OMAHA, Neb. -- Wednesday night's finale of the College World Series pits two of the sport's most storied programs -- Texas has six championships, LSU has five -- against each other to cap an Omaha fortnight that has lived up to the hype as the "Greatest Show on Dirt."
Oh, and the schools can finally settle who truly deserves to be No. 1. Texas (50-15-1), which won Big 12 titles in the regular season and tournament, is the No. 1 national seed in the postseason, as determined by the NCAA baseball committee; LSU (55-17), the SEC regular-season and tournament champ, is the No. 1 team as voted by the national polls.
Recent history is inconclusive: In Texas's favor is that two of the last three national champs rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the CWS final; in LSU's favor is the fact that a No. 1 seed hasn't won the title since Miami in 1999.
The Longhorns will send 6-foot sophomore right-hander
LSU hands the ball to its own sophomore right-hander, 6-7 power pitcher
To preview Wednesday night's highly anticipated final, SI.com asked a member of two coaching staffs who are familiar with both Texas and LSU to break down the matchup.