Who’s going to the College World Series? Predicting every NCAA baseball super regional winner

There are 16 teams remaining in the NCAA Baseball Championship. They will play best-of-three super regionals through the weekend to determine which will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

The USA TODAY Sports Network is predicting which team will win each super regional to advance, and which will win the national championship. Here are the picks:

Fayetteville Super Regional

North Carolina State (33-17) at No. 1 Arkansas (49-11)

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Arkansas. The Razorbacks had their struggles in regionals but will get back on track with a favorable matchup.

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: Arkansas. In a league that produced six super regional teams, Arkansas is the best and will sweep the Wolfpack.

Tyler Horka, The Clarion Ledger: Arkansas. How can you pick against lights-out pitcher Kevin Kopps and a batting order that always seems to back him up?

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Arkansas. The Razorbacks offense didn’t produce like itself in regionals, but don’t be surprised if it bounces back in a big way against an NC State team with a 4.91 team ERA.

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Arkansas. The Razorbacks didn’t dominate their regional. But they have Kevin Kopps, who is a cheat code.

Nashville Super Regional

No. 13 East Carolina (44-15) at No. 4 Vanderbilt (43-15)

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Vanderbilt. The Pirates have never made it out of super regionals, and this is a tough matchup with one of the few teams that can match (and better) All-American pitcher Gavin Williams.

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: Vanderbilt. Kumar Rocker, Jack Leiter, Omaha, Nebraska.

Tyler Horka, The Clarion Ledger: East Carolina. Pirates junior pitcher Gavin Williams will go toe to toe with Vanderbilt’s stellar pitching, and ECU will advance to the College World Series for the first time.

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Vanderbilt. No need to overthink this one. Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker haven’t lost in the same weekend this year. That won’t change.

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Vanderbilt. The Commodores are built to win two out of three with Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter. Tim Corbin is taking another team to Omaha.

Lubbock Super Regional

No. 9 Stanford (36-15) at No. 8 Texas Tech (45-15)

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Texas Tech. The Red Raiders always seem to show up in the postseason, and this year will be no different.

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: Texas Tech. The Red Raiders win three one-run games and reach Omaha for a third straight time.

Tyler Horka, The Clarion Ledger: Texas Tech. Make it three straight College World Series appearance for Tim Tadlock and the Red Raiders.

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Texas Tech. Stanford has played only three games off the Pacific Coast this year, and those games were in Phoenix. Texas Tech takes advantage of the Cardinal in their first real road trip.

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Texas Tech. The Red Raiders had no trouble in the regional round. They won’t in the supers either.

Tucson Super Regional

No. 12 Ole Miss (44-20) at No. 5 Arizona (43-15)

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Ole Miss. What better way to continue the legend of Tim Elko and his one ACL?

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: Ole Miss. Coach Mike Bianco brings the best Skip Bertman imitation in America to Omaha once again.

Tyler Horka, The Clarion Ledger: Arizona. Ole Miss’ pitching in the postseason has been a pleasant surprise for the Rebels, but Arizona’s No. 2 run-producing offense in the country will be too much for Ole Miss to handle.

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Arizona. No Power Five team scores more runs or has more hits than Arizona. That offense is too much for Ole Miss’ thin pitching to take in the desert.

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Arizona. The Wildcats smash the ball too well for Ole Miss to keep up.

Austin Super Regional

South Florida (31-28) at No. 2 Texas (45-15)

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Texas. South Florida is a great story, but the Longhorns will be too much for the Bulls to handle.

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: Texas. The Longhorns return to Omaha for the first time since 2018.

Tyler Horka, The Clarion Ledger: Texas. Pitching wins in June, and the Longhorns have the nation’s No. 1 team ERA at 2.87. Texas reaches the College World Series for an all-time NCAA record 37th time.

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Texas. No team pitches it as well as Texas. That’s enough to lift the Longhorns past the tournament’s Cinderella.

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Texas. It’s the super regional pairing no one saw coming. But the outcome is clear in this one.

Knoxville Super Regional

LSU (38-23) at No. 3 Tennessee (48-16)

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Tennessee. The Volunteers keep rolling through their best season in years.

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: Tennessee. Landon Marceaux beats the Vols in game two on Sunday to even the series, but coach Paul Mainieri’s magic disappears on a Luc Lipcius walk-off home run on Monday night.

Tyler Horka, The Clarion Ledger: Tennessee. Something tells me Volunteer fans will be even more “nasty” than LSU coach Paul Mainieri remembers them being in Tennessee’s sweep of the Tigers in March.

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Tennessee. Don’t be surprised if both of these teams average five home runs a game, but Tennessee’s pitching is a little deeper than LSU’s and that’ll carry the Vols to Omaha.

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee. Paul Mainieri is bringing his team into a hostile environment to face a team with a lot of moxie. The Vols have seemed destined for Omaha. That hasn’t changed.

Starkville Super Regional

No. 10 Notre Dame (33-11) at No. 7 Mississippi State (43-15)

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish felt snubbed from a national seed, and Niko Kavadas and Co. will show the Bulldogs why.

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: Mississippi State. The Fighting Irish can’t handle Mississippi State pitching and wilt in the heat of Starkville.

Tyler Horka, The Clarion Ledger: Mississippi State. Strong starts from Bulldog pitchers Christian MacLeod and Will Bednar will stymie a red-hot Notre Dame batting order and help punch MSU’s third straight ticket to the College World Series.

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Notre Dame. There’s something to be said about playing angry. Notre Dame did so in its regional, outscoring opponents 50-5, and carries that attitude to Starkville.

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Notre Dame. Notre Dame was the most dominant team in the regional round. Mississippi State might be running into a buzzsaw.

Columbia (S.C.) Super Regional

Dallas Baptist (40-16) vs. Virginia (32-24)

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Virginia. The Cavaliers will ride the momentum of their walk-off, regional-winning home run to advance to super regionals.

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: Virginia. Dallas Baptist wins the opener and leads in game three … until the ninth.

Tyler Horka, The Clarion Ledger: Dallas Baptist. First super regional appearance ever? Might as well make it to the College World Series for the first time ever in the same season, too.

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Virginia. These Cavs didn’t come out of nowhere. They won their last four ACC series and crushed Notre Dame 14-1 in the ACC Tournament. Brian O’Connor gets his fifth College World Series berth.

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Dallas Baptist. A road super regional for both teams? Let’s get weird.

College World Series winner

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Texas. The nation’s best pitching staff by ERA and the winningest program in college baseball history earns its first championship since 2005.

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: Arkansas. Coach Dave Van Horn wins his elusive national title on his ninth Omaha trip – two with Nebraska and seven with the Razorbacks, including a runner-up finish in 2018.

Tyler Horka, The Clarion Ledger: Arkansas. The Razorbacks have been the best team in college baseball for too long this season not to cap it off with their first national title in program history.

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Arkansas. There’s still no reason to pick against the Hogs. They’ve got winning records against seven of the other 15 teams left. Dave Van Horn’s squad hasn’t hiccuped yet, and it’s silly to bet it will.

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Arkansas. The Razorbacks have been the best team in college baseball this season. It hasn’t changed.

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