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A first look at the final eight teams in Women's College World Series

It may not be exactly who you expected, but the field of eight is set for the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. One of these teams will be crowned national champion next week. Here's a first look at the contenders.

Michigan Wolverines

Seed: No. 2

Record: 51-5

Road to Oklahoma City: Defeated Valparaiso 8-0; defeated Miami (Ohio) 6-0; defeated Notre Dame 6-2 in regionals. Defeated 15th-seeded Missouri 5-3 and 5-4 in super regionals.

WCWS history: The Wolverines will be making their 12th appearance. They won the championship in 2005 and made it all the way to the championship series a year ago before falling to Florida.

Outlook: If you take Florida out of the equation, which Georgia did, Michigan is 111-8 over the last two years. One big reason? Sierra Romero. The senior is one of three finalists for USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The first hurdle is LSU.

Oklahoma Sooners

Seed: No. 3

Record: 52-7

Road to Oklahoma City: Defeated Wichita State 7-2; defeated Ole Miss 9-1 and 3-0 in regionals. Defeated 14th-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette 8-2 and 7-6 in super regionals.

WCWS history: This is the Sooners' 10th trip to Oklahoma City. They have won two national championships, in 2000 and 2013.

Outlook: The Sooners take a 27-game winning streak to Oklahoma City. They also bring the arm of Paige Parker, who has 33 wins, and the bat of Sydney Romero, who had two homers in the super regionals. Yes, she is Sierra's kid sister. The Sooners open with a classic matchup against Alabama.

Auburn Tigers

Seed: No. 4

Record: 54-10

Road to Oklahoma City: Defeated Jacksonville State 2-1; defeated USC Upstate 6-1 and defeated Jacksonville State 14-2 to clinch the regionals. Lost to Arizona 5-3; defeated Arizona 4-1 and 6-1 in super regionals.

WCWS history: The Tigers will be making their second appearance in the Women's College World Series, and their second in a row.

Outlook: The SEC tournament champions feature Kasey Cooper, one of three finalists for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The Tigers have gotten a late boost from Haley Fagan, who missed the regular season with a knee injury. They take on UCLA in their opener.

Alabama Crimson Tide

Seed: No. 6

Record: 51-12

Road to Oklahoma City: Defeated Samford 3-0; defeated California 3-1 and 8-0 in regionals. Defeated 11th-seeded Washington 2-1 and 5-2 in super regionals.

WCWS history: The Crimson Tide are back in the Women's College World Series for the 11th time overall and the fifth time in the last six years. They went all the way in 2012 and claimed their first -- and so far only -- national title.

Outlook: Alexis Osorio is 4-0 in the NCAA tournament and has yet to give up an earned run over 29 1/3 innings. She threw 242 pitches in the super regionals, but she'll get plenty of rest before Alabama opens the WCWS against Oklahoma.

Florida State Seminoles

Seed: No. 8

Record: 53-8

Road to Oklahoma City: Defeated Florida A&M 1-0; defeated South Carolina 4-0 and 2-1 in regionals. Defeated Utah 6-2 and 3-0 in super regionals.

WCWS history: The Seminoles are making their ninth appearance in the Women's College World Series. Their most recent trip was in 2014.

Outlook: It seems that Florida State has discovered a winning formula: Don't let the other team score. In five postseason games, the Seminoles, led by Jessica Burroughs and Meghan King, have given up just three earned runs. Giant-slayer Georgia is up first.

LSU Tigers

Seed: No. 10

Record: 50-16

Road to Oklahoma City: Defeated LIU Brooklyn 10-2; defeated McNeese St. 4-1; defeated Arizona State 2-0 to win regionals. Lost to seventh-seeded James Madison 3-2; defeated James Madison 2-0 and 3-2 in super regionals.

WCWS history: The Tigers are back in the Women's College World Series for the second year in a row and their fifth time overall.

Outlook: With three big-time arms in Allie Walljasper, Carley Hoover and Sydney Smith, the Tigers can throw a whole lot of looks at opponents. Throw in Bianka Bell at the plate, and LSU won't be an easy out.

UCLA Bruins

Seed: No. 12

Record: 40-14-1

Road to Oklahoma City: Defeated Cal St. Bakersfield 7-0; defeated Cal St. Fullerton 3-2 and 5-4 to win regionals. Lost to fifth-seeded Oregon 8-1; defeated Oregon 2-1 in nine innings and 2-1 in seven in super regionals.

WCWS history: There's a lot. UCLA has won 11 national titles (12 if you count the one it vacated in 1995), most recently in 2010.

Outlook: The lone Pac-12 team in the final eight showed its fight in rallying to beat Oregon in the super regionals. They've got a balanced offensive attack that seems to be most dangerous when its back is against the wall.

Georgia Bulldogs

Seed: No. 16

Record: 45-18

Road to Oklahoma City: Defeated Maine 6-0; defeated Northwestern 5-2; lost to Oklahoma State 5-3; defeated Oklahoma State 6-0 to clinch regionals. Defeated top-seeded Florida 3-0 and 3-2 in super regionals.

WCWS history: This is Georgia's third appearance in the WCWS and its first since 2010.

Outlook: If you've already taken out the top-seeded and two-time defending national champions, you're not backing down from anybody in Oklahoma City. Especially not if your name is Chelsea Wilkinson, who is 4-0 in the tournament and has given up just three earned runs.