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Road To Omaha: The Field of 64, April 13

Projections

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SEE ALSO: At-large bid deliberations | National seeds/hosts deliberations | RPI

With eight weeks in the books and six more to play before most conferences tournaments begin, we’ve now surpassed the midway point of the college baseball, 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.

There are some changes from a national seed standpoint. For instance, Vanderbilt and TCU were national seeds last week. However, the Commodores are trending downward after a road series loss to LSU, while the Horned Frogs, after a 2-2 week and road series win over Kansas, are trending downward from an RPI standpoint. As a result, red-hot Mississippi State entered the mix as a top-eight national seed, along with Texas Tech, which continues to dominant the Big 12.

From a hosting standpoint, BYU and Oklahoma State bowed out of the mix with their RPIs taking a hit over the past week, while Vanderbilt remains a host and South Alabama entered the mix as a host site.  Not only do the Jaguars have an athletic director on the NCAA Division I Committee, but the resume is actually very impressive with a top flight RPI, good non-conference and overall strength of schedules, and an unblemished record thus far in the Sun Belt regular season race.

The SEC continues to lead the bid race in our projections with nine, including Alabama narrowly making the field, while the ACC remains strong with eight of their own despite defending champion Virginia beginning to slip down the pecking order. The Big 12 moved to a three-bid league with West Virginia bowing out of the mix, while the Pac-12 remains a mess with just four teams in the field, and UCLA out of the mix for the time being. One development to keep an eye on is the Big Ten. The Big Ten’s RPIs are improving and Minnesota and Maryland joined the field with Michigan State and Michigan this week.

The seedings
Regional host sites
No. 1 NationalGainesville, Fla.Clemson, S.C.
1 Florida Gators logo FloridaClemson Clemson
4MON logo MonmouthNAVY logo Navy
2GT Georgia TechCharleston logo College of Charleston
3Michigan logo MichiganALABAMA logo Alabama
No. 2 NationalCoral Gables, Fla.Fort Worth, Texas
1Miami Florida logo MiamiTCU logo TCU
4FAMU logo Florida A&MORU logo Oral Roberts
2FAU90X90 Florida AtlanticOregon State logo Oregon State
3UA ArizonaCU logo Creighton
No. 3 NationalTallahassee, Fla.College Station, Texas
1FloridaState Florida StateTexas AM logo Texas A&M
4ASU Alabama StateWSU logo Wright State
2olemiss90x90 Ole MissULL logo Louisiana-Lafayette
3Long Beach State logo Long Beach StateUH logo Houston
No. 4 NationalStarkville, Miss.Mobile, Ala.
1Mississippi State logo Mississippi StateUSA South Alabama
4SEMO logo SE Missouri StateJU Jacksonville
2USM Southern MissLSUInterlocking LSU
3Tulane TulaneSELA logo Southeastern La.
No. 5 NationalColumbia, S.C.Chapel Hill, N.C.
1South Carolina logo South CarolinaUNC logo North Carolina
4Princeton logo PrincetonUNCG logo UNC Greensboro
2CC logo Coastal CarolinaEast Carolina Pirates logo East Carolina
3UVA logo VirginiaEast Carolina Pirates logo Maryland
No. 6 NationalSanta Barbara, Calif.Berkeley, Calif.
1UCSB logo UC Santa BarbaraCal logo California
4 Fresno St logo Fresno StateSEA logo Seattle
2Mich. State Michigan StateCSF logo Cal State Fullerton
3Stanford logo Stanford BYU logo St. Mary's
No. 7 NationalLubbock, TexasHouston
1Texas Tech logo Texas TechRICE logo Rice
4HAR logo HartfordBryant logo Bryant
2 BYU logo BYUOklahoma State logo Oklahoma State
3 BYU logo New MexicoLAMAR logo Lamar
No. 8 NationalLouisville, Ky.Nashville, Tenn.
1Louisville lgoo LouisvilleVanderbilt University logo Vanderbilt
4 Kent logo Kent StateVCU logo Va. Commonwealth
2Kentucky logo KentuckyNC State logo NC State
3MO STATE logo Missouri StateNC State logo Minnesota

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