June 15, 2012
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World Series Picks
By Phil Stanton and Sean Ryan
whittled the field from 64 to 16 to the Elite Eight. The CBI
staff makes its picks for the 2012 College World Series.
We have a mini-SEC tournament on one side of the
bracket, with Kent State an honorary member of the conference
this week. And two Pac-12 teams are joined by traditional power
Florida State and darling Stony Brook. With the way the
tournament has gone, you can pick two teams out of a hat and
call them the finalists. Imagine some of the championship
matchups: Florida vs. Florida State; Stony Brook vs. Kent State;
South Carolina vs. UCLA (a rematch from two years ago). Could
FSU become the first ACC team since 1955 to win it all???
I’ve said since the beginning of the tournament
that the winner of Texas A&M (my preseason pick) and UCLA in the
Super Regional round would be my pick to win it all. I’ll go
with the Bruins to emerge from a scrappy bracket that will play
close game after close game. In the SEC-Omaha division, the
winner of the first game between Florida and South Carolina will
be in a great position. The Gators have the most talent. But the
Gamecocks aren’t ready to give in. A slight lean goes to South
Carolina over Florida.
UCLA remains my pick to take it all, edging the
Gamecocks in three tight games.
I agree with Sean that there are many intriguing
possibilities for the championship series. None would shock me
this year. A few would be surprises, but after Fresno State won
it all in 2008, anything is possible in Omaha.
I think Florida and UCLA will emerge as the
championship series participants. I hate going with the two
favorites after the way the tournament has gone, but I believe
they are the most balanced teams. Both have experience in Omaha
and experience winning their brackets, which will help as the
My overall pick is the Gators to edge the Bruins
in a close three-game series.
(photo courtesy of UCLA Media