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On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy preview week nine around college baseball. Additionally, they discuss the most recent update to the field of 64 projection and transfer reform in college baseball.
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Series previewed on this episode are:
- The Magnolia State rivalry series between Mississippi and Mississippi State in Starkville. MSU has recovered nicely from being swept at home by Arkansas several weeks ago and has won six straight SEC games. Ole Miss, meanwhile, is looking to avoid its third consecutive series loss.
- Tennessee and Vanderbilt playing perhaps the most high-stakes series between the two in Knoxville this weekend. All eyes will be on Kumar Rocker after he had a tough start last weekend, and it will also be interesting to see if the Vols’ lineup can have success off of Jack Leiter when no one else has been able to and if their pitching staff can limit the Vanderbilt lineup the way that Georgia did last weekend.
- Oklahoma State taking on Texas Christian in Fort Worth. This series is a big opportunity for Oklahoma State to alter the state of the Big 12 race and announce itself as a real contender for the conference title. TCU is coming off of a series loss to Texas Tech in Lubbock but played well enough in a tough environment to inspire confidence about its staying power at the top of the league.
- Southern Miss heading to Ruston to take on Louisiana Tech three weeks after the Bulldogs won a series in Hattiesburg. A series win here and La Tech will be well on its way to securing a host spot in the postseason. For USM, a series win would put them right back in the thick of the Conference USA title race.
- Western Carolina hosting Samford in a battle of two of the top teams in the Southern Conference. Samford is currently 11-1 in league play, which tops the standings. WCU is 6-2 but is also putting together an intriguing postseason resume built around an RPI that is hanging inside the top 40.