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Katherine Wright | | February 14, 2020

When does the college baseball season start?

A look at the top college baseball matchups you don't want to miss before conference play

The 2020 college baseball season will see teams hoping to make it to Omaha, Nebraska for the College World Series.

2020 COLLEGE BASEBALL: Our preseason top 25 | Eight for Omaha, predicted

The quest for Omaha starts today, as the 2020 opening weekend is set for Feb. 14-16. Eight ranked opponents take the field for important matchups on opening day, including two ranked matchups — No. 1 Louisville at No. 25 Ole Miss and No. 2 Vanderbilt at No. 13 Michigan, a rematch of last season's College World Series final.

To view the top 11 games to watch on opening day and how to watch them, click here.

In's preseason top 25 released on Monday, Jan.13, Louisville earned the top spot, followed by Vanderbilt, Miami (Fla.), Florida and Georgia. The latter three teams had the largest jump of the five from last year's final poll, with Miami and Georgia closing out the year ranked 19th and 18th, respectively, while Florida ended a disappointing 2019 season unranked and was eliminated by Dallas Baptist in the regional round.

Here's how each of the top 5 preseason teams will start the 2020 season:

No. 1 Louisville

Right out of the gate, the Cardinals take on No. 25 Ole Miss in a three-game series in Oxford Feb. 14-16. Five more unranked opponents fill their schedule until ACC play begins on March 6, when Louisville travels to Winston-Salem to take on Wake Forest in a three-game series.

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No. 2 Vanderbilt

The Commodores open their 2020 season at the second annual MLB4 Tournament in Scottsdale, AZ. The four teams that will participate are Vanderbilt, Michigan, UConn and Cal Poly. Each will play the other once, including another rematch of last season's CWS between Vanderbilt and Michigan on Feb. 14. What a way to introduce the 2020 college baseball season.

Games against UConn and Cal Poly will follow on Feb. 15 and Feb 16, respectively.

Find what you need to know and how to watch the MLB4 Collegiate Baseball Tournament here.

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No. 3 Miami

Before taking on Florida in a top-5 matchup, the Hurricanes begin the season hosting Rutgers for a three-game series from Feb. 14-16. They then play Kent State on Wednesday, Feb 19 before hosting the Gators for a three-game series Feb. 21-23.

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No. 4 Florida

The Gators open the 2020 season at home Feb. 14-16, hosting Marshall in a three-game series. A home-and-away series against Jacksonville on Feb. 18-19 leads to a highly-anticipated series against Miami on Feb 21-23; the Hurricanes will host.

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No. 5 Georgia

Three opponents precede the Bulldogs' three-game series (home, away, neutral) against No. 19 Georgia Tech on Feb. 28-Mar. 1. Richmond visits Athens to open the season Feb. 14-16 in a three-game series. Kennesaw State and Santa Clara then follow in preparation for Georgia's first ranked opponent of the season in Georgia Tech.

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But until then, fall ball takes over. One of the most interesting matchups to date was a rematch of last year's College World Series finals. The Nov. 10 meeting between Vanderbilt and Michigan came less than five months after the Commodores won their second national title in five seasons. 

2020 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: News, info, and schedules | 2019 bracket

The fall game was tight with both teams entering the ninth tied at two after Vanderbilt scored one at the bottom of the eighth. An error by the Commodores set up the Wolverines for a go-ahead run to win 3-2.

Relive Vanderbilt's Game 3 win over Michigan in under two minutes

For more up to date information on the strongest teams entering the 2020 season, click the fall reports below.

In 2019, Vanderbilt didn't surprise many people. After losing 7-4 in the first game of the College World Series final to Michigan, the Commodores rebounded, beating the Wolverines 4-1 in Game 2 and 8-2 in Game 3. In the postseason, they outscored opponents 77-44 and only allowed five or more runs once before reaching the CWS final.

Here's a look at every College World Series winner since 1947:

