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Auburn receives votes in preseason USA TODAY Baseball Coaches Poll

The Auburn Tigers are just a few weeks away from throwing the first pitch of the season and will begin the 2024 campaign on the outside looking in of the USA TODAY Baseball Coaches Poll.

The initial poll was released Tuesday and Auburn will begin the season in the “receiving votes” category alongside fellow SEC member Kentucky and in-state foe Troy.

Auburn will face six teams ranked in the preseason poll, beginning with No. 11 Virginia on Feb. 25 as part of the Jax College Baseball Classic in Jacksonville, Florida. Auburn will open SEC play with No. 6 Vanderbilt on March 15 in Nashville and will go on to face two top-10 teams in No. 4 Arkansas and No. 8 Tennessee in two of the three ensuing weeks.

Auburn will close its April schedule by visiting No. 2 LSU in Baton Rouge and will close the regular season by hosting No. 17 Alabama at Plainsman Park May 16-18.

In addition to facing six ranked teams, Auburn will also see five teams who are receiving votes in the preseason poll. The Tigers host UConn for a three-game set March 1-3 before facing Troy at Toyota Field, home of the Rocket City Trash Pandas, on March 12.

The Tigers will host Kentucky and Ole Miss for SEC weekend series’ this season and will play a home-and-home rivalry series with Georgia Tech on April 16 in Auburn and May 7 in Atlanta.

A look at the full Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports:

Rank

Team

Points

1

Wake Forest

751 (15)

2

LSU

731 (11)

3

Florida

727 (5)

4

Arkansas

672

5

TCU

643

6

Vanderbilt

576

7

Oregon State

543

8

Tennessee

529

9

Clemson

484

10

Texas A&M

468

11

Virginia

431

12

East Carolina

391

13

Texas

381

14

Duke

351

15

North Carolina

342

16

North Carolina State

289

17

Alabama

197

18

UC-Santa Barbara

187

18

Coastal Carolina

187

20

Iowa

186

21

South Carolina

169

22

Texas Tech

157

23

Stanford

121

24

UCLA

80

25

Northeastern

71

Others Receiving Votes

Kansas State 65; UC Irvine 51; Oregon 42; Oklahoma State 41; Auburn 35; Southern Miss 21; Dallas Baptist 21; Troy 19; Ole Miss 16; Florida State 13; UNCW 12; Arizona 10; Oral Roberts 9; Indiana State 8; Connecticut 7; USC 6; Georgia 6; Campbell 6; Kentucky 5; West Virginia 4; Indiana 4; Georgia Tech 4; Maryland 3; Hawaii 3

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