If you were looking for a College World Series field dominated by SEC and ACC teams, you've come to the wrong parity party, pal. Only one team from each of those conferences, which combined to place 17 teams in the field of 64, survived super regional weekend.
The 2016 super regionals will go down as the most exciting and improbable ever. Upsets were rampant, as unheralded upstarts went into the wildest of dens and came away with shocking results. Only three home teams emerged unscathed from the super regional round, and all three of their series went the full three games.
Florida, Miami and Texas Tech move on from the eight national seeds, while Louisville, South Carolina, LSU, Texas A&M and Mississippi State were all eliminated on their home field, most of them in unbelievable walk-off fashion.
Here are the eight teams heading to TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, to play for the big prize, along with a breakdown of what it will take for each of them to bring home the trophy. Games begin Saturday and run through June 30 on the ESPN family of networks.
Oklahoma State (41-20, 5-0 NCAA tournament)
Seed: No. 2 seed at Clemson Regional
Road to Omaha: Defeated Nebraska 6-0; defeated Clemson 12-2; defeated Clemson 9-2; defeated South Carolina 5-1; defeated South Carolina 3-1
CWS history: 20th appearance (first since 1999); 38-36 record in CWS games; one national championship in 1959
They can win it all if ... they continue to pitch the way they have in the postseason. The Cowboys have gotten stellar starts from Thomas Hatch (a third-round draft pick of the Cubs) and Tyler Buffett, who both have eight wins on the year. Freshman Jensen Elliott has pitched like a veteran, leading the team with a 9-2 mark. The offense only hits .269 as a team, but it has gone .339 in the postseason so far.
They could go 0-2 if ... the pitchers go a little walk happy. The Cowboys have received great pitching, as mentioned above, but they can get a little wild at times. The arm corps has issued 244 walks on the season to go along with 43 wild pitches and 47 plunkings. Rein it in, guys.
UC Santa Barbara (42-18-1, 5-0)
Seed: No. 2 seed at Nashville Regional
Road to Omaha: Defeated Washington 3-2; defeated Xavier 5-4; defeated Xavier 14-5; defeated Louisville 4-2; defeated Louisville 4-3
CWS history: First appearance
They can win it all if ... the bats stay hot. Despite being a West Coast team steeped in station-to-station baseball, the Gauchos started fence-busting once they got to the regionals. The long ball has become a staple, especially for hulking lumberjack Austin Bush, who has cranked out four of their seven dingers in the postseason. Oh, and then there's that Sam Cohen guy. You know, the one who hit the series-winning grand slam at Louisville?
They could go 0-2 if ... Shane Bieber, Justin Kelly and Kyle Nelson cool down. Bieber (a fourth-round draftee of the Indians) will face the pressure of getting a first-game W for the Gauchos if they hope to have a chance here. But don't worry, he's fully capable. Kelly and Nelson are stout bullpen guys who have combined to give up just two hits and one run in 12 postseason innings while gathering 22 K's.
Arizona (44-21, 6-1)
Seed: No. 2 seed at Lafayette Regional
Road to Omaha: Defeated Sam Houston State, 7-3; lost to Louisiana Lafayette 10-3; defeated Sam Houston State 6-5; defeated Louisiana Lafayette 6-3; defeated Louisiana Lafayette 3-1; defeated Mississippi State 1-0; defeated Mississippi State 6-5
CWS history: 17th appearance (first since 2012); 38-27; four national championships, last in 2012
They can win it all if ... they stay undaunted. How cold-blooded are the Wildcats? In hot and steamy Lafayette, they had to win three games in 28 hours, including two straight over the host Ragin' Cajuns, just to advance to the supers. Then in Starkville, under the intimidating Left Field Lounge and the heat and humidity, they cooly won a pair of one-run pressure-cookers to advance to Omaha. Wow.
They could go 0-2 if ... Nathan Bannister runs out of gas. In the last two weeks, the Wildcats ace has been a horse, throwing 20.0 innings and 284 pitches in three appearances. Staying sharp will be vital. UofA doesn't have a lot of quality starters beyond Bannister and Bobby Dalbec, so it's important to stay in the winner's bracket if at all possible.
Miami (50-12, 5-1)
Seed: No. 3 national seed
Road to Omaha: Defeated Stetson 4-2; defeated Long Beach State 4-3; defeated Long Beach State 9-8; defeated Boston College 12-7; lost to Boston College 5-3; defeated Boston College 9-4
CWS history: 25th appearance, second in a row; 48-40; four national titles, last in 2001
They can win it all if ... the bats live up to their billing. On paper, the Hurricane nine is as intimidating a lineup as there is in the country, with bruisers like Zack Collins (15 HRs) and Willie Abreu (14), hitters like Brandon Lopez (.385 avg.) and Johnny Ruiz (.346) and the recent spike of nine-hole hitter Edgar Michelangeli, who hit two home runs and seven RBIs in the 9-4 Game 3 win over Boston College. If all these components are clicking, the Canes will go far.
