College World Series: Latest projections have TCU Hosting Regional
The regular college baseball season is behind us. All conference tournaments take place this week, giving some teams another chance to compete for their best postseason placement. Next Monday, May 30, the NCAA will announce the 64-strong field for the tournament, including regional hosts and potential hosts of the Super Regionals.
D1Baseball.com, one of the leading sources for college baseball information, scores and more, has updated its postseason tournament predictions. D1Baseball has six of the nine Big 12 teams in the postseason.
With TCU now the absolute champion of the Big 12 regular season, the Horned Frogs are likely to host a regional league again. This brings good news and bad news. Sure, it’s great to play at home and among your fans. But the best part is that it keeps the Frogs from playing a regional in College Station against former skipper Jim Schlossnagle. A&M is one of the hottest teams in the nation right now, and for the past few weeks, TCU has been forecast as the No. 2 in College Station Regional. The bad news with this new prediction, however, is that Dallas Baptist is the No. 2 player in the Fort Worth Regional — the team that won the Fort Worth Regional last year and has already beaten TCU twice this season.
TCU is the predicted No. 14, meaning they would play the Super Regional against No. 3 Stanford if both teams won their Regionals. The only other Big 12 school likely to host a regional school is the state of Oklahoma.
In addition to the Big 12 schools, these projections have four of TCU’s non-conference opponents in the mix.
Here are some of D1Baseball.com’s predictions as of May 22nd:
Big 12 schools
- State of Oklahoma– Proposed National Seed #14 where they would be hosting a Regional in Stillwater. Their prospective Super Regional would face No. 2 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg
- Oklahoma – Projected #2 seed in the Charlottesville Regional.
- TCU– Proposed National Seed #14 where they would host a Regional in Fort Worth along with DBU, Texas State and McNeese State.
- Texas – Projected #2 seed in College Station Regional where Frogs fans say “Better you than us!” Much luck!”
- texas tech – Projected #2 seed at College Park Regional where they would potentially meet #6 Maryland.
- West Virginia – Projected #3 seed in the Blacksburg Regional. If they won that regional, they could potentially have a rematch in Stillwater with OSU.
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TCU opponents outside of the conference
- army – Projected #4 seed in College Station Regional.
- Dallas Baptist – Projected #2 seed in the Fort Worth area.
- State of Florida – Predicted #3 seed in the Auburn region.
- Louisville – Estimated national #7 seed and host of the Louisville Regional and possibly a Super Regional against the Auburn Regional winner.
- UTSA – Projected #3 seed in College Station Regional
Regional Tournament Organizers: The Top 16
- Regional Knoxville, Tennessee
- Blacksburg Regional (Virginia Tech)
- Stanford Regional (Stanford)
- Corvallis Regional (Oregon State)
- Coral Gables Regional (Miami)
- College Park Regional (Maryland)
- Louisville Regional (Louisville)
- Regional College Station (Texas A & M)
- Hattiesburg Regional (Southern Miss)
- Maroon Regional (Maroon)
- Charlottesville Regional (Virginia)
- South Bend Regional (Notre Dame)
- Eugene Regional (Oregon)
- Regional Fort Worth (TCU)
- Stillwater Regional (Oklahoma)
- Statesboro Regional (South Georgia)
College World Series brackets
Assuming each host team wins their regional championship (they won’t) and the bottom eight regional hosts all take to the streets to play the Super Regional against the top eight teams, and assuming that the top eight national seedlings take all the Supers win (they wont), this is how the brackets in Omaha would look like:
- (1) Tennessee
- (4) State of Oregon
- (5) Miami
- (8) Texas A&M
- (2) Virginia Tech
- (3) Stanford
- (6) Maryland
- (7) Louisville
Look for storylines from the conference tournaments that could change those predictions. We’ll know what the NCAA postseason will be like in seven days.
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