After a year away for the reason you already know, the College World Series returns to Omaha. This is always a special event for lovers of pure baseball and should be on anyone’s sports junkie’s bucket list.
In Omaha, Nebraska, they welcome eight college baseball teams and one who will be crowned the champion. The storylines are plentiful and among them, will be an appearance of Peyton Manning supporting his alma mater, Tennessee, who is playing and he can hear him say where they are playing with distinction, “Omaha”.
N.C. State is the Cinderella of the group having knocked off No. 1 Arkansas in Fayetteville to advance. The Razorbacks never lost a weekend series, going 16-0 and they opened last week’s Super Regional slamming the Wolfpack 21-2 before dropping the next two contests.
Here are the latest betting odds from BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) for who is favored to the title and the chances of the others. For our breakdown of the teams, we’ll provide the opening weekend matchups and discuss each team.
|College Baseball World Series Title Odds at BetOnline|
|Mississippi State +675|
|NC State +1000|
N.C. State vs. No. 9 Stanford
Saturday, June 19, 2021 – 02:00 PM EDT at TD Ameritrade Park
N.C. State comes in wearing the slipper, but their confidence has to be sky-high after knocking off Arkansas. The Wolfpack has a solid lineup and while their pitching doesn’t look great by the numbers, they have improved remarkably since the postseason started. The Pack has four players batting over .300, with six having double-digit home runs.
Stanford obliterated Texas Tech in the super regional with two wins by a combined score of 24-3, both on the road. The Cardinal can also swing the lumber, led by doing everything center fielder Brock Jones. Brendan Beck is their ace hurler (2.96 ERA) and overall Stanford has more pitching depth. Good game that Stanford wins.
No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 4 Vanderbilt
Saturday, June 19, 2021 – 07:00 PM EDT at TD Ameritrade Park
Vanderbilt is back to defend the title they