All season long, the SEC and ACC have dominated in college baseball. They routinely made up at least half of the Top 25 rankings, were always on TV and when it was time to announce the sites of the NCAA Regionals, they scored 13 of the 16 of them.
Five SEC teams hosted Super Regionals and two more of them were held at ACC schools. Nine of the 16 teams in the Supers were from the SEC and ACC. Now, the six remaining teams still playing for the National Championship are made up of the other seven.
Four SEC schools bombed out in the Super Regionals along with three ACC teams. The only two teams to make it to Omaha were the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes, both who beat ACC teams to get there. So two was the minimum number they would get going into the Supers, and that is what they got.
Then it was off to Omaha for the double elimination College World Series. The eight teams that would go to Omaha knew that two of them would leave without winning a game. Those two teams were the Hurricanes and Gators. So now the SEC and ACC have accomplished the improbable from the start of the Super Regionals. They have done as bad as they could possibly have done.
How did this happen? Were these two conferences over rated all year? Perhaps. But let’s not forget that the ACC and SEC played each other in the Championship Series the past two years with Vanderbilt and Virginia splitting National Championships. In recent years we’ve seen the South Carolina Gamecocks win two straight CWS Championships as well. We’ve also seen the Gators get to the Championship Series in 2011, Mississippi State get there in 2014, South Carolina in 2013, North Carolina in 2007 and 2006 and the Gators in 2005. In fact, this year is the first since 2004 that will not have a team from the SEC or ACC in the Championship Series. LSU won it all in 2009 and Georgia was there in 2008.
So it is understandable that these conferences get a lot of media attention and television coverage. This season looked as if they were as dominant if not more than ever. Up until the Super Regionals it looked as of it was the case. But what has happened since has been nothing short of shocking. Teams like Cal Santa Barbara and Coastal Carolina have been knocking off SEC and ACC heavyweights like a bunch of palookas. UCSB sent number two ranked Louisville home with a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to win 4-3 in their Super Regional. They sent the Hurricanes packing at the CWS as well with a 5-3 win on Monday. CCU went into LSU and killed the “Rally Possum” then handed Logan Shore his only loss of the season in Omaha ans they sent the Number one ranked Gators to the loser’s bracket.
So no matter who wins the College World Series in 2016, it will be someone nobody expected.