No team is a clear-cut favorite to win this year’s championship. Tradition seems to favor Texas (43-19) as the Longhorns make their 35th appearance in the College World Series.
Louisville has the best record at 50-15. Virginia is just a game behind at 49-14.
U.C. Irvine will be a threat any time Andrew Morales takes the mound. If he gets the start against Texas, history might not be enough for the Longhorns and their coach, Augie Garrido.
The double-elimination tournament starts June 14 and should end no later than June 25.
Tom Lindley is a CNHI sports columnist. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.