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Omaha's storied regional rivalry

Mississippi State, UCLA and the deep roots of an old geographical war

Updated: June 24, 2013, 7:13 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

West Coast vs. Deep South. Small ball vs. gorilla ball. Fish tacos vs. pulled pork.

Here we go again.

On Monday night, the College World Series best-of-three championship series will feature UCLA, the light-hitting, pitching-heavy, run-manufacturing elite defensive team from SoCal versus Mississippi State, the big-bat, short-starter, get-a-lead-and-get-to-the-bullpen squad from ... NoMiss?

When the teams met with the national media over the weekend, their ...

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