College World Series fans, beware of the the North Carolina Tar Heels, the current top-ranked team according to the Collegiate Baseball poll. With a record of 34-2 it’s no surprise that the Tar Heels Baseball program has secured the number one spot. Close on the Tar Heels’ heels is LSU with a number 2 ranking and a record of 34-3. It’s going to be a tight race to the top with those teams and many other NCAA Division I baseball teams vying for a top ranking.
Razorback fans are still nursing the ultimate heartache of losing a spot in the 2012 College World Series finals. When the Carolina Gamecocks edged them out in a 2-0 victory, Arkansas fans were stunned. It looks like their 2013 College World Series chances are a little bit better according to the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll, who has ranked Arkansas in first place. Rounding out the top five are NCAA Baseball powerhouses such as UCLA, Vanderbilt, LSU and North Carolina.
Many fans will remember 2012 as a year of upsets and unexpected twists. CWS constants such as LSU and Arizona State were noticeably missing from the contest while Kent State and Stony Brook both made first time appearances in the series. We would be willing to bet that there were a lot of Louisiana State Tigers fans who had already ordered their College World Series tickets by the time their team was squeezed out of competition.
This year promises an equal level of excitement, heartache and sweat. Among the top 40 ranked programs are plenty of teams that you expect such as Arizona and Stanford . Schools like Oregon and Pepperdine have made the cut as well which could prove interesting over the course of the season. Time will tell if those who have made the trek many times before will need their CWS tickets in hand or if we will once again see some new blood take the field at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Stay tuned as we watch another exciting season of NCAA baseball unfold.