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College Baseball Rankings - Rice, Tulane Out; A&M Leapfrogs UT

Baseball America came out with its new NCAA Top 25 on Monday, and there was some pretty heavy shake-up as conference play began in earnest last weekend. Vanderbilt had a big weekend, jumping all the way from No. 3 to No. 1, as Florida fell off the top spot.

Conference USA switched things up, with Rice and Tulane falling out of the polls entirely, while Southern Miss (who beat the Green Wave two out of three this weekend) debuted at No. 22. RIce's fall from the ranks of the ranked comes on the heels of a home series loss to Central Florida.

See how the rest of the state of Texas fared after the jump.

Texas-Austin was able to push across just five runs against Oklahoma State this weekend, en route to losing two of three, which led to a drop from No. 5 to No. 8. While the Longhorn pitching staff has been top notch, the offense remains a pretty big question mark.

They were jumped by Texas A&M, who improved their spot from No. 8 to No. 6 with a 4-0 week that included a sweep of Kansas. The Aggies now boast a 5-1 record in Big XII play, and have won six straight games, as well as 11 of 13 overall, a streak that started when they topped the Houston Cougars at Minute Maid Park.

The Baylor Bears beat Kansas State two out of three this weekend, improving their Big XII record to 3-3, and their spot in the polls from No. 21 to No. 19. They'll have a busy schedule this coming week, hosting UTSA and Lamar mid-week before traveling to Kansas for a weekend series.

Evidently beating the Houston Cougars two out of three at home wasn't very impressive to the voters, as TCU accomplished that, and still dropped a spot in the polls from No. 14 to No. 15.

Speaking of the Coogs, despite just a 12-13 record, Boyd's World has the Coogs sitting at an RPI of 50, thanks to the brutal schedule they've played so far. The schedule isn't easing up the rest of the way, so if UH can start winning games, they are certainly still within striking distance of an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament.

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