Jun 4, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; General view of the NCAA logo at Hayward Field in advance of the 2013 NCAA Track

College World Series Bracket Challenge: Win $500 NCAA Shop Gift Card

Are you getting pumped to watch the Louisville Baseball team in Omaha this weekend? Well there’s no better way to follow the College World Series than with a good old-fashioned bracket challenge. The NCAA-sanctioned Facebook event, hosted by official partner Northwestern Mutual, is just like a typical March Madness bracket pool. You create a bracket, make your picks and sit back to watch the drama unfold.  It’s a great way to take part in the action, even if your team isn’t one of the lucky eight to make it!

To make the pot a little sweeter, a Grand Prize winner will be randomly selected from among the four highest bracket point totals and will win a $500 online gift certificate to the NCAA Shop, and one additional randomly selected winner will receive a $100 gift card.

If you want to get in on the action, follow this link, accept the privacy requirements and start picking winners. But don’t wait too long—the deadline for entering your bracket is Saturday, June 15 at 3 PM ET/2 PM CT.

The CWS features eight teams in a double-elimination format, beginning with two four-team brackets akin to the Regional round. The two teams that survive the respective brackets will face off in a best-of-three series to determine the 2013 NCAA champion.

For a complete preview of the teams in this year’s CWS bracket, click here! This is a fantastic read from FanSided’s UCLA Bruins site, GoJoeBruin, that details the eight different teams participating in the event.  It’s a great way to gain insight in case you’re having trouble deciding who to pick.  I hope you all jump on this fantastic opportunity to follow an underrated college sport, as well as win some team gear in the process.

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