1. Kansas: Steve Renko (24.0); Honorable Mention: Tom Gorzelanny (6.4)
2. Villanova: Mike Neill (0.0)
3. Miami: Ryan Braun (40.0); Honorable Mention: Greg Vaughn (30.7)
5. Maryland: Eric Milton (16.6); Honorable Mention: Tom Bradley (10.1)
1. Oregon: Dave Roberts (0.4); Honorable Mention: Keith Lampard(0.3)
2. Oklahoma: Jason Bartlett (18.4); Honorable Mention: Bobby Witt (15.1)
3. Texas A&M: Chuck Knoblauch (44.6); Honorable Mention: Doug Rau (12.7)
4. Duke: Mike Trombley (9.2); Honorable Mention: Chris Capuano (8.3)
1. North Carolina: B.J. Surhoff (34.3); Honorable Mention: Kyle Seager (17.5)
5. Indiana: Mickey Morandini (9.7); Honorable Mention: Chris Peters (3.2)
6. Notre Dame: Craig Counsell (22.3); Honorable Mention: A.J. Pollock (14.8)
7. Wisconsin: Paul Quantrill (18.1); Honorable Mention: Lance Painter (2.0)
1. Virginia: Ryan Zimmerman (34.9); Honorable Mention: Javier Lopez (8.5)
4. Iowa St.: Mike Myers (8.5)
10. Syracuse: Mike Barlow (-0.7)
11. Gonzaga: Jason Bay (24.3); Honorable Mention: Lenn Sakata (4.1)
The Favorite: Miami
Although Texas A&M might have the slight edge in top WAR now that the University of Texas and powerhouse Roger Clemens (140 WAR) are out of the picture, Miami is a much deeper squad. Braun, the most dominant alumnus to date, is still active and has posted a single-season WAR of at least 1.0 in each of the last three seasons, proving that he's capable of adding to his career total even in a sub-par campaign. Behind him, three players -- Vaughn, Charles Johnson and Aubrey Huff -- all boast career WAR values better than 20.0.
The Dark Horse: Notre Dame
Counsell's value rests mainly in his superior fielding, and a large percentage of the infielder's career WAR came on defense (18.5 dWAR). But the 28-year-old Pollock balances Notre Dame's game. Waiting in the wings to close out a potential dark horse victory is Brad Lidge, who has plenty of experience on a grand stage and a ring to show for it.
Lucky to be Here: Syracuse
Although he owns a negative WAR, Barlow, who pitched for four teams over the course of his seven-year career, remains the only player from the upstate New York school to have reached the Major Leagues.