The college baseball season comes to a boil over the next two weeks, with the eight teams left in the NCAA Division I tournament battling it out in the College World Series.
The final phase of the tournament gets underway at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday, June 15. The eight teams who progressed from the Super Regionals phase have been split into two brackets, with the two winners advancing to a best-of-three championship series.
Michigan vs Texas Tech gets the ball rolling at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, with the final game of the two brackets scheduled for Friday, June 21.
Of the eight teams left in the tournament, four come from the SEC—Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. The ACC has two representatives in Florida State and Louisville, while the Big Ten and the Big 12 have one team each—Michigan and Texas Tech.
Five of the remaining eight teams entered the tournament as one of the 16 national seeds. At number two, Vanderbilt is the highest seeded team left in the tournament, followed by numbers five and six Arkansas and Mississippi State.
Louisville and Texas Tech, meanwhile, are ranked seventh and eighth respectively.
National seeds have tumbled like domino chips so far in the tournament. Number one overall seed UCLA was eliminated by Michigan in the Super Regionals over the weekend.
The tournament had already lost number three and four seeds Georgia and Georgia Tech and defending champion Oregon State, which was ranked 16th overall.
The College World Series features a pair of four-team double-elimination brackets.Michigan, Texas Tech, Florida State and Arkansas are in Bracket One, while Mississippi State, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Louisville are in Bracket Two.
The tournament will be televised across the ESPN networks, with ESPN broadcasting both games scheduled for Saturday—Michigan vs Texas Tech and Florida State vs Arkansas.
The second and fifth overall seeds respectively, Vanderbilt and Arkansas are the bookmakers’ favorites to win the national title. According to BetOnline, the two SEC rivals are 3/1, followed by Mississippi State at 7/2.
The Michigan Wolverines and Florida State Seminoles have passed their first tests in the College World Series and will meet Monday for the right to move on to the tournament’s semifinal round.
Texas Tech and Arkansas, both losers during their first CWS game, will also meet Monday in a game that will end the college baseball season for the team that falls short in that matchup.