Predictions: D1Baseball, our experts and YOU project whether LSU or UL-Lafayette is going to Omaha _lowres

Advocate staff file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Alex Box Stadium at Skip Bertman Field

Top-ranked LSU will play host to its cross-state rival University of La. at Lafayette in the NCAA super regional at Alex Box Stadium on Saturday night. weighed in on Friday with super regional predictions from its staff members. The verdict: All six staff members predict victory for LSU.

Read how The Advocate sports writers have weighed in; cast your prediction in our fan poll.

Columnist Scott Rabalais
Prediction: LSU over UL-Lafayette in 3 games

The Ragin’ Cajuns are as hot as the pepper in the school’s athletic logo, their ninth-inning heroics in the Houston regional giving them the aura of destiny’s darlings. But the Tigers have only lost one series all season, and a fluky one at that, to Kentucky. For LSU to lose now it would take a multiple system failure of hitting, pitching and/or defense. That isn’t happening. The Tigers are go for launch. Destination: Omaha

LSU beat writer Ross Dellenger
Prediction: LSU over UL-Lafayette in 2 games
The Tigers entered the NCAA tournament as the consensus top-ranked team in the land. They got the event's No. 2 overall national seed and won the Southeastern Conference regular season championship a few weeks ago. To put it simply: this team's been on course for Omaha and the College World Series for more than a month. Expect coach Paul Mainieri's crew to play its best on a big stage and in front of a rowdy 11,000-plus at the Box.

UL-Lafayette beat writer Luke Johnson
Prediction: LSU over UL-Lafayette in 3 games
The Cajuns have made it abundantly clear that they're not happy just to be in the super regionals, but they're in it to win the entire thing. LSU has the edge in virtually every quantifiable category, but the Cajuns believe they have the edge in things that can't be measured. You can expect a young Cajuns team to fight hard and make it closer than you might think with the national No. 2 seed. You can't expect the Cajuns to emerge from one of the toughest venues in college baseball with a series win, however.