Wednesday, June 4, 2008

2008 NCAA Baseball Super Regionals: Predictions

The 2008 Super Regionals get under way this weekend. All 8 National Seeds survived their Regionals last weekend. This is a continuation on last weeks Regional Predictions.


CORAL GABLES SUPER REGIONAL
Host: Miami (No. 1 Seed)

Arizona (41-17) at Miami (50-8)

How they got here: Arizona won the Ann Arbor Regional. Miami won the Coral Gables Regional.

Prediction: A team would have to be fearless to go into top seeded Miami's back yard and come away with a trip to Omaha. Well, I believe Arizona has the talent and experience to do just that. Arizona has series victories this year over Georgia, CS Fullerton, Stanford and Arizona State and just got finished going on the road to Michigan and winning 3 straight last weekend. Cats in 3.


CARY SUPER REGIONAL

Host: North Carolina (No. 2 Seed)

Coastal Carolina (50-12) at North Carolina (49-12)

How they got here: Coastal Carolina won the Conway Regional. North Carolina won the Cary Regional.

Prediction: As much as I'm a believer in pitching (which UNC has plenty of), I'm going with the hot bats of the Chanticleers over the 2 time CWS runner-up Tar Heels ('06, '07). Look for the 7th time this decade a South Carolina team makes an appearance in Omaha (USC 02, 03, 04) (Clemson 00, 02, 06). This will be Coastal's first ever trip to Omaha.


TEMPE SUPER REGIONAL

Host: Arizona State (No. 3 Seed)

Fresno State (40-28) at Arizona State (48-11)

How they got here: Fresno State won the Long Beach Regional. Arizona State won the Tempe Regional.

Prediction: Fresno State is making an appearance after winning the Long Beach Regional as the #4 seed. Unfortunately for them the magic runs out in Tempe and this series will be over quick. Look for an easy sweep for the Devils.


TALLAHASSEE SUPER REGIONAL

Host: Florida State (No. 4 Seed)

Wichita State (47-15) at Florida State (52-11)

How they got here: Wichita St. won the Stillwater Regional. Florida State won the Tallahassee Regional.

Prediction: I know FSU usually underachieves in the postseason, but I'm not sure Buster Posey will allow the Noles to bow out before they reach Omaha. The Noles came out of the losers bracket last weekend after getting shut out in the opening game. Their bats have dominated since and I think they will ride their bats to the CWS.


FULLERTON SUPER REGIONAL

Host: Cal State Fullerton (No. 5 Seed)

Stanford (38-22-2) at Cal State Fullerton (42-20)

How they got here: Stanford won the Stanford Regional. CS Fullerton won the Fullerton Regional.

Prediction: The Titans are one of the premier programs in all of college baseball and home field advantage in this series is huge....but I'm going with Stanford here to advance on the road. I still believe this Stanford team will not only make it to Omaha, but will win a couple games when they get there.

HOUSTON SUPER REGIONAL
Host:
Rice (No. 6 Seed)

Texas A&M (46-17) at Rice (45-13)

How they got here: Texas A&M won the College Station Regional. Rice won the Houston Regional.

Prediction: Rice is another national power in college baseball who is going to be very difficult to beat in Houston. Look for HUGE crowds in Texas this weekend to watch a great series between the Owls and Aggies. I just think A&M is destined to get to Omaha this season.


BATON ROUGE SUPER REGIONAL
Host:
LSU (No. 7 Seed)

UC Irvine (41-16) at LSU (46-16-1)

How they got here: UC Irvine won the Lincoln Regional. LSU won the Baton Rouge Regional.

Prediction: LSU has won 23 straight games since getting semi-swept (0-2-1) in Baton Rouge by Georgia. They are the hottest team in the country and rolled in their games last weekend. The Eaters were in Omaha last season and have a great pitching staff, but LSU and their offense is not gonna be denied.


ATHENS SUPER REGIONAL
Host:
Georgia (No. 8 Seed)

N.C. State (41-20) at Georgia (39-22-1)

How they got here: N.C. State won the Raleigh Regional. Georgia won the Athens Regional.

Prediction: NC State has a very deep pitching staff with one of the best bullpens in the country and were one of the top teams all season in the best conference in college baseball this year. Georgia clinched the SEC Championship with a week to play and like FSU bounced back after losing their first game in the Regional last weekend. Georgia is 15-0 in postseason elimination games at Foley Field all time. Look for Georgia to make their 3rd trip to Omaha in 5 years and their 4th trip this decade.

2008 CWS:

Arizona Wildcats
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Arizona State Sun Devils
Florida State Seminoles
Stanford Cardinal
Texas A&M Aggies
LSU Tigers
Georgia Bulldogs


Who are your 8 teams to get to Omaha?


2 comments:

Worm said...

Give me pitching over hitting anytime:

Miami
UNC
Arizona St.
Wichita St.
Cal St. Fullerton
Rice
LSU
Georgia

JJ said...

I always defer to Bop when it comes to College Baseball. This looks like it might just end up being a CWS full of traditional powerhouses. There are alot of different combinations of teams that look like it could make for an exciting week or two in Omaha.