The 2013 College World Series begins on Friday, following the release of the entire 64-team field on Monday. The CWS begins as a double-elimination tournament with 16 teams hosting regional sites, including eight national seeds. Following that round, 16 teams will advance to the best-of-three super regionals, with those eight teams getting the right to advance to Omaha and play in the double-elimination 2013 College World Series.
This year, the North Carolina Tar Heels are the No. 1 overall national seed. Led by 3B Colin Moran and a plethora of quality starting pitching, the ‘Heels are once again a very dangerous team and a favorite to return to Omaha. Of course, when filling out your brackets, keep in mind that no team from the ACC has won the CWS since 1955. That will never prevent people from picking them, as the ACC is once again well represented, but it is something to keep in mind.
Taking a look at all 16 regional sites, here is a breakdown of the teams, schedule and first round matchups, as well as predictions as to which teams will advance to next week’s super regionals. First, here are the eight national seeds: