Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com is ranking his "Rising Programs". The University of Michigan has come in at number eight on his off-season list.
I give Mr. Rogers credit for admitting he and the rest of the college baseball media (sans Eric Sorenson, of course) have overlooked the work Rich Maloney has done in Ann Arbor. He also comes clean on underestimating the Wolverines heading into the Nashville Regional.
Rogers goes onto suggest that the Wolverines are set for a College World Series run in 2008. First Aaron Fitt at Baseball America, now Rogers at Rivals are using Michigan and Omaha in the same sentence. I think it's safe to say that the Omaha hype has officially begun.
(Editor's Note: Yet another hat tip to Brian Foley at the College Baseball Blog.)