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With 12 weeks in the books and two more to play before most conferences tournaments begin, we’re now nearing the college baseball postseason, which means it’s time to roll out the next projection of our field of 64. This field was composed by D1Baseball national writers Aaron Fitt, Kendall Rogers and Mark Etheridge in a Tuesday night teleconference that we recorded and posted as a two-part podcast, so you can hear our deliberations about national seeds and hosts, as well as the race for at-large spots.
In terms of the national seed picture, there’s finally some stability in the top eight, and there are no new national seeds. Florida and Miami continue to lead the national seed picture, while Texas A&M is nearing lock position as well. Louisville continues to climb with a crop of very nice wins over the past week, while Florida State and South Carolina are the most vulnerable teams in the top eight at the moment. Meanwhile, we have three new hosts in the field with Minnesota being replaced by Michigan, UC Santa Barbara being replaced by Arizona and, of course, LSU replacing Vanderbilt, though Tulane, TCU and Oklahoma State were on the cusp of earning the final host site.
There are four new teams in the field this week, including Kennesaw State, Nebraska, Fresno State and Boston College. Kennesaw and Fresno took over automatic bids in the Atlantic Sun and Mountain West Conferences, respectively, while Nebraska replaced Maryland as an at-large bid out of the Big Ten, and Boston College was our last team in the field, giving the ACC, the nation’s top RPI conference, 10 total bids to lead the way. The SEC comes in with nine bids, while the Pac-12 notched five bids and Big Ten was the next conference in line with four total bids.
Stay tuned for Aaron Fitt’s weekly Postseason Stock Report.