BETTING ODDS: Tennessee Favored In College World Series Stacked With SEC, ACC Teams

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The eight-team Men’s College World Series begins this weekend, with the top three favorites — Tennessee, Texas A&M and Kentucky — coming from the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

The tournament starts Friday at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska.

All eight teams in this year’s College World Series are from the SEC or Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Two states, Florida and North Carolina, are represented by two teams each.

CWS Betting Odds

Below are the odds to win the 2024 College World Series, provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

  • Tennessee (SEC ) +290
  • Texas A&M (SEC ) +330
  • Kentucky (SEC ) +500
  • North Carolina (ACC ) +600
  • Florida State (ACC ) +750
  • Virginia (ACC ) +900
  • North Carolina State (ACC )+1100
  • Florida (SEC ) +1200 

In each of these states except Texas, sports betting is legal. In fact, with 38 sports betting legal states and Washington, D.C. However, in some of the states with teams in the College World Series, restrictions are placed on some types of bets involving college sports.

For instance, proposition betting on all collegiate events is banned in Florida. In Tennessee and Virginia, in-game prop betting is banned on all collegiate events and athletes. In Virginia, betting is banned on in-state collegiate teams and prop betting on all collegiate events.

Opening Weekend Schedule

The College World Series takes place from Friday, June 14, to Thursday, June 20. The championship series is from Saturday, June 22, to Monday, June 24.

As USA Today notes in its CWS roundup, the eight teams are split into two double-elimination brackets. The winners of the first round games will move on to face each other, while the losers will meet in an elimination game.

The winners of each bracket meet in the CWS final. The final is a best-of-three series played over three days. The team winning two games is the national champion.

The following opening weekend schedule is provided by the DraftKings Network.

Bracket 1

Friday, June 14

Game 1: No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 12 Virginia, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2: No. 1 Tennessee vs. No. 8 Florida State, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Sunday, June 16

Game 5: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 6: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Bracket 2

Saturday, June 15

Game 3: No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 10 NC State, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4: No. 3 Texas A&M vs. Florida, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Monday, June 17

Game 7: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 8: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

SEC Poised To Bring Home Another Title

With four teams in the 2024 tournament, the SEC, also a strong football conference, is in position to bring home another CWS trophy.

Six of the last seven D1 College World Series champions have come from the SEC:

  • Florida (2017) SEC
  • Oregon State (2018) Pac-12
  • Vanderbilt (2019) SEC
  • Canceled due to Covid-19 (2020) SEC
  • Mississippi State (2021) SEC 
  • Ole Miss (2022) SEC 
  • LSU (2023) SEC

Fast Facts

Below are the D1 programs with the most CWS titles:

  • USC has won 12 Men's College World Series championships
  • LSU is alone in second with seven after winning the title in 2023
  • Texas follows with six
  • Arizona State has won five
  • Arizona, Cal State Fullerton and Miami (Fla.) are tied with four
  • Minnesota and Oregon State have each won three
  • Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Stanford, Oklahoma, Michigan and California have each won two

Source: NCAA.com

Expert Analysis

The following assessment is from Nick Simon of the DraftKings Network. 

This year’s CWS could be described as the SEC-ACC challenge with the entire field in Omaha being comprised of schools from those two leagues.

No. 1 Tennessee enters as the favorite after it put down Evansville in the Knoxville Super Regional this past weekend. Six other national seeds were able to make it through to Omaha, a list that includes No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 UNC, No. 8 Florida State, No. 10 NC State, and No. 12 Virginia.

The only outlier is Florida, who took advantage of sneaking into the tournament after posting a middling 28-27 record during the campaign.

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