This season will be the first season with the new flat seamed balls for college baseball. The new balls are expected to travel an extra 20 feet off the sweet spot. From what I have read, the ball is overall a lot more forgiving even if the sweet spot is missed. I doubt this will be a return to the home run derby days of the BESR era but hopefully it will move college baseball away from the small ball game that's been going on ever since BBCOR showed up.
The NCAA will be releasing stats throughout the season comparing this season's performance to past seasons to reveal the impact on performance.
I like the move to the new ball but I would prefer they drop the BBCOR and move to wood but that will never happen.