With only two weeks left in the 2017 college baseball season, the postseason picture is becoming much clearer. The national seeds are falling into place, and the automatic bids are ready to be declared. Yet for many teams, the opportunity for a postseason bid is riding on these last few weeks. Here is the state of all 11 of the Pac-12 teams in their quest for a CWS title.
#1 Oregon State
(42-14, 24-3) RPI: 1
A clear lock for the first national seed in the country, Oregon State has done everything right this year. The Beavers boast the top RPI in the nation, and sit atop every top 25 poll. OSU will finish up their season with Washington State and Abilene Christian. Both series will be played in Corvallis, where the Beavs have only lost one game all year.
(33-14, 15-9) RPI: 11
Another clear lock for the tournament, Stanford will be fighting for one of the remaining national seeds in these last few weeks. Stanford backed up a slow start with a run of eleven straight, which has put them back into the top 15. Stanford will need a lot to go in their favor if they want to receive a national seed. Wins over Washington and Washington State would help their cause.
(33-17, 12-12) RPI: 17
A streaky team at times this year, the Wildcats will need to play well in their next two series if they want to host a regional. Arizona sits right on the regional bubble, and will likely need an RPI boost to push their way into that bubble. Finishing up the season with Arizona State and Cal won’t help them out.
On The Bubble
(24-21, 15-12) RPI: 50
Another streaky team this year, the Utes will need a strong finish to receive an at-large bid. Yet, with an RPI of 50, this is definitely doable. Utah travels west to take on the Bruins this weekend in a pivotal series. This series may decide who is safely inside the bubble and who is on the outside looking in.
(25-23, 14-10) RPI: 60
The Bruins have been sitting on the bubble for most of this year, and a series loss to Washington State last week did not help their cause. An RPI of 60 is as borderline as it gets, and UCLA will need to raise it to consider themselves safely in.
(26-24, 12-12) RPI: 67
As of now, the Huskies are on the outside looking in. Washington has lost six of their last nine and has seen their RPI plummet to 67. The biggest hit came in a pivotal series at Arizona in which they were swept. Washington travels to Stanford this weekend for a series which has turned into three must-win games for them.
(26-21, 9-15) RPI: 70
After a promising start to the year, Oregon has lost 13 of their last 16, including a six-game losing streak (which they are still riding). Unfortunately for the Ducks, no team has ever received an at-large bid with a sub-.500 conference record. This makes for each of their last eight contests a must-win game.
(22-26, 13-14) RPI: 74
This young Cal team was on the cusp the whole year. Unfortunately for the Bears, their inexperience put a damper on the season, and they were never able to pick up the big win. The Bears also seemed to have trouble facing good teams, as they are 1-12 against the RPI Top 25. Ouch.
(24-23, 10-14) RPI: 114
Despite their recent winning ways, Washington State’s dismal start to the year derailed them and made a late-season comeback virtually impossible. Yet four series wins in a row is cause for celebration, as their RPI has climbed to 114. Series against Oregon State and Stanford could make for an interesting end of the year for the Cougs.
(23-26, 8-16) RPI: 86
Like Cal, a young and inexperienced team made for many ups and downs throughout the year. Only one series win in conference play does cause problems, and a long offseason waits for them. Good news for the Devils: they return almost their entire team next year.
(19-28, 6-18) RPI: 109
Losers of 12 of their last 13, USC has fallen to the bottom of the “Pac.” The talented Trojans just never seemed to click, which has resulted in their worst season in five years. USC takes on Oregon and Washington to finish their season, which provides a nice opportunity to burst some bubbles.