The Diamond Dogs were selected sixth to begin the season by Perfect Game, while Baseball America slotted MSU eighth. It was the Bulldogs’ third Top-10 preseason ranking, having been picked No. 2 overall by Collegiate Baseball last month.
State went 5-0 against the top three teams in Baseball America’s poll last season, sweeping No. 1 Virginia in the Charlottesville Super Regional, eliminating No. 2 Oregon State from the College World Series with two wins and also defeating No. 3 Indiana in Omaha, Neb.
The Cavaliers were picked preseason No. 1 by both Perfect Game and Baseball America. Defending national champion UCLA, which beat MSU in the CWS finals, was picked eighth by Perfect Game, while Baseball America has the Bruins at No. 12.