2022 College World Series Preview: SEC, Texas, leads the field with eight teams

The 2022 College World Series kicks off Friday at Charles Schwab Stadium in Omaha. Although CWS is growing in popularity and attracting more and more eyeballs, it is still a little unknown to some casual. So in the constant interest of being there for those who have nowhere to turn, we’ve put together a brief example of this year’s CWS. Even better, we did it with the help of the eternal format of the FAQ, which is a hallmark of ancient sacred texts. The first question:

Shall we start?

Yes.

Now for the rest of the questions.

How does the College World Series work?

The last eight teams participating in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament travel to Omaha each year for the College World Series. The format is simple – this is a double elimination until the field is reduced to two teams. At this point, the sheets have been deleted and these two final teams are playing the best series of three for the national championship.

Who are the eight teams in it this year?

To prevent the rage online, we will list these eight teams in alphabetical order. This year’s CWS participants are Arkansas, Auburn, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Stanford, Texas and Texas A&M. Fully half of this year’s CWS field comes from the SEC, which is reasonable given that the SEC is by far the strongest college baseball conference (and has been for some time). Keep in mind that two other CWS teams for 2022 – Oklahoma and Texas – will join the SEC, probably as early as 2024.

How did these eight teams get to Omaha?

First, here’s how the first two rounds of the 64-team NCAA DI baseball tournament, known as regional and superregional, work. In the regional tournaments, the 64 teams – 31 automatic offers through conference championships and 33 major participants – were divided into 16 regional teams of four teams each. Regional tournaments are a double elimination format that lasts until there is only one team left in each of these 16 brackets. These 16 teams come together in pairs and move on to the superregional tournaments. The superregionals are the best of three series, and the winner of each is ranked in the World Series.

Here’s how this year’s eight CWS teams reached Omaha:

  • Arkansas: Extended beyond the Stillwater region, which also includes Oklahoma, Missouri and the Grand Canyon. Beat North Carolina in the superregional.
  • chestnut: Extended beyond the Auburn region, which also includes Florida, UCLA and Southeast Louisiana. Defeated Oregon in the superregional.
  • Our lady: Extended beyond the Statesboro region, which also includes Georgia Southern, Texas Tech and UNC-Greensboro. Defeat Tennessee in the superregional tournament.
  • Oklahoma: Extended beyond the Gainesville region, which also includes Florida, Central Michigan and Liberty. Defeat Virginia Tech in the superregional.
  • Be a miss: Extended from the Coral Gables region, which also includes Miami-Florida, Arizona and Canisius. Defeat Southern Mississippi in the superregional.
  • Stanford: Extended beyond the Stanford regional level, which also includes UC-Santa Barbara, Texas and Binghamton. Defeat UConn in the superregional.
  • Texas: Extended from the Austin region, which also includes Air Force, Louisiana Tech and Dallas Baptist. Beat East Carolina in the superregional.
  • Texas A&M: Extended beyond the regional College Station, which also includes TCU, Oral Roberts and Louisiana. Defeat Louisville in the superregional.

Are there any remarkable teams that have failed?

Yes: Mississippi and Tennessee. Mississippi is the reigning national champion, but they did not live up to expectations this season and did not even qualify for 64. This means that we have not had a second national champion since South Carolina won everything in 2010 and 2011.

Tennessee, who entered the tournament as the number one overall, is also absent from Omaha this year. Given that they made 57-9 this season while playing in the SEC, the Volunteers, if they won everything, will probably be remembered as one of the great teams of all time. Instead, Notre Dame stunned them in three games in the superregional tournament.

What is the schedule?

For the initial games it goes a little like this:

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

Friday, June 17

  • Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN
  • Notre Dame v. Texas, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Saturday, June 18

  • Arkansas v Stanford, 14:00 ET, ESPN
  • Ole Miss v Auburn, 19:00 ET, ESPN2

Further sorting takes from Sunday to Thursday, and then the best of the three final series begins with Game 1 on Saturday, June 25 at 18:00 CST. Game 2 will be Sunday, June 26 at 14:00, and if necessary Game 3 will be Monday, June 27 at 18:00 CST. All final matches will be broadcast on ESPN.

Any remarkable prospects for the MLB draft this time on this CWS?

Our own RJ Anderson has we looked at the best or at least the most interesting project perspective for each CWS team, so we will direct you to its direction for a complete analysis. For a taste, though, here are the names you need to know and when you can hear their name when the MLB draft falls on July 17th.

  • Arkansas: Kayden Wallace, 3B / OF
  • Auburn: Sony DiCiara, 1B
  • Notre Dame: Jack Branigan, 3B / RHP
  • Oklahoma: Peyton Graham, SS
  • Ole Miss: Hayden Dunhurst, K.
  • Stanford: Brock Jones, OF
  • Texas: Ivan Melendez, 1B
  • Texas A&M: Trevor Werner, 3B

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

Who is the favorite to win everything?

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

  • Texas: +350
  • Stanford: +450
  • Virgin Mary: +500
  • Arkansas: +650
  • Chestnut: +750
  • Oklahoma: +800
  • Be Miss: +850
  • Texas A&M: +900

Texas was the number one consensus team coming up this season, so it’s no surprise they look on top of that particular pile. However, it is really baseball and there is so much structural parity that none of these teams are far away in Omaha. So get ready for an exciting week plus baseball in college.

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