College World Series 2013: Regional Predictions And Schedule For 2013 CWS Matchups

The 2013 College World Series begins on Friday, following the release of the entire 64-team field on Monday. The CWS begins as a double-elimination tournament with 16 teams hosting regional sites, including  eight national seeds. Following that round, 16 teams will advance to the best-of-three super regionals, with those eight teams getting the right to advance to Omaha and play in the double-elimination 2013 College World Series.

This year, the North Carolina Tar Heels are the No. 1 overall national seed. Led by 3B Colin Moran and a plethora of quality starting pitching, the ‘Heels are once again a very dangerous team and a favorite to return to Omaha. Of course, when filling out your brackets, keep in mind that no team from the ACC has won the CWS since 1955. That will never prevent people from picking them, as the ACC is once again well represented, but it is something to keep in mind.

Taking a look at all 16 regional sites, here is a breakdown of the teams, schedule and first round matchups, as well as predictions as to which teams will advance to next week’s super regionals. First, here are the eight national seeds:

National Top Eight Seeds
1. North Carolina (52-8)
2. Vanderbilt (51-9)
3. Oregon St. (45-10)
4. LSU (52-9)
5. Cal St. Fullerton (48-8)
6. Virginia (47-10)
7. Florida St. (44-15)
8. Oregon (45-14)

BATON ROUGE REGIONAL

Friday, May 31

Game 1: No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Jackson State, 3 p.m.

Game 2: No. 2 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. No. 3 Sam Houston State, 8 p.m.

PICK: LSU

CHAPEL HILL REGIONAL

Friday, May 31
Game 1: No. 2 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 3 Towson, 1 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Canisius, 6 p.m.

PICK: North Carolina

CHARLOTTESVILLE REGIONAL

Friday, May 31

Game 1: No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Army, 1 p.m.
Game 2: No. 2 UNC Wilmington vs. No. 3 Elon, 6 p.m.

PICK: Virginia 

FULLERTON REGIONAL

Friday, May 31

Game 1: No. 2 Arizona State vs. No. 3 New Mexico, 7 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Cal State Fullerton vs. No. 4 Columbia, 11 p.m.

PICK: Arizona State

COLUMBIA REGIONAL

Friday, May 31

Game 1: No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Liberty, 1 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 4 Saint Louis, 7 p.m.

PICK: Liberty

BLACKSBURG REGIONAL

Friday, May 31
Game 1: No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Virginia Tech vs. No. 4 Connecticut, 5:30 p.m.

PICK: Oklahoma 

EUGENE REGIONAL

Friday, May 31
Game 1: No. 2 Rice vs. No. 3 San Francisco, 5 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 4 South Dakota State, 9 p.m.

PICK: Oregon

NASHVILLE REGIONAL

Friday, May 31
Game 1: No. 2 Georgia Tech vs. No. 3 Illinois, 2 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 4 East Tennessee State, 7 p.m.

PICK: Vanderbilt

LOUISVILLE REGIONAL

Friday, May 31
Game 1: No. 2 Miami (FL) vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State, 2 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Bowling Green, 6 p.m.

PICK: Louisville

BLOOMINGTON REGIONAL

Friday, May 31
Game 1: No. 2 Austin Peay vs. No. 3 Florida, 1 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 4 Valparaiso, 7 p.m.

PICK: Austin Peay

LOS ANGELES REGIONAL

Friday, May 31
Game 1: No. 2 Cal Poly vs. No. 3 San Diego, 5 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 4 San Diego State, 9 p.m.

PICK: San Diego

RALEIGH REGIONAL

Friday, May 31

Game 1: No. 2 Ole Miss vs. No. 3 William & Mary, 2 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 NC State vs. No. 4 Binghamton, 7 p.m.

PICK: NC State

STARKVILLE REGIONAL

Friday, May 31
Game 1: No. 2 South Alabama vs. No. 3 Mercer, 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Mississippi State vs. No. 4 Central Arkansas, 8 p.m.

PICK: Mississippi State

TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL

Friday, May 31
Game 1: No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Troy, Noon
Game 2: No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 4 Savannah State, 5 p.m.

PICK: Florida State

MANHATTAN REGIONAL

Friday, May 31
Game 1: No. 1 Kansas State vs. No. 4 Wichita State, 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 2 Arkansas vs. No. 3 Bryant, 8 p.m.

PICK: Arkansas

CORVALLIS REGIONAL

Friday, May 31
Game 1: No. 2 Texas A&M vs. No. 3 UC Santa Barbara, 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Oregon State vs. No. 4 UT San Antonio, 8 p.m.

PICK: Oregon State

As you can clearly see, I am never a proponent of picking all of the favorites. Like the college basketball tournament, there will be upsets. Trying to decide which teams will pull them off will be the tricky thing. Would I bet money that teams such as Liberty and San Diego will advance to the super regionals? Maybe not? I would certainly not guarantee it. But I will promise you that all 16 No. 1 seeds will not advance either. At least one or two No. 3 seeds could advance, and never count out a No. 4 coming out of a particular regional either. It is rare, but it does happen. It is not quite the equivalent of a No. 16 seed beating a No. 1 in the basketball tourney. It may be as impressive, but this feat has happened in the CWS.

 

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About the author

Rob Kelley is a former sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.