College Podcast: Previewing Week 3
On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy preview the third weekend of college baseball action.
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They start by discussing the games that won't be happening as Covid-19 cancellations are more present this weekend than they have been each of the last two weekends. Boston College, Wake Forest, Auburn, Mississippi State and West Virginia have all been affected, although the healthy teams in that group have all found new opponents, most notably in a series between Boston College and Auburn on The Plains.
From there, they preview some of the biggest games from the weekend, including the series between No. 4 Louisville and No. 14 Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The Cardinals have been inconsistent in the last four games and will look to get things straightened out, while the Yellow Jackets will look to build on an impressive sweep at North Carolina State last weekend.
The hosts also talk about No. 20 Texas hitting the road to take on Houston. The Longhorns have looked much better over the last week than they did during the first weekend of the season, while the Cougars will get their first big test against top-flight competition.
Two tournaments stand out this weekend. One is the Frisco Classic between No. 24 Arizona, No. 25 Oklahoma, Dallas Baptist and Missouri. That provides a big opportunity for both Arizona and Oklahoma to enjoy a breakout weekend after inconsistent starts. The other is the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in Houston, which includes No. 10 Texas Christian, No. 11 Texas Tech, Texas State, Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. It will be a good showcase for SHSU outfielder Colton Cowser against good pitching and a chance for Texas State to reignite hopes for an at-large bid this season.
Finally, they wrap by looking at the series between Georgia State and No. 22 Tennessee in Knoxville. Already this season, the Panthers have beaten West Virginia, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech, so not only can they steal a game in this series, but if the Volunteers come out flat, they can win it.