2024 Shriners Children's College Showdown

2024 College Baseball Power-5 Conference Predictions, All-Conference Teams

2024 College Baseball Power-5 Conference Predictions, All-Conference Teams

Here's a list of the Power-5 All-Conference teams and coaches picks to win the Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, Pac-12 and ACC.

Feb 15, 2024 by Joe Harrington

College Baseball Opening Day is Feb. 16, and teams from all over the country are in action as the season gets underway. 

In Arlington, Texas, a handful of the nation's top teams play at the College Baseball Showdown while others are playing in classics in Arizona, Florida and anywhere in the country where baseball weather exists. 

This means it's prediction season in college baseball. And that means predicting just about everything: 

It also means coaches get together and give their picks of who will win their conferences and its best players. 

Here's a run-down of the Power-5 all-conference teams ... expect the Big Ten, which has yet to announce their preseason honors. 

Who Will Win The SEC Baseball Title In 2024? Arkansas Baseball The Favorite

Defending NCAA champion LSU is picked to finish second in the SEC West and boot rival Arkansas is picked to win the league. 

Arkansas, which plays in the second weekend of the College Baseball Showdown, received 9 first-place votes from coaches to win the league. 

Florida was picked to win the East, beating out Tennessee, who opens the season against Texas Tech on Feb. 16 at the College Baseball Showdown.

Here are the predictions. 

SEC Preseason Poll

Eastern Division

  1. Florida (11) - 88     
  2. Tennessee (2) - 75     
  3. Vanderbilt (1) - 73     
  4. South Carolina - 50    
  5. Kentucky - 44     
  6. Georgia - 36     
  7. Missouri - 19     

Western Division 

  1. Arkansas (9) - 87
  2. LSU (5) - 82
  3. Texas A&M - 68
  4.  Alabama - 47
  5. Auburn - 46
  6. Ole Miss - 32
  7. Mississippi State - 23

2024 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team

First Team

  • C: Cole Messina, South Carolina
  • 1B: Jac Caglianone, Florida
  • 2B: Cade Kurland, Florida
  • 3B: Tommy White, LSU
  • SS: Colby Shelton, Florida
  • OF: Jace LaViolette, Texas A&M
  • OF: Ethan Petry, South Carolina
  • OF: Kendall Diggs, Arkansas
  • DH/UTL: Ike Irish, Auburn
  • SP: Hagen Smith, Arkansas
  • SP: Drew Beam, Tennessee
  • RP: Brandon Neely, Florida

Second Team

  • C: Devin Burkes, Kentucky
  • 1B: Charlie Condon, Georgia
  • 2B: Christian Moore, Tennessee
  • 3B: Billy Amick, Tennessee
  • SS: Jonathan Vastine, Vanderbilt
  • OF: Braden Montgomery, Texas A&M
  • OF: Dakota Jordan, Mississippi State
  • OF: Bobby Peirce, Auburn
  • DH/UTL: Hayden Travinski, LSU
  • SP: Jac Caglianone, Florida
  • SP: Carter Holton, Vanderbilt
  • RP: Alton Davis II, Alabama

Who Will Win The ACC Baseball Title In 2024? No. 1 Wake Forest Baseball Is The Favorite

Preseason No.1 Wake Forest is picked to win the ACC and the ACC Atlantic Division. Led by one of the top prospects in all of baseball, first baseman Nick Kurtz, the Demon Deacons took 10 of the 14 first-place votes and 12 of the 14 Atlantic division votes. 

Virginia is picked to win the Coastal Division. 

ACC Preseason Poll

Atlantic Division

  1. Wake Forest (10) - 95
  2. Clemson (1) – 79
  3. NC State – 68
  4. Florida State – 54
  5. Louisville – 48
  6. Notre Dame – 31
  7. Boston College – 17

Coastal Division

  1. Virginia (1) – 88
  2. North Carolina (2) – 86
  3. Duke – 71
  4. Miami – 56
  5. Georgia Tech – 40
  6. Virginia Tech – 34
  7. Pitt – 17

All-conference teams have not been announced. 

Who Will Win The Big 12 Baseball Title In 2024? TCU Baseball Is The Favorite

TCU Baseball, who headlines the final weekend of the College Baseball Showdown in March, is the favorite to win the league. The Horned Frogs received 11 first-place votes. Texas received two. 

Big 12 Baseball Preseason Poll

  • 1. TCU (11) - 143
  • 2. Texas (2) - 131
  • 3. Oklahoma State - 119
  • 4. Texas Tech - 107
  • 5. Kansas State - 98
  • T6. Oklahoma - 85
  • T6. West Virginia - 85
  • 8. Kansas - 67
  • 9. Houston - 56
  • 10. UCF - 45
  • 11. Baylor - 36
  • T12. BYU - 21
  • T12. Cincinnati - 21

No. 1 MLB Draft Prospect JJ Wetherholt Picked As Preseason Big 12 Player of The Year

JJ Wetherhold, Baseball America and MLB.com's No. 1 prospect in the 2024 MLB Draft, was the preseason player of the year pick. The West Virginia baseball star was a unanimous pick. 

