Projected Field Of 64: May 4Postseason
Just a few weeks ago, we released our first in-season Field of 64 projections at the midseason mark. Since that point, we’ve had two projections, and there’s even more movement to report this week, particularly from a regional hosting perspective.
The most notable change in last week’s projections was Texas’ entrance as a top eight national seed. Even with a home series loss to Texas Tech, the Longhorns remain a top-eight seed in this week’s projections. There is one change, though, with Pac-12 leading Arizona entering the top eight after yet another strong weekend, and with an Oregon road series loss to Washington State. The Ducks remain a Top 16 and a regional host. As for the rest of the top eights, the order in the top five remains the same with Arkansas, Vanderbilt, TCU, Mississippi State and surprising Notre Dame leading the charge.
In terms of the national Top 16 seeds, there’s again more movement. Last week, we had Nebraska, Charlotte, South Carolina and Louisville as hosts and Top 16 seeds. This week, those four teams are out and these teams are in — Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Florida and Louisiana Tech. Tech picked up a huge road series win over Texas and has a very favorable schedule down the stretch, Ole Miss is in the driver’s seat after sweeping South Carolina at home, Florida is poised to finish strong after a series win over Vanderbilt and Louisiana Tech bounced back from a series split in strong fashion with a road sweep.
Our updated bids by conference: ACC (9), SEC (8), Pac 12 (6), Big 12 (5), Conference USA (4), Big Ten (4), American (2), WCC (2), Missouri Valley (2), Big West (2).
FIRST FIVE OUT:
Maryland, Georgia Southern, Rutgers, Virginia, Kentucky
LAST FIVE IN:
Oklahoma State, Georgia, Iowa, Tulane, San Diego
D1Baseball staff writers Kendall Rogers, Aaron Fitt and Mark Etheridge assemble the projections.