After giving much thought and in some cases, not much thought at all, here are my predictions for this year’s College World Series:
Tempe Regional – Arizona State shouldn’t have much trouble getting out of this regional.
Fayetteville Regional – Arkansas will get a little pressure from Washington State but I like the Razorbacks here.
Auburn Regional – I’d love to see an Auburn/Alabama Super Regional, but I like Clemson to get out here.
Atlanta Regional – Home team should take care of business here with Georgia Tech moving on.
Charlottesville Regional – Virginia and Ole Miss will battle here, but in the end I think I like Virginia to get out here.
Norman Regional – No one expects anything from the ninth-place team out of the ACC. That is why North Carolina wins this.
Columbia Regional – Virginia Tech is on a roll right now and hopefully we will get to see their sweet Astros style rainbow jerseys.
Myrtle Beach Regional – Coastal Carolina might be a dark horse national champion. I look for them to advance.
Austin Regional – Texas shouldn’t have much of a problem here.
Fort Worth Regional – TCU is the best team here with a loaded pitching staff. Might drop a game, but still see them getting through.
Norwich Regional – Uconn is the home team, Florida State is the top seed, but I think Oregon pulls off the shocker and gets through
Louisville Regional – The Cards play on an all synthetic field and will have the home field advantage as they know how to play all of the hops.
Los Angeles Regional – LSU gets shipped out west for the first time in school history. They are still the defending champs and will continue their hot play.
Fullerton Regional – Fullerton is at home and the 2-seed Stanford is not that strong. Titans shouldn’t have a problem.
Coral Gables Regional – Interesting Regional with FIU and Wittles hitting streak and the Aggies, but I think Miami still gets through.
Gainesville Regional – Another magical run for the Beavers? No, Florida wins it, but might get pushed a little.
Arizona State/Arkansas – Sun Devils will make it out of this regional in two.
Clemson/Georgia Tech – Tigers go on the road for the second straight week, but Georgia Tech will win this in three.
Virginia/North Carolina – Both teams very familiar with each other, but I think the ACC Champs will put an end to UNC’s streak of four straight trips to Omaha.
Virginia Tech/Coastal Carolina – Coastal Carolina will earn its first trip to the College World Series taking this in three.
Texas/TCU – TCU has the pitching to win this, but in the end, the Longhorn will return to Omaha.
Oregon/Louisville – The Ducks’ Cinderella runs ends here.
LSU/Fullerton – LSU won’t get a chance to defend their title, falling to Fullerton.
Miami/Florida – A good rivalry game that I think Florida will end up winning.
College World Series
The Big 12 tournament was not the Texas we are going to see in the postseason. I think the Longhorns win this year, knocking off Arizona State in the championship series.