The Pac-10 Conference baseball season is set to begin the annual round-robin gauntlet this weekend as the overall conference from top-to-bottom looks to be stronger than ever.
Six teams are ranked in the RPI Index Top-40, with UCLA at No. 1, Arizona State at No. 3, Oregon State at No. 8, Washington State at No. 23, Stanford at No. 27, and Arizona at No. 32.
One shills to corporate sponsors (Rivals), while the other relies on empirical data like the record of your opponents and the winning percentage of your opponents-opponents (Boyds).
The opening weekend in the Pac is set for some outstanding matchups and it will be interesting to see who jumps out of the gate to lead the Pac!
Arizona State will take its perfect 20-0 record on the line as they host a struggling California Golden Bear program.
Although much of the conference will be tuning up with one last non-conference opponent, there are a few other conference matchups that play key dividens down the road.
Oregon will travel to Arizona to take on the Cats and USC will venture north to take on the Cardinal.
The Oregon-Arizona series, two teams who have won 27 of their last 29 ball games looks to be a dandy in the desert!
A Listless Washington team looks to revive its season with a trip back to Dallas Baptist, before their annual Apple Cup Rivalry with WSU the following week.
Frigid Washington State will try to warm up after being snowed out in Wichita by hosting CS-Bakersfield
UCLA will put its perfect 17-0 record on the line with in-state rival Cal Poly at home, a tune up for Stanford next week.
A Red-hot Beaver program will host struggling Long Beach State at home, a tune up for their trip to USC the following week.