2019 Vanderbilt (59-12) Tim Corbin 8-2 Michigan Omaha, Neb.
2018 Oregon State (55-12-1) Pat Casey  5-0 Arkansas Omaha, Neb. 
2017 Florida (52-19) Kevin O'Sullivan 6-1 LSU Omaha, Neb.
2016 Coastal Carolina (55-18) Gary Gilmore 4-3 Arizona Omaha, Neb.
2015 Virginia (44-24) Brian O'Connor 4-2 Vanderbilt Omaha, Neb.
2014 Vanderbilt (51-21) Tim Corbin 3-2 Virginia Omaha, Neb.
2013 * UCLA (49-17) John Savage 8-0 Mississippi State Omaha, Neb.
2012 * Arizona (48-17) Andy Lopez 4-1 South Carolina Omaha, Neb.
2011 * South Carolina (55-14) Ray Tanner 5-2 Florida Omaha, Neb.
2010 South Carolina (54-16) Ray Tanner 2-1 (11 inn.) UCLA Omaha, Neb.
2009 LSU (56-17) Paul Mainieri 11-4 Texas Omaha, Neb.
2008 Fresno State (47-31) Mike Batesole 6-1 Georgia Omaha, Neb.
2007 * Oregon State (49-18) Pat Casey 9-3 North Carolina Omaha, Neb.
2006 Oregon State (50-16) Pat Casey 3-2 North Carolina Omaha, Neb.
2005 * Texas (56-16) Augie Garrido 6-2 Florida Omaha, Neb.
2004 Cal St. Fullerton (47-22) George Horton 3-2 Texas Omaha, Neb.
2003 Rice (58-12) Wayne Graham 14-2 Stanford Omaha, Neb.
2002 * Texas (57-15) Augie Garrido 12-6 South Carolina Omaha, Neb.
2001 * Miami (Fla.) (53-12) Jim Morris 12-1 Stanford Omaha, Neb.
2000 * LSU (52-17) Skip Bertman 6-5 Stanford Omaha, Neb.
1999 * Miami (Fla.) (50-13) Jim Morris 6-5 Florida State Omaha, Neb.
1998 Southern California (49-17) Mike Gillespie 21-14 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1997 * LSU (57-13) Skip Bertman 13-6 Alabama Omaha, Neb.
1996 * LSU (52-15) Skip Bertman 9-8 Miami (Fla.) Omaha, Neb.
1995 * Cal St. Fullerton (57-9) Augie Garrido 11-5 Southern California Omaha, Neb.
1994 * Oklahoma (50-17) Larry Cochell 13-5 Georgia Tech Omaha, Neb.
1993 LSU (53-17-1) Skip Bertman 8-0 Wichita State Omaha, Neb.
1992 * Pepperdine (48-11-1) Andy Lopez 3-2 Cal St. Fullerton Omaha, Neb.
1991 * LSU (55-18) Skip Bertman 6-3 Wichita State Omaha, Neb.
1990 Georgia (52-19) Steve Webber 2-1 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1989 Wichita State (68-16) Gene Stephenson 5-3 Texas Omaha, Neb.
1988 Stanford (46-23) Mark Marquess 9-4 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1987 Stanford (53-17) Mark Marquess 9-5 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1986 Arizona (49-19) Jerry Kindall 10-2 Florida State Omaha, Neb.
1985 Miami (Fla.) (64-16) Ron Fraser 10-6 Texas Omaha, Neb.
1984 Cal St. Fullerton (66-20) Augie Garrido 3-1 Texas Omaha, Neb.
1983 * Texas (66-14) Cliff Gustafson 4-3 Alabama Omaha, Neb.
1982 * Miami (Fla.) (55-17-1) Ron Fraser 9-3 Wichita State Omaha, Neb.
1981 Arizona State (55-13) Jim Brock 7-4 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1980 Arizona (45-21-1) Jerry Kindall 5-3 Hawaii Omaha, Neb.
1979 Cal St. Fullerton (60-14-1) Augie Garrido 2-1 Arkansas Omaha, Neb.
1978 * Southern California (54-9) Rod Dedeaux 10-3 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1977 Arizona State (57-12) Jim Brock 2-1 South Carolina Omaha, Neb.
1976 Arizona (56-17) Jerry Kindall 7-1 Eastern Michigan Omaha, Neb.
1975 Texas (59-6) Cliff Gustafson 5-1 South Carolina Omaha, Neb.
1974 Southern California (50-20) Rod Dedeaux 7-3 Miami (Fla.) Omaha, Neb.
1973 * Southern California (51-11) Rod Dedeaux 4-3 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1972 Southern California (47-13-1) Rod Dedeaux 1-0 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1971 Southern California (46-11) Rod Dedeaux 5-2 Southern Illinois Omaha, Neb.
1970 Southern California (45-13) Rod Dedeaux 2-1 (15 inn.) Florida State Omaha, Neb.
1969 Arizona State (56-11) Bobby Winkles 10-1 Tulsa Omaha, Neb.
1968 * Southern California (43-12-1) Rod Dedeaux 4-3 Southern Illinois Omaha, Neb.
1967 Arizona State (53-12) Bobby Winkles 11-0 Houston Omaha, Neb.
1966 Ohio State (27-6-1) Marty Karow 8-2 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1965 Arizona State (54-8) Bobby Winkles 2-0 Ohio State Omaha, Neb.
1964 Minnesota (31-12) Dick Siebert 5-1 Missouri Omaha, Neb.
1963 Southern California (35-10) Rod Dedeaux 5-2 Arizona Omaha, Neb.
1962 Michigan (34-15) Don Lund 5-4 (15 inn.) Santa Clara Omaha, Neb.
1961 * Southern California (36-7) Rod Dedeaux 1-0 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1960 Minnesota (34-7-1) Dick Siebert 2-1 (10 inn.) Southern California Omaha, Neb.
1959 Oklahoma State (27-5) Toby Greene 5-0 Arizona Omaha, Neb.
1958 Southern California (29-3) Rod Dedeaux 8-7 (12 inn.) Missouri Omaha, Neb.
1957 * California (35-10) George Wolfman 1-0 Penn State Omaha, Neb.
1956 Minnesota (37-9) Dick Siebert 12-1 Arizona Omaha, Neb.
1955 Wake Forest (29-7) Taylor Sanford 7-6 Western Michigan Omaha, Neb.
1954 Missouri (22-4) John "Hi" Simmons 4-1 Rollins Omaha, Neb.
1953 Michigan (21-9) Ray Fisher 7-5 Texas Omaha, Neb.
1952 Holy Cross (21-3) Jack Barry 8-4 Missouri Omaha, Neb.
1951 * Oklahoma (19-9) Jack Baer 3-2 Tennessee Omaha, Neb.
1950 Texas (27-6) Bibb Falk 3-0 Washington State Omaha, Neb.
1949 * Texas (23-7) Bibb Falk 10-3 Wake Forest Wichita, Kan.
1948 Southern California (26-4) Sam Barry 9-2 Yale Kalamazoo, Mich.
1947 * California (31-10) Clint Evans 8-7 Yale Kalamazoo, Mich.

*Indicates undefeated teams in College World Series play.

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