2021 College Baseball World Series: Power ranking the eight teams in Omaha

 Chris Lee   in Baseball

Here's how we rank the teams in order of quality, with no regard given to draw.

Jack Leiter photo courtesy of Vanderbilt athletics.

1. Vanderbilt (45-15), No. 2 RPI (10 strength of schedule), expected record based on runs scored/allowed: 45-15

The Commodores are 5-0 in NCAA play, scoring 34 runs while allowing 15.

2. Texas (47-15), No. 5 RPI, (28 SOS), expected record: 50-12

The Longhorns have allowed a CWS-low 3.13 runs per game.

3. Tennessee (50-16), No. 3 RPI (12 SOS), expected record: 48-18

The Vols' 98 home runs are the most of any team in Omaha

4. Arizona (45-16), No. 8 RPI (19 SOS), expected record: 43-18

Seven Wildcat regulars have on-base averages of .417 or better. 

5. Mississippi State (45-16), No. 6 RPI (8 SOS), expected record: 42-19

No team in the tournament has two stars with as much postseason experience as CF Rowdey Jordan and RF Tanner Allen

6. Stanford (38-15), No. 7 RPI (25 SOS), expected record: 33-20

Brendan Beck and Alex Williams--the Cardinal's top two starters--both had sub-.200 averages against, and a combined 4.8 K/BB ratio.

7. North Carolina State (35-18), No. 16 RPI (20 SOS), expected record: 32-21

Six State players, lead by Luka Tresh and Tyler McDonough  (15 each) had double-digit home runs, even though the Wolfpack played just 53 games.

8. Virginia (35-25), No. 28 RPI (11 SOS), expected record: 38-22

Six different Cavalier pitchers have started Virginia's eight NCAA tournament games.