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College World Series 2012: Bold Predictions for Opening Games in Omaha

Courtesy of Gary Green, Orlando Sentinel
Courtesy of Gary Green, Orlando Sentinel
Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2012

The 2012 College World Series features the perfect blend of powerhouse teams and surprises, and that is all we can ask for from sports. 

With the first batch of games from Ameritrade Park in Omaha taking place this weekend, there will be plenty of storylines worth paying close attention to. 

Here is a look at all of this weekend's games.  

 

Stony Brook's Run Will Continue With Win vs. UCLA

Courtesy of Stony Brook Athletics
Courtesy of Stony Brook Athletics

UCLA has had no problems through the Regionals and Super Regionals, posting a 5-0 record and outscoring its opponents 33-9. 

Stony Brook was an unknown coming into the tournament, as the No. 4 seed, in what was widely regarded as the worst Regional group. 

Yet the scrappy Seawolves have knocked off the three teams in their Regional, took down the mighty LSU in the Super Regional and now have a matchup against UCLA. I have been underestimating this team throughout the tournament, but no more. 

While I won't go so far as to say Stony Brook is going to win the whole thing, there is no reason to think this team isn't going to walk away victorious from this game against UCLA. 

 

Florida State Will Dominate Arizona

Courtesy of Stephen M. Dowell, Orlando Sentinel
Courtesy of Stephen M. Dowell, Orlando Sentinel

At this stage of the game, Florida State should be considered the favorites to win the College World Series. A favorable matchup against Arizona only helps the Seminoles' chances, but this team has been so good and so dominant all season that they don't look like they can be stopped. 

 

Kent State Will Steal Another Win

Courtesy of Kent State Athletics
Courtesy of Kent State Athletics

Like Stony Brook, Kent State seemingly came out of nowhere to earn a trip to Omaha. The Golden Flashes are not dominating their opponents, but they have enough pitching and offense to keep games close in the later innings. 

Against Arkansas, a team with more pitching than offense, Kent State has to make sure it doesn't fall behind by more than a few runs early. 

I don't see Kent State having those kinds of problems in this particular matchup, and the miracle run will continue. 

 

South Carolina and Florida Will Play The Best Game in Omaha

Courtesy of Gator Zone
Courtesy of Gator Zone

This may not be going out on a limb, since these are two of the best teams in the country and we get to see them play in the finale of Bracket 2, but it is not often that you see a matchup between the two-time defending champions (South Carolina) and the team everyone expected to win the whole thing coming into this season (Florida).

Both teams are loaded with talent; Florida has more MLB talent than South Carolina, though the Gamecocks boast a strong core that could make an impact in the pros. This will be a hotly contested battle that will come down to the final pitch. 


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