in the ninth inning to force extras.
16. Oregon (36-16)
Last week: 11
Of note: Oof! The Ducks may well have played themselves out of a shot at a home regional, as they drop to No. 25 in the RPI after losing two of three at Arizona State.
17. Florida (34-18)
Last week: 14
Of note: Do you remember "Rollercoaster," that '70s disaster movie? Since entering the Power Rankings a few weeks ago, the SEC East-leading Gators have gone from 16 to 13 to 18 to 14 to 17.
18. LSU (36-14-1)
Last week: 17
Of note: The Bayou Boys and Alabama could get only two games in this weekend (rain), splitting the pair. With an RPI dipping down to No. 20, are we looking at the Tigers' being the 2-seed 47 miles away in Lafayette's regional?
19. Texas (34-15)
Last week: 19
Of note: The Longhorns took this week off for exams (and to address their recent skid). But UT is a good road team (10-5), and a trip to struggling Kansas State might be just the tonic.
20. Ole Miss (37-15)
Last week: NR
Of note: The numbers back them up. The Rebels lead the SEC in hitting at .303 and are fourth in pitching with a 2.59 team ERA. Plus, Auston Bousfield has an SEC-best .367 batting average.
Five on deck: UC Irvine (34-16), Texas Tech (37-16), Liberty (38-11), Sam Houston State (37-14), Seton Hall (36-11)