We’ve closed the book on the SEC Tournament with nine College Baseball programs around the Southeastern Conference that have hit the practice fields, made the travel plans, and ironed out all the kinks before the official start of the 2022 NCAA College Baseball Tournament. At this point, all the blood, sweat, and tears are all for this.
With just nine SEC teams remaining, there are nine different programs with the same chance to win a National Championship trophy for the second year in a row for the conference.
Unless you live under a boulder, you know how good Tennessee Baseball is and the potential the Volunteers possess to bring home a National Championship trophy home to the folks on Rocky Top. There’s no question about it, Tony Vitello and his Tennessee Volunteers are the clear-cut favorites to win the National Championship.
However, what about the other eight College Baseball programs from the Southeastern Conference? What chances do they have to win a National Championship? Out of the other eight programs, which are the few have the best chance to make it to Omaha to compete in the College World Series?
There’s no easy to these questions, considering the unpredictable nature of College Baseball. Yet, as fans of the game, we cling to every last ounce of hope that our team will be one of the lucky eight remaining teams to play at the College World Series.
First, we head on down to College Station, Texas, where the Texas A&M Aggies are preparing the program for a run that could go down in the history of Texas A&M Baseball folklore. Despite not winning the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Alabama, the Aggies have won several SEC series in a row dating back to early April and two out of three games at the SEC Tournament before catching the buzzsaw of the Florida Gators. Out of the remaining eight teams behind Tennessee, the Aggies have a roster built around the potential run to Omaha. As the fifth seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Aggies will have the 12th man behind them to put together the storybook ending to an already incredible season.
Second, at one point in the season, Mike Bianco and his Ole Miss Rebels were the top-ranked teams in the country after starting SEC play 9-0. Yet, a series loss to Tennessee completely derailed the Ole Miss Baseball season, including the rumblings of the firing of Head Coach Mike Bianco. Despite all the negativity around the program, Ole Miss has found new life as the Rebels make their way into the NCAA Tournament. It won’t be easy to get out of their regional at Miami, but if there were a team to ever shock the College Baseball world and make it to Omaha as a low seed, it would be Ole Miss. Ole Miss has the pieces to do so; the Rebels have lacked the consistency over the season to put their potential to full use.
Lastly, Jay Johnson and the LSU Tigers are heading to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. in the Regional round of the NCAA Tournament; as a two-seed, the Tigers aren’t scared of what’s to come. Like their counterparts at Ole Miss, Jay Johnson and his LSU Tigers have the roster to compete with anybody in the country; as we saw in Hoover, the Tigers have just lacked the ability to put together the complete package to provide LSU fans with the warm and fuzzies needed to make it to the College World Series. LSU will open its NCAA Tournament run on Friday against a sneaky Kennesaw State team.
There’s nothing like the Opening Weekend of the NCAA Baseball Tournament. There’s going to be insanity; you might as well expect the unexpected as all nine SEC Baseball programs compete to magically earn their way to the College World Series in Omaha.