With the NCAA Tournament continuing this weekend with the Super Regionals, we are closer than ever to Omaha. There are 16 teams ready to dominate in order to show the world they are going to win the College World Series.
Despite some single-game upsets in the Regionals, things pretty much held to chalk. There are 10 No. 1 seeds remaining, with the lowest seed being Stony Brook in the Baton Rouge Region.
We will take a look at all eight weekend series and tell you which teams will be playing in TD Ameritrade Park.
Gainesville Super Regional
No. 1 Florida vs. No. 2 NC State
The Gators were the overwhelming favorite to win the College World Series when the season started. They have as much talent in all areas of the game as anyone and entered the tournament as the top overall seed.
The Wolfpack have had a solid season and put together an impressive performance with the bats in advancing to this series. They will put up a fight but don't have the pitching to keep up with Florida.
Prediction: Florida wins in three games
Columbia Super Regional
No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 2 Oklahoma
This is the time of year where the Gamecocks shine. They are looking to win their third straight College World Series. This team is better than the one from last year, so they appear destined for another trip to Omaha.
The Sooners should feel great about making it to this spot. Unfortunately, their run is going to come to an end against a stronger South Carolina team.
Prediction: South Carolina wins in two games
Eugene Super Regional
No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 3 Kent State
If there is a big upset to be had this weekend, I would look to this series. There is something about the way Kent State is playing right now that makes me feel confident about their chances in Oregon.
The Ducks were not challenged with a weak schedule in the Regionals and entered the postseason on a down note with three-straight losses.
Prediction: Kent State wins in three games
Waco Super Regional
No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 2 Arkansas
Baylor is the most underrated No. 1 seed in the tournament, relying on a lot of strong college performers and great coaching. They are going to do great things in this tournament, and defeating Arkansas is just the beginning.
Prediction: Baylor wins in two games
Los Angeles Super Regional
No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 2 TCU
No contest here. UCLA is one of the best teams in the country. TCU had a strong season, but is not in the Bruins' class.
Prediction: UCLA wins in two games
Baton Rouge Super Regional
No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Stony Brook
Stony Brook looks like a great story on paper, being the lowest seed in a regional to advance to this round. The problem is, they were in the worst region, by far. Give them credit for winning games, but it is not a great Cinderella story.
The Tigers did not play in the strongest region, either, but they put together a 43-win regular season in the toughest conference in America. Kevin Gausman leads a strong pitching staff, and the offense is going to be too much for Stony Brook to handle.
Prediction: LSU wins in two games
Tucson Super Regional
No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 3 St. John's
I like what St. John's is doing right now. They were able to defeat the mighty North Carolina Tar Heels on back-to-back days to get to this match-up with Arizona.
That said, it would be hard to play better than the Wildcats are right now. They won their three regional game by a combined score of 47-10. I don't think this series will be that lopsided, but Arizona will be heading to Omaha.
Prediction: Arizona wins in two games
Tallahassee Super Regional
No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 1 Stanford
Of all the series this weekend, this one should be the best. Florida State entered the tournament on a three-game losing streak, yet the Seminoles came out like a house of fire in their regional.
Stanford boasts a lot of talent, including Mark Appel, Stephen Piscotty and Kenny Diekroger—all high draft picks this week—so the Cardinal will give the Seminoles all they can handle in this series.
I am giving Stanford a slight edge, just because their best players are better than the Seminoles' top players. Florida State has more depth, but in a short series, anything can happen.
Prediction: Stanford wins in three games