Last year, ASU swept Clemson, 7-4 and 8-2, in the Tempe super regional, so the Tigers have revenge on their minds. From AZCentral.com:
“Both teams are going to know about each other, and we’re just going to go out and see who doesn’t crack,” said Esmay, making his CWS head-coaching debut with a team trying to become the first No. 1 national seed to win here (in Omaha) since Miami in 1999
Clemson is no stranger to Rosenblatt. Coach Jack Leggett is optimistic about his team's chances as they have been improving from a mid-season slump. From Greenville Online:
This is Clemson’s 12th appearance at Rosenblatt Stadium. Four years ago Clemson won its first game then lost the next two, but in 2002 the Tigers won their first two and came within a win of playing for the national title.
"We’ve been playing well lately," Leggett said. "Hopefully we can keep it up during this tournament."
A lot is being made of this being the last CWS at historic Rosenblatt Stadium, before it moves to its new home in downtown Omaha (plus: it is walking distance to bars, minus: it’s not Rosenblatt). Here’s a handy guide to your Omaha visit.
Be sure to check out SB Nation's breakdown of the top college players in the CWS.