Part II of the Q&A I did with The College Baseball Blog this time featuring the ACC. Brian Foley gives us his take on the ACC including some surprising Regional projections.
Q: I count six ranked teams for the ACC. Are they the best conference in the country?
A: I still think the SEC is stronger as evidenced by the fact they have seven teams ranked this season. The surprising conference this season has been the Pac-10 with UCLA and Arizona State being the last two undefeated teams in the country. Even the Oregon program has stepped up their game this season with a couple of big wins over Cal-State Fullerton, Arizona State, and Long Beach State to name a few.
Q: Who is the most surprising team so far and why?
A: My biggest surprise in the ACC has been the NC State Wolfpack who are 20-10 overall and 5-7 in ACC play. They have series victories over Virginia,
Q: Who is the most disappointing team?
A: I would have to say Boston College who enters the weekend with a 13-15 overall record while being 4-8 in ACC play. The biggest disappointment is the fact that the strength of the team was supposed to be the pitching staff which has a team ERA of 6.85. They will also be missing number 1 starter Pat Dean this weekend which is the second weekend he has missed in the last four.
Q: Virginia started out the season very high and is now ranked number one. Are they the favorites to win it all in Omaha?
A: I think that Cavs are the best bet from the ACC this season with the strong pitching led by Danny Hultzen and a very strong offensive lineup which goes 11 or 12 deep.
Q: Georgia Tech is another highly ranked team, but they have had disappointing finishes in the post season as of late. What do the Yellow Jackets need to do to get over the hump this year and into Omaha?
A: The biggest question with Georgia Tech is the rotation after Deck McGuire. Once you get to the NCAA Tourney, you are going to see a couple of high quality starting pitchers who should be able to keep the games low-scoring thus putting the pressure on the pitching staff to do well. I don't think that the Yellow Jackets have the depth to do that when the pressure is on.
Q: Who do you see coming out on top in the Atlantic: Clemson or FSU and why?
A: Clemson has been hammered with injuries in the last couple of weeks but are leading the division right now. FSU has been up and down recently losing two out of three to Virginia Tech last weekend. If I had to pick one, I would say the Tigers.
Q: Is FSU the best program to have never won a CWS?
A: For the amount of talent that the Seminoles have had, then they are by far the best program to never win a CWS title.
Q: Who is your player and coach of the year at this point in the season?
A: Coach of the Year: Jack Leggett because of the excellent job he did with rebuilding the pitching staff this season.
Player of the Year: Deck McGuire of Georgia Tech
Q: As we approach the halfway point, who do you see hosting Regionals?
A: I have four teams hosting in my most recent regional projections with Clemson as the number 5 overall seed, Virginia as the number 7 seed, Miami and FSU hosting
Q: How many teams could you see getting to the College World Series?
A: I think Virginia and Florida State get to Omaha this season.
Brian and his staff have a preview up of this weekend's series, including a top 5 matchup when Georgia Tech travels to Virginia.
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