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Sorenson: Pac 12 Primer And Weekend Ahead


What’s Inside:

• Five Quick Hits
• Looking At Strength Of Schedules
• Nation’s Most Interesting Teams
• Pac 12 Primer
• Eight For Omaha

Here is where things start getting serious. Where the rubber hits the road. While the ACC schedule got underway last weekend, the SEC and the Pac 12 get cranked up this weekend with a bevy of really good matchups. The Big 12 isn’t going whole hog yet, but gets off to a rousing start with Texas Tech and Texas in a three-game hoedown.

That’s right StitchHeads out there, we’re heading into our fifth weekend of play and it’s where the separation in our sport starts to take shape. Contenders rise. Pretenders fall. We start to figure out who is for real. Or at least we start to get hints about it. Plenty of baseball to play, of course. But things start to get a little more interesting right here.

Let’s start here first.

The things I’m keeping a close eye on this weekend.

1- It’s a “Prove It Or Lose It” weekend
These seven teams will be stepping up to big time competition with a lot to prove to all of us in the college baseball world.

Alabama (16-2)
This Weekend: at No. 9 Ole Miss
What an early season it has been for the Crimson Tide, including a series sweep at South Alabama. But this weekend is a major step up and a major test to see if this Tide team is actually a contender in the SEC. The Rebels will be spittin’ mad after losing twice to Louisville in the mid-week and having some questions about them. Bama’s ERA: 1.94, UM’s ERA: 4.45. Interesting.

Vanderbilt (14-3)
This Weekend: at No. 19 Texas A&M
Oh sure, nobody here doubts the Commodores are a national title contender and quite possibly the most talent-laden team in the country. But this will be just the second time all season that the Black and Old Gold will be headed out on the road. The first time they did, their pitching got battered for 28 runs in three games. It’ll be a raucous atmosphere in College Station for the ‘Dores pitchers to redeem themselves against.


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