Power Ranking the 8 Teams of the 2012 College World Series

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Power Ranking the 8 Teams of the 2012 College World Series
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If the Gators have any shot at dethroning South Carolina, it's going to take a heroic effort from Mike Zunino.

Thanks to two late-inning, game-winning hits, Arkansas and Kent State became the final two teams to join the eight squads vying for college baseball immortality later this week in Omaha, Nebraska.

Few sporting events can capture majesty and greatness quite like the College World Series, and as fans descend on the new symbol of the CWS, TD Ameritrade Field, they'll have so many great storylines to keep them entertained.

For starters, there are two squads making their first appearances, Kent State and Stony Brook. The local natives always seem to adopt a team during the final round of eight, and have a particular tendency to favor the teams making their debuts, often inspiring said squads with even more confidence.

While both the Golden Flashes and Seawolves are phenomenal stories, the favorites heading into the tournament are no doubt two perennial powers from the SEC, Florida and South Carolina. The Gators have been the consensus No. 1 team for the majority of the season, while the Gamecocks are looking to capture their third consecutive college title.

Toss in a few other baseball powerhouses (UCLA, Arizona, Florida State and Arkansas) and this year's CWS has all the makings of a truly exciting affair.

Let's take a closer look at the eight squads competing and how they rank in terms of the likelihood of bringing home the championship trophy.

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