They could go 0-2 if ... their pitching doesn't bear down a bit more. With the exception of Michael Mediavilla's Game 2 start, Boston College had success at the plate in the supers, putting up 25 hits and 17 runs in the three games. The Hurricanes' arm corps will need some consistency in Omaha. Oh, and the defense needs to return to its nation-leading self (.983 fielding).
Texas Tech (46-18, 5-2)
Seed: No. 5 national seed
Road to Omaha: Defeated Fairfield 12-1; defeated New Mexico 4-3; lost to Dallas Baptist 10-6; defeated Dallas Baptist 5-3; lost to East Carolina 8-6; defeated East Carolina 3-1; defeated East Carolina 11-0
CWS history: Only appearance was 2014, when they went 0-2
They can win it all if ... their freshmen don't play like freshmen. Much has been made of Tech's all-frosh rotation of Davis Martin (9-1, 2.73 ERA), Steven Gingery (4-2, 3.25) and Erikson Lanning (3-3, 5.07), who have been remarkably calm and cool this season. The Red Raiders have the punch and experience at the dish and in the field, led by Big 12 Player of the Year Eric Gutierrez and Tanner Gardner, who hit .326 and .382, respectively.
They could go 0-2 if ... well, if those freshmen play like freshmen. The worst position in TD Ameritrade Park to be marked by youth is at pitcher. It will be interesting to see how the youthful Raider flingers stack up against the lineups of TCU and either Florida or Coastal Carolina, which are both potent.
TCU (47-16, 5-1)
Seed: No. 1 seed at Fort Worth Regional
Road to Omaha: Defeated Oral Roberts 7-0; defeated Gonzaga 4-3; defeated Arizona State 8-1; defeated Texas A&M 8-2; lost to Texas A&M 7-1; defeated Texas A&M 4-1
CWS history: Fourth appearance; 6-6; no national titles
They can win it all if ... they can rely on their experience. Yes, that's a weird statement since there are so many new faces on the Frogs' roster, both freshmen and junior college transfers. But coach Jim Schlossnagle and his staff are old pros at getting to Omaha and winning some games while there. Plus, having already won twice in a raucous atmosphere like Blue Bell Park will give them invaluable experience to lean on as they go to TD Ameritrade and try to win a title.
They could go 0-2 if ... they get wrangled by the Red Raiders again. The Horned Frogs lost two of three games to Texas Tech in late April, getting held to six hits in the two losses. If their bats get stuffed by Tech again in Game 1, that will put the Frogs seriously behind the eight ball.
Coastal Carolina (49-16, 5-1)
Seed: No. 2 seed at Raleigh Regional
Road to Omaha: Defeated St. Mary's 5-2; defeated North Carolina State 4-0; lost to NC State 8-1; defeated NC State 7-5; defeated LSU 11-8; defeated LSU 4-3
CWS history: First appearance
They can win it all if ... they keep playing small but mighty. Sure, the Chanticleers lead the country with 94 home runs, but they are even more effective when they do the small things. The fleet-footed Chants are seventh in the nation with 107 stolen bases and eighth with 70 sac bunts. Interestingly, runners have come around to score 71 percent of the time when they have sac bunted a runner over.
They could go 0-2 if ... they are satisfied with just getting to Omaha. Coach Gary Gilmore and the Chanticleers have been obsessed with making it this far, and you have to wonder if they spent all their energy on beating LSU twice in Baton Rouge. In their first game in Omaha, they'll be facing off against the biggest monster in the field of eight: the Florida Gators. So if they aren't locked in from Pitch 1, things could get messy.
Florida (52-14, 5-1)
Seed: No. 1 national seed
Road to Omaha: Defeated Bethune-Cookman 9-3; defeated Connecticut 6-5; defeated Georgia Tech 10-1; lost to Florida State 3-0; defeated Florida State 5-0; defeated Florida State 7-0
CWS history: 10th appearance; 14-19; no national championships.
They can win it all if ... they just be themselves. There is no Louisville. There is no Texas A&M. So everybody knows the Gators have the most talent in the field of eight this year. They don't have to play up to their full potential, just somewhere close to it, and they'll win. The starting pitching of Logan Shore has been beyond reproach, but sluggers like Peter Alonso and J.J. Schwarz will need to keep cranking like in the last two games of their super regional.
They could go 0-2 if ... they lose focus. The Gators had some distractions this past week, including a handful of their players getting drafted by MLB clubs and rumors of head coach Kevin O'Sullivan being courted by Texas. If those developments keep them from concentrating on the task at hand in Omaha, Florida could be in trouble. Oh, and keep in mind that since the 64-team field started in 1999, only once has the No. 1 seed actually won the national title.