Florida is favorite of coaches
to win national title
was the case a season ago, Florida is the favorite to win the
2012 national championship, in voting of Division I coaches.
There were 173 responses of the nearly 300
Division I schools. The Gators received 108 votes as national
champion and 160 votes to return to the College World Series. UF
is the unanimous No. 1 in the preseason CBI Composite Poll.
Two-time defending national champion South
Carolina was second with 13 votes as national champ and 142
votes to reach Omaha.
Others projected to reach the CWS include Texas
(131, 10), Stanford (113, 11), North Carolina (99, 4), Texas A&M
(75, 1), Arkansas (63, 3) and Vanderbilt (62, 12). Numbers in
parentheses represent votes to reach the College World Series.
Just missing the elite eight were Rice (53, 2),
Virginia (45, 3), Cal State Fullerton (44), LSU (44) and Florida
State (37, 1)
There were votes for 55 different schools to
reach Omaha and 16 different teams to capture the crown.
Last year, the coaches picked four of the eight
CWS teams: Florida, South Carolina, Texas and Vanderbilt. They
missed on California, North Carolina, Texas A&M and Virginia.
Only three coaches picked the Gamecocks to win a second straight
Thanks to all the coaches who responded to our
(photo by Jimmy Jones)