The road to Omaha begins Friday, as the 2019 season of College Baseball begins for Division 1 programs in the NCAA. Oregon State are the defending champions entering the college season.
The Beavers were ranked number 8 int eh pre-season top 25. Oregon State finished last season with a record of 55-12-1. Arkansas, the team that Oregon State defeated in the World Series are ranked 16th in the top 25.
Oregon State are looking to capture their second straight ring. The last time that happened was 2010-2011 when the South Carolina Gamecocks went back-to-back. Their bid for a three-peat was dashed in the championship of the 2012 CWS.
It isn’t as if Oregon State are rookies when it comes to back-to-back titles. The Beavers were able to pull off this feat in 2006 and 2007.
Vanderbilt earned the top ranking entering this season. The Commodores are rich in history when it comes to college baseball. The squad has multiple SEC Championships and one national title under their belt. They have a long history but have only picked up one title in their program’s history.
The SEC dominates the baseball rankings. Five SEC teams are in the top ten and they have 8 in the top 25, more than any other conference in the nation. LSU, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Auburn are all among the top 25.
LSU are ranked second entering this season Texas Tech, Louisville and UCLA all make up the top five in the rankings, in that order.
The SEC isn’t the only conference that is well represented. The ACC and Big 12 both placed five teams in the top 25, and the Pac-12 placed three teams.
Powerhouses like Clemson, Texas, Auburn and TCU can be found near the bottom of the top 25.
Oregon State may have the number one prospect entering this season. Adley Rutschman is projected to be the number one selection in the upcoming draft. The catcher turned in one of the best performances in College World Series history, with 17 hits (a record) and batting .567.
Who will prevail at the end of the college baseball season? The Top 25 is stacked and it isn’t hard to believe that any team in the top 25 could be the last program standing at the end of the season.