In March 2020, college baseball abruptly came to a halt. The kids that love the game had no idea when they would get to play the sport that they love so much, and they also did not know if they would ever get to play for their respective schools again. But here we are in 2021 and college baseball is back.
Up in Arlington, there will be six teams competing in the biggest college baseball tournament until eight teams head to Omaha to fight for a championship. Texas, TCU, and Texas Tech will represent the Big 12 Conference, and Arkansas, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss will represent the Southeastern Conference.
Now, the three teams from the Big 12 traveling to Arlington are arguably the three biggest and best teams that the conference has to offer. Texas has been a household college baseball name for decades, and now over the last ten or so years TCU and Tech have emerged as yearly Omaha contenders as well. These teams match up for a juggernaut slate against three of the most passionate fan bases from the SEC.
Arkansas, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss are all simply baseball schools. Ultimately, when football season ends, the fans of these three schools immediately turn their attention and money towards their respective baseball programs. These fans live and breathe the sport and will more than likely kill a man if they disagree with someone about their specific school.
With all that being said, there are SIX top ten teams in this tournament. Yes, all six teams are ranked in the top ten, you read that right. This is the biggest and most incredible way to start the season; the opportunity to be overly dramatic if your favorite team goes 3-0 or 0-3 over this weekend. All the Big 12 teams will play all the SEC teams, one game a day from Saturday through Monday.
The tournament got pushed a day due to the winter storm that plowed through Texas over the last week (stay safe all my Texas friends), but the games will flow like this over the weekend:
Saturday, February 20
11:00 a.m.—Mississippi State vs. Texas
3:00 p.m.—Mississippi vs. TCU
7:00 p.m.—Arkansas vs. Texas Tech
Sunday, February 21
11:00 a.m.—TCU vs. Mississippi State
3:00 p.m.—Texas Tech vs. Mississippi
7:00 p.m.—Texas vs. Arkansas
Monday, February 22
11:00 a.m.—Mississippi State vs. Texas Tech
3:00 p.m.—Mississippi vs. Texas
7:00 p.m.—Arkansas vs. TCU
As a Mississippi State alum, I’m thoroughly disappointed in the schedule makers for not giving the first matchup against Texas the 7 p.m. slot, but we’re all getting college baseball for the first time in nearly year so who am I to complain?
Nevertheless, this weekend will be absolute mayhem because when you get six of the top ten programs to face off against one another, there’s sure to be great baseball played. Who knows, we could end up seeing all six of these teams together up in Omaha come this summer.