Omaha, NE (WLTX) - USC Coach Ray Tanner says his team is not cocky, but confident, as they seeks their third straight College World Series title.
Tanner and the other coaches in the 8-field tournament met with the media Thursday.
"It's [The College World Series] very special," Tanner said. "Every chance you get to be here is a dream come true."
They'll begin with a game Saturday against Florida, the same team USC defeated in the College World Series last year.
"We've had some good games and good battles," Tanner said. I think it's all about respect."
It's a sentiment the Gators coach echoes.
"I've got a great deal of respect for Ray and his program," said Florida Head Coach Kevin O'Sullivan. "Every time you play them you've got to play your very best. It's never gonna be easy."
Tanner said this year's team was led by its veterans.
"We're probably here today because of our veteran players they had a little more patience than I did with the young guys," he said. "I was probably a little bit hard to play for those young guys. the older guys took them under their wings and helped them mature and develop."
And while the team feels good about where they are, they know the task ahead.
"Our guys don't think they're unbeatable by any stretch of the imagination," Tanner said. "They do think we have a chance. It's confidence but it's not arrogance."