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2022 College World Series preview: SEC, Texas leads the eight-team field

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The 2022 College World Series kicks off at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha on Friday. Even though CWS is growing in popularity and getting more and more attention and attention, it is still a bit unfamiliar to some casuals. So, in the continued interest of being close to those who have nowhere else to turn, we’ve put together this year’s CWS Quick Start. What’s more, we’ve done it with the timeless FAQ format that’s a hallmark of ancient sacred texts. First question:

Shall we start?

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Now for the remaining questions.

How does the College World Series work?

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The last eight teams to play in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament travel to Omaha each year to compete in the College World Series. The format is simple – it’s a double elimination until the field is reduced to two teams. At this point, the lists are erased and these last two teams play in a best-of-three series at the national championship.

Who are the eight teams this year?

To forestall online rage, we’ll list these eight teams in alphabetical order. This year’s CWS members are Arkansas, Auburn, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Stanford, Texas and Texas A&M. A full half of the CWS’s attendance this year is in the SEC, which is a no-brainer given that the SEC is (and has been) the strongest conference in college baseball by a wide margin. Keep in mind that the other two 2022 CWS teams — Oklahoma and Texas — will join the SEC, possibly as early as 2024.

How did these eight teams get into Omaha?

First, here’s how the first two “rounds” of the 64-team NCAA DI Baseball Tournament, known as Regionals and Super Regionals, play out. In the Regionals, the 64 teams – 31 automatic entries through the Conference Championships and 33 participants overall – are split into 16 Regionals, each with four teams. Regionals are a double elimination format that continues until only one team remains in each of those 16 brackets. These 16 teams pair up and advance to the super-regional competition. The Super Regionals are a series of three wins, with the winner of each advancing to the College World Series.

Here’s how eight CWS teams made it to Omaha this year:

  • Arkansas: Moved beyond the Stillwater region, which also includes the states of Oklahoma, Missouri, and the Grand Canyon. Defeated North Carolina in Super Regional.
  • Auburn: An extended region of Auburn that also includes Florida State, UCLA, and southeast Louisiana. Defeated Oregon State in the Super Regional Tournament.
  • Our lady: Moved beyond the Statesboro region, which also included South Georgia, Texas Institute of Technology, and UNC-Greensboro. Defeated Tennessee in the Super Regional Tournament.
  • Oklahoma: An expanded region of Gainesville that also includes Florida, Central Michigan, and Liberty. Defeated Virginia Tech in Super Regional Tournament.
  • Ole Miss: An extended Coral Gables region that also includes Miami-Florida, Arizona, and Canisius. Defeated South Mississippi in the Super Regional Tournament.
  • Stanford: An expanded region of Stanford that also includes UC Santa Barbara, Texas and Binghamton. Defeated UConn in the Super Regional Tournament.
  • Texas: An advanced region of Austin that also includes the Air Force, Louisiana Tech, and Dallas Baptist. Defeated East Carolina in Super Regional.
  • Texas A&M: College Station Advanced Region, which also includes TCU, Oral Roberts, and Louisiana. Defeated Louisville in the Super Regional Tournament.

Are there famous teams that didn’t make it?

Yep, Mississippi and Tennessee. Mississippi State is the reigning national champion, but they fell short of expectations this season and didn’t even make it into the top 64 players. That means we still haven’t had a repeat national champion since South Carolina won it all in 2010 and 2011. .

Also missing from Omaha this year is Tennessee, who entered the tournament at number 1 overall. Considering they went 57-9 this season playing in the SEC, the Volunteers, had they won it all, would probably be remembered as one of the greatest teams of all time. Instead, Notre Dame stunned them in three Super Regional games.

What’s the schedule?

For starter games, it looks something like this:

Games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU can be streamed on fuboTV (try for free).

Friday, June 17

  • Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M, 2:00 pm ET, ESPN
  • Notre Dame vs. Texas 7:00 pm ET ESPN

Saturday, June 18

  • Arkansas vs. Stanford, 2:00 pm ET, ESPN
  • Ole Miss vs. Auburn 7:00 pm ET ESPN2

Further sorting runs from Sunday to Thursday, and then the best-of-three final series begins with Game 1 on Saturday, June 25 at 6:00 pm CST. Game 2 will take place on Sunday, June 26 at 2:00 pm and, if necessary, Game 3 will take place on Monday, June 27 at 6:00 pm CST. All final games will be broadcast on ESPN.

Any notable MLB draft prospects at this CWS this time around?

Our very own R. J. Anderson talked in detail about the best or at least the most interesting promising project of each CWS team, so we will point you to its direction for a complete analysis. For a try, however, here are the names to know and when they might hear their name when the MLB draft takes place on July 17th.

  • Arkansas: Cayden Wallace, 3B/OF
  • Auburn: Sonny DiChiara, 1B
  • Notre Dame: Jack Brannigan, 3B/RHP
  • Oklahoma: Peyton Graham, SS
  • Ole Miss: Hayden Dunhurst, C
  • Stanford: Brock Jones, OF
  • Texas: Ivan Melendez, 1B
  • Texas A&M: Trevor Werner, 3B

For pure entertainment, we will choose the powerful displays of DiChiara and Melendez.

Who is the favorite to win it all?

As a rough guide, here are the CWS odds from Caesars Sportsbook:

  • Texas: +350
  • Stanford: +450
  • Our Lady: +500
  • Arkansas: +650
  • Auburn: +750
  • Oklahoma: +800
  • Ole Miss: +850
  • Texas A&M: +900

By all accounts, Texas were the No. 1 team at the start of the season, so it’s no wonder they ended up at the top of that particular pile. In fact, this is baseball and there is so much structural parity in it that none of these teams are farsighted in Omaha. So get ready for an exciting week of college baseball.


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