College World Series 2017: Championship Predictions, Format and Full Bracket

Eight teams remain in the hunt for the NCAA baseball championship, but it will take at least five more wins for any squad to come away with a College World Series title.
The upcoming round features a similar format to the regional, with a double-elimination bracket between four teams until one remains. The winner of each section will then battle in a best-of-three series for all the marbles.
Although each team has proved itself to reach this point, succeeding in Omaha, Nebraska, against the best in the country is another story.
Full bracket available at NCAA.com.
          
Opening Schedule
No. 1 Oregon State vs. CSU Fullerton, June 17 at 3 p.m. ET (ESPN)
No. 4 LSU vs. Florida State, June 17 at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
No. 7 Louisville vs. Texas A&M, June 18 at 2 p.m. ET (ESPN)
No. 3 Florida vs. No. 6 TCU, June 18 at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
        
Preview

There is a lot of depth in the second half of the bracket, with the No. 3, No. 6 and No. 7 seeds all battling for one spot in the College World Series final.
Florida is probably the scariest team of the bunch as the Gators look for their first championship. As usual, they utilize some of the best pitching in the country behind first-round MLB draft pick Alex Faedo. He and Brady Singer provide a pair of reliable options in the rotation, while Michael Byrne is as good as they come out of the bullpen.
In a format that requires consistency from game to game, having a deep pitching staff goes a long way.
TCU also has some quality players, while Texas A&M has been on a magical run so far this postseason. However, the team to beat in this part of the bracket might be Louisville.
The Cardinals' pure talent from top to bottom was apparent at the start of the MLB draft, via MLB Pipeline:

Brendan McKay and Drew Ellis represent the best one-two punch in any lineup in the country, and it's not particularly close. McKay hit .343 with 17 home runs and 56 RBI while Ellis knocked in 20 home runs and 61 RBI to go with his .367 batting average.
In addition to being one of the top hitters on the team, McKay is also the ace with a 2.34 ERA and a 10-3 record.
With Sam Bordner leading an elite bullpen, Louisville has all the tools necessary to make a run for the title.
In the other half of the bracket, LSU could be a real threat with one of the best offenses in the country. The SEC tournament champs now have 16 wins in a row with an average of 8.5 runs per game in this stretch.
Greg Deichmann is the biggest threat, although several hitters in this lineup can cause damage.
Still, everyone will be trying to catch Oregon State.

The No. 1 seed has an incredible 54-4 record on the season with 21 wins in a row heading into the CWS. The five straight wins throughout the NCAA tournament all featured at least eight runs scored, including a dominant offensive performance against Vanderbilt's Kyle Wright, one of the top pitchers in the country.
"They just keep coming. Very inspired, very motivated right now," Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said of OSU, per the Associated Press (via USA Today). "The makeup of their team is very good. They've got a lot of parts, and they're tough to stop."
Although pitcher Luke Heimlich will not be with the team, per ESPN's Mitch Sherman, the squad still has Jake Thompson and others to carry the rotation. Adding one of the deepest lineups still alive and the Beavers should be able to come away with a championship.
CWS Prediction: Oregon State over Louisville
           
Note: All statistics courtesy of team sites.

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