Lebarron Johnson Jr. of Texas was honored as the top pitcher in the preseason, while TCU's versatile player Payton Tolle received the title of Preseason Newcomer of the Year and Texas' outfielder Will Gasparino was selected as Preseason Freshman of the Year.

Preseason All-Big 12 Team

  • C: Karson Bowen, TCU
  • IF: Kodey Shojinaga, Kansas
  • IF: Kaelen Culpepper, K-State
  • IF: Anthony Silva, TCU
  • IF: Gavin Kash, Texas Tech*
  • IF: JJ Wetherholt, West Virginia*
  • OF: Bryce Madron, Oklahoma
  • OF: Nolan Schubart, Oklahoma State*
  • OF: Porter Brown, Texas
  • DH: Janson Reeder, Kansas
  • UT: Carson Benge, Oklahoma State
  • SP: Owen Boerema, K-State
  • SP: Kole Klecker, TCU*
  • SP: Payton Tolle, TCU
  • SP: Lebarron Johnson Jr., Texas*
  • RP: Tyson Neighbors, K-State*
  • RP: Ben Abeldt, TCU


Who Will Win The Pac-12 Baseball Title In 2024? Oregon State Baseball Is The Favorite

The Oregon State baseball team, which will open the season at the Sanderson Ford Baseball Classic in Surprise, Arizona on Feb. 16 and play in the second weekend of the College Baseball Showdown, is the favorite to win the league. 

The Beavers received eight first-place votes.  

Pac-12 Preseason Poll

  1. Oregon State (8)    95
  2. Stanford (2)    85
  3. UCLA (1)    82
  4. Oregon    74
  5. USC    64
  6. Arizona State    50
  7. Washington    49
  8. California    40
  9. Arizona    31
  10. Utah    20
  11. Washington State    15

Travis Bazzana Leads Way On All-Pac-12 Baseball Team

Travis Bazzana is the No. 3 prospect in many MLB 2024 Draft prospect lists, and he naturally was on the preseason team after his 2023 All-American season. 

Preseason All-Pac-12 Team

  • RHP: Caden Aoki, USC
  • LHP: Micah Ashman, Utah
  • INF: Travis Bazzana, Oregon State
  • RHP: Josh Blum, USC
  • C: Ryan Campos, Arizona State
  • OF: TJ Clarkson, Utah
  • INF: Cam Clayton, Washington
  • INF: Nu'U Contrades, Arizona State
  • INF: Duce Gourson, UCLA
  • OF: Rodney Green Jr., California
  • LHP: Grayson Grinsell, Oregon
  • INF: Mason Guerra, Oregon State
  • OF: AJ Guerrero, Washington
  • RHP: Josh Emanuels, Washington
  • DH/INF: Max Handron, California
  • RHP: Luke Jewett, UCLA
  • RHP: Jacob Kmatz, Oregon State
  • DH/C: Caleb Lomavita, California
  • RHP: Aiden May, Oregon State
  • LHP: Ian May, California
  • OF: Micah McDowell, Oregon State
  • OF: Nick McLain, Arizona State
  • RHP: Logan Mercado, Oregon
  • C: Malcolm Moore, Stanford
  • RHP: Dawson Netz, Arizona
  • OF: Austin Overn, USC
  • INF: Cody Schrier, UCLA
  • RHP: Matt Scott, Stanford
  • RHP: Tyler Stasiowski, California
  • DH/INF: Jacob Tobias, Arizona State
  • INF: Jacob Walsh, Oregon
  • INF: Mason White, Arizona
  • OF: Harris Williams, Arizona State

Who Will Win The Big Ten Baseball Title In 2024? Iowa Baseball Is The Favorite

The Big Ten announced its preseason honors two days before the start of the regular season and coaches picked the top six in the league, instead of every finish. 

Iowa Baseball is the favorite after a 44-16 season a year ago and with one of the best returning pitchers in baseball back in Brody Brecht. They reached the Big Ten Championship Game before losing to Maryland and were eliminated by Indiana State in the NCAA Regionals a year ago.

