Now that the field has been narrowed down to sixteen teams, the competition will heat up even more as teams try to get to Omaha. With eight series between two teams this weekend, we should know the eight teams bound for the College World Series by Sunday evening. Hereís a look ahead to how I think the Super Regionals will go.
Dick Howser Stadium
Florida State, in my opinion, could have been upset if they had come up against a better opponent. I donít feel Notre Dame has the firepower to deny FSU of a CWS appearance this season. South Alabama would have challenged FSU a little more, but Florida State will not be denied a trip to Omaha this season. The ĎNoles should take it in just two games with the help of the home crowd.
This matchup of in-state and in-conference rivals should be a good one. Both teams are coming off regional wins at their home stadiums, but this time, Stanford gets the advantage since this Super Regional is at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto. The Cardinal have a lot of experience in CWS play, as does USC, but this time it will be the Stanford pitching staff that comes through and sends the Cardinal to Omaha once again.
This in-state matchup of could be one of the better Super Regionals this season. Houston came into the NCAA Tournament as the champions of C-USA while Texas was the regular season champs of the Big XII. Both of these teams have RPIís in the top ten. Texas won at home last weekend, but Houston had to do their work on the road. I think Houston is the better team of the two and will come into Austin and knock of UT in three games.
Both of these teams won home regionals last weekend, but now LSU must go on the road to take on a Rice team with 50 wins. The Tigers were in trouble after losing on Saturday last week but were able to step it up in time to move on to the Super Regionals. This is the time of year LSU baseball takes a step forward, and I believe this year will be no different.
Doug Kingsmore Stadium
Arkansas was not the best team in the Wichita regional, but thanks to an early upset, they were able to easily advance. Their luck, however, will run out this weekend as they meet up with one of the best teams in America. The Clemson Tigers have dominated opponents all season long, and this weekend should be no different.
The Richmond Spiders were one of my picks as a surprise team before the regionals began, and I believe they will continue to surprise. The Atlantic Ten champs went into Winston-Salem and stole the regional from Wake Forest last weekend. This week, the Spiders will have to come into Lincoln and take away a CWS berth from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, a team who played in Omaha just last season.
Sarge Frye Field
Miami would have a great shot at moving on to the College World Series if they werenít playing in Columbia. I still believe the Canes could steal this one from USC, but the Gamecocks are due. I think theyíll finally cash in and move on to Omaha. Miami surprised some people by winning the Gainesville regional last week, but I think USC has the better combination of pitching and hitting and will capture a CWS berth.
Russ Chandler Stadium
Florida Atlantic surprised Alabama last week by stealing the regional in Tuscaloosa. Georgia Tech won their regional fairly easy and caught a break by getting to host the Super Regional this weekend. The Jackets are ready to capitalize on thier luck against this team from the Atlantic Sun conference. It appears Georgia Tech is bound for Omaha.