Determining college baseball’s most powerful conference is an easy task — depending on who you ask, of course…
The ACC is also loaded again, with Baseball America preseason No. 1 Virginia topping a lethal lineup that includes Florida State, North Carolina State, Clemson, North Carolina and Miami (Fla.) among likely top 25 finishers.
“It’s kind of a who’s who of college baseball,” Notre Dame coach Mik Aoki said in an interview posted on the school’s official site.
The ACC is also the one conference of the top four that has a slightly new look this season as a result of realignment, with Notre Dame and Pittsburgh moving from the Big East. While the ACC is always well-represented in the NCAA tournament and at the College World Series, no team from the conference has won the national title since Wake Forest in 1955.
That’s an incredible drought considering the talent that comes through the ACC every year. And this season is no exception with Virginia, North Carolina State and Florida State boasting pitching staffs that are among the best in the country.
“I think it’s safe to say that if we don’t get back to Omaha, it’s pretty much a failure of a season,” said NC State left-hander Carlos Rodon, a possible No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. “That’s our goal. We’re not worried about the draft. We’re about winning.”…
Realignment will certainly make things interesting across the country, with 45 teams playing in new leagues this season and changing the looks of some conferences.
I know that I’m more interested in college baseball with State doing well over the last several years. But I’ve often wondered if the move towards the large conferences creating their own channel will increase the coverage on college baseball.