As we continue our journey through the college baseball season, it means that we are not only getting closer to crowning conference champions but also finding out who is going to make the postseason.
Selection Monday is right around the corner as teams look to make their final impression before the day arrives. Of course, while some teams are locks to get in, others are on the fence looking for a way in.
On Wednesday, D1Baseball released their projected field of 64 and here are the Big 12 teams who made the cut.
- Texas Tech
- Oklahoma State
- Texas State
- Georgia Tech
College Station Regional
- Texas A&M
- McNeese State
- Louisiana Tech
- SE Missouri State
- Oregon State
- Grand Canyon
- North Dakota State
- Virginia Tech
- East Carolina
- West Virginia
- Long Island
Once again like last week, there are a total of six Big 12 team projected to make the postseason. Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, and Texas were all teams I thought would be here, but Oklahoma has been surprising this season and it appears West Virginia is still hanging on here as well.
As far as the regionals go, there are two Big 12 teams who are likely hosting with Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders have two good programs in their regional with LSU and Arizona. The good news is that they would face Campbell first which they should be able to handle. As for Oklahoma State, I really like that draw for them. Texas State has arguably their best team in school history, but Oklahoma State would probably be the best team they see all year. Between the two host schools, Oklahoma State got the favorable matchups.
Working our way down the list we will look at the trio of two seeds. TCU will travel to College Station with a potential showdown with Texas A&M. The Horned Frogs should be able to take care of UTSA and as far as a matchup with the Aggies go, I still like their chances. A&M is a solid ball club but so is TCU. It’s weird due to the fact that we could have a possible Big 12 champion not host a regional.
When I look at Texas, all I can see is a Texas/Arkansas matchup for a trip to the Super Regional on the line. Fayetteville is a tough place to play, and that crowd will be rocking if the Longhorns come to town. That would be a must watch game if you are a college baseball fan.
Finally, we take a look at the last two seed. Oklahoma got perhaps the toughest regional out of the three schools. They could face a top 25 Grand Canyon team and if they are able to get past them, they would then likely face a top three Oregon State team. Forget about the seeding here because they might have the toughest regional out of any Big 12 school.
Last but not least are the West Virginia Mountaineers. They have been on a downward trend as of late but are still in the postseason picture. Much like Oklahoma, they will have a big hill to climb. East Carolina is one of the hottest teams in the AAC and Virginia Tech is a top five team as well. I would have a tough time seeing them make it out of the Blacksburg regional.