Only five of the national seeds advanced to the College World Series, which means it will be a fairly typical scenario when the games start on Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
Top-seeded Oregon State (54-4) will play in the first game of the tournament, matching up against Cal State Fullerton (39-22) at 2 p.m. CT Saturday. That game will be followed by a 7 p.m. CT showdown of ACC and SEC powers when Florida State (45-21) faces No. 4 national seed Louisiana State (48-17).
Then on Sunday, the day will begin at 1 p.m. CT with another ACC-SEC battle royale when No. 7 seed Louisville (52-10) faces Texas A&M (41-21).
Sunday’s second game will be the only opening round meeting of national seeds when No. 6 TCU (47-16) faces No. 3 Florida (47-16).
If you are counting, three of the eight teams to reach Omaha are from the SEC (Florida, LSU, Texas A&M), two are from the ACC (Louisville, Florida State) and the Big 12 (TCU), Pac 12 (Oregon State) and Big West (Cal State Fullerton) each are represented by one team.
In the 18 years of the Super Regional format, an average of 4.5 national seeds have made it to the CWS. Only 21 national seeds have made it to the CWS Championship Game/Series and only seven of those have won the title.
This year saw the elimination of three national seeds in the regional round: No. 2 North Carolina, No. 5 Texas Tech and No. 8 Stanford.
The teams will play a pair of double-elimination brackets to determine the two teams that will advance to a best-of-three series on Monday, June 26.