They have many names, surprise teams, underdogs, and dark horses, and they're in Omaha every year. Mine are Coastal Carolina and Auburn.
Duke's going to have a good team, as will Michigan. I wouldn't be shocked if either or both made it to Omaha.
NC State And Duke
Someone I"m intrigued with but don't have enough info yet is Tennessee. With Crochet going on Friday nights, they can compete with anyone in the country and Vitello is considered one of the top young coaches in the country. After winning 40 games last year, I think they take another step this year, host a regional and a potential surprise in Omaha.
They were my dark horse team last season. Haven’t seen their roster so not sure how much they lost from that team. I seem to recall that they would be returning most of their key players. I think their conference will be improved this season, and better competition will either make them better or sink their boat. They were good last season. I think they’ll be better this season. Looking forward to finding out!
UCSB and Georgia
Cal State Fullerton is someone I could see making a return trip this year. Vanderhook turned over coaches and I think their pitching will be much better this year.
How or why is Auburn a "surprise" team? SEC team that's coming off a world series appearance and returns Burns, Owen and Greenhill on the mound? Not sure I'd classify them as a surprise team if they got to Omaha.
I like both Auburn an ASU same reason and they didn’t lose much from a team that was really good at times last year.
TCU I believe it’s just a matter of Time before Coach S get them back on top of the B12.
I'm gonna echo Auburn. I like Arizona State a lot too. They brought in Jason Kelly to fix their pitching, and I think that will help.