The two time defending national champion USC baseball team is ranked second in Collegiate Baseball’s preseason poll that was released Monday. The Gamecocks are ranked behind Florida, their SEC East rival and the team they beat for the title last June.
Stanford, North Carolina and Texas round out the top five teams.
Clemson is ranked 25th in the poll. The College of Charleston is 32nd.
The SEC has seven teams ranked in the top 25 in the poll (Florida 1, USC 2, Texas A&M 6, Arkansas 8, LSU 12, Georgia 18 and Vanderbilt 23).
The ACC has five teams ranked in the top 25, (North Carolina 4, Georgia Tech 9, Florida State 13, Miami 14 and Clemson 25).