Haven’t been wrong about Arkansas all year, so we’ll call it: National title coming
Question of the Day: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
How much of a shot do you give Arkansas to win the College World Series?
The eight teams of the 2018 College World Series are known. Arkansas is among them. The way the tournament works, it’s hard to give the Razorbacks much more than a 1-in-8 shot, however.
But, you know what? That’s boring. No one wants to read that. Truth is, the Diamond Hogs are, at worst, the third-best team in Omaha, Neb. At worst. What’s bigger is what comes next.
Arkansas has already beaten every single team on its side of the bracket this season. The Razorbacks beat Texas twice (series). They beat Texas Tech once (one-game series). And Arkansas has beaten the defending national champion and consensus No. 1 team in the country in Florida twice, as well.
Things aren’t as simple as all that, granted, but it’s a start. Arkansas is definitely a superior team to Texas, so, in theory, the Diamond Hogs should win their opener on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. After that comes either the Gators or Red Raiders. If it’s Texas Tech, Arkansas looked absolutely dominant against the team from Lubbock earlier this year. If it’s Florida, the Razorbacks have already shown they can beat pitcher Brady Singer, the No. 18 overall pick in the draft last week.
Then, there’s the flip side. Arkansas hasn’t exactly been good away from home this year. Dave Van Horn’s bunch has certainly been better as of late, going 2-1 at the SEC Tournament. But the Hogs were 1-1 in neutral-site games in the regular season (they beat Arizona but lost to Cal Poly, neither of which made the NCAA Tournament) and 7-13 in true road games. So even if Arkansas is the best team, it hasn’t played its best ball away from Fayetteville.
Still, I’m not picking against the Razorbacks. They have done exactly what I predicted them to do this year. They’ve made the College World Series.
Now, let’s go a step further for giggles. Let’s say Arkansas gets its first baseball national championship.