College World Series 2022: Championship Predictions, Format and Full Bracket
The 2022 College World Series kicked off with a pair of upsets.
The Texas A&M Aggies and Texas Longhorns were two of four national seeds that made it to Omaha, Nebraska, and both teams lost their openers inside Charles Schwab Field.
That could be a bad sign for the Stanford Cardinal and Auburn Tigers, who take to the field on Saturday in the two opening games in the bottom half of the bracket.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Oklahoma Sooners are already through to the winners' bracket in the top side of the bracket. They will play Sunday for the ideal position to come out of the top side.
Texas and Texas A&M renew their rivalry with elimination on the line on Sunday. The winner of that game faces the loser of the Notre Dame-Oklahoma clash.
The same format will be followed in the bottom half, where the second batch of games will take place on Monday.
Notre Dame proved once again on Friday night that its offense can't be slowed down.
The Fighting Irish put up seven runs against the Texas pitching staff that sent out ace Pete Hansen to start the game.
Notre Dame downed one of the top aces in college baseball for the second straight round. It won the opening game of the Knoxville super regional against Tennessee's Blade Tidwell.
The ACC side carried the momentum gained from upsetting top-seeded Tennessee into Omaha, and a letdown does not appear to be in sight.
Notre Dame needs to cool off the Oklahoma bats that put up 13 runs on Texas A&M on Friday, but that is something it can achieve after it held Texas' offense, which is one of the best in the nation, to three runs.
The Notre Dame-Oklahoma winner will be viewed as the top contender to advance to the championship series from the top half. That team would only need one win over the program that emerges from the losers' bracket.
Link Jarrett's Fighting Irish are playing some of the best baseball in the sport right now, and it is hard to see them stopped at the moment.
Stanford is hoping it can carve out a similar start as Notre Dame and Oklahoma. The Cardinal take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday.