OK, it’s December.
We’re not even to Christmas yet.
Still, for us who love baseball, it’s never too soon to look ahead, right? Besides, the publications aren’t waiting for us, as the preseason college polls are starting to roll out.
And early indications suggest a pretty special 2014 season ahead for Oklahoma State.
Collegiate Baseball just released its Pre-Season Poll and the Cowboys are the highest-ranked Big 12 team, at No. 18. Again, it’s early, but it’s safe to say that while it may be premature to label OSU as the conference favorite, a place among the contenders seem sure.
Coming off a strong 2013 season that finished 41-19 in Josh Holliday’s return to coach the program, the Cowboys return several key components and have added a recruiting class drawing high marks.
Overall, the Big 12 doesn’t get a lot of love at the top of the Collegiate Baseball poll, but the league shows a strong presence in the second half of the rankings.
Behind OSU at No. 18 — TCU at 19, Texas 20, Kansas State 28 and Oklahoma 32. West Virginia and Baylor are just beyond the top 40, receiving votes.
Cal State Fullerton is No. 1, followed by Mississippi State, LSU, Oregon State, Florida State, Oregon, Indiana, Louisville, Vanderbilt and North Carolina State in the top 10.
The Cowboys open the season Feb. 14-16 with three games in the Texas-Arlington/Hilton Invitational at UTA.