 Big Ten Preseason Poll

  1. Iowa
  2. Indiana
  3. Maryland
  4. Rutgers
  5. Nebraska
  6. Michigan

Brody Brecht Leads Way On All-Big Ten Baseball Team

  • RHP: Jack Crowder, Illinois
  • OF: Ryan Moerman, Illinois
  • RHP: Logan Tabeling, Illinois
  • RHP: Connor Foley, Indiana
  • OF: Devin Taylor, Indiana
  • C: Brock Tibbitts, Indiana
  • RHP: Brody Brecht, Iowa
  • RHP: Marcus Morgan, Iowa
  • OF: Sam Petersen, Iowa
  • C/DH: Alex Calarco, Maryland
  • 3B: Chris Hacopian, Maryland
  • 2B: Sam Hojnar, Maryland
  • CF: Jonathan Kim, Michigan
  • RHP: Dylan Vigue, Michigan
  • RHP/1B: Mitch Voit, Michigan
  • LHP: Joseph Dzierwa, Michigan State
  • OF: Jack Frank, Michigan State
  • LHP: Nick Powers, Michigan State
  • 2B: Brady Counsell, Minnesota
  • C/1B: Weber Neels, Minnesota
  • LHP: Connor Wietgrefe, Minnesota
  • SS: Dylan Carey, Nebraska
  • OF: Gabe Swansen, Nebraska
  • UTL: Will Walsh, Nebraska
  • OF: Tyler Ganus, Northwestern
  • INF: Owen McElfatrick, Northwestern
  • RHP: Garrett Shearer, Northwestern
  • LHP: Landon Beidelschies, Ohio State
  • LHP: Gavin Bruni, Ohio State
  • SS: Henry Kaczmar, Ohio State
  • OF: Adam Cecere, Penn State
  • C: J.T. Marr, Penn State
  • INF: Bryce Molinaro, Penn State
  • OF: Mike Bolton Jr., Purdue
  • C: Connor Caskenette, Purdue
  • OF: Couper Cornblum, Purdue
  • RHP: Christian Coppola, Rutgers
  • SS: Josh Kuroda-Grauer, Rutgers
  • 3B: Tony Santa Maria, Rutgers

How To Stream The 2024 College Baseball Showdown?

The first weekend of competition at the Shriners Children's College Showdown is Feb. 16-18 at Globe Life Field. It is streaming on FloBaseball and the FloSports app. 

Replays, highlights and breaking news from the event will be on both platforms. 

What Teams Are Playing In the 2024 College Baseball Showdown?

Here are the teams: 

  • University of Oklahoma
  • Texas Tech University
  • Baylor University
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Arkansas
  • Oklahoma State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Oregon State University 
  • TCU 
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Southern California 
  • Arizona State University

2024 Shriners Children's College Showdown Schedule 

All times Eastern

Friday, Feb. 16 

  • 12 p.m. – Nebraska vs. Baylor 
  • 4 p.m. – Oregon vs. Oklahoma 
  • 8 p.m. – Tennessee vs. Texas Tech

Saturday, Feb. 17 

  • 12 p.m. – Baylor vs. Oregon 
  • 4 p.m. – Texas Tech vs. Nebraska 
  • 8 p.m. – Oklahoma vs. Tennessee

Sunday, Feb. 18 

  • 11:30 a.m. – Nebraska vs. Oklahoma 
  • 3:30 p.m. – Oregon vs. Texas Tech 
  • 7:30 p.m. – Tennessee vs. Baylor

2024 Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 2 Schedule

All times Eastern

Friday, February 23 

  • 4 p.m. – Michigan vs. Oklahoma State 
  • 8 p.m. – Oregon State vs. Arkansas

Saturday, February 24 

  • 4 p.m. – Michigan vs. Oregon State 
  • 8 p.m. – Arkansas vs. Oklahoma State

Sunday, February 25 

  • 2 p.m. – Arkansas vs. Michigan 
  • 6 p.m. – Oklahoma State vs. Oregon State

2024 Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 3 Schedule 

All times Eastern

Friday, March 1 

  • 3 p.m. – USC vs. TCU 
  • 7 p.m. – Arizona State vs. Texas A&M

Saturday, March 2 

  • 3 p.m. – Texas A&M vs. USC 
  • 7 p.m. – TCU vs. Arizona State

Sunday, March 3 

  • 12 p.m. – Arizona State vs. Texas A&M 
  • 4 p.m. – USC vs. TCU

More MLB Draft 2024 Coverage 

What College Baseball Tournaments Are Streaming On FloBaseball?

These tournaments will stream on FloBaseball and the FloSports app in February and March:

FloBaseball Archived Footage

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Watch College Baseball On FloBaseball

FloBaseball is home to thousands of college baseball games this spring, including the Shriners Children's College Showdown (formerly the College Baseball Showdown) from Feb. 16 to March 3 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Watch Independent Baseball On FloBaseball 

Follow the action from around the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, Frontier League and Pioneer Baseball League, whether you’re on FloBaseball.tv, the FloSports app or FloBaseball’s social media channels for select games.

Each week during the season, we'll feature at least one “Game Of The Week” from each league and stream it directly to social media. Tune in to catch the action LIVE on FloBaseball's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

And remember, you can revisit all of your favorite moments from the season, as video footage from each league is archived and stored in a video library for FloBaseball subscribers to watch during the duration of their subscriptions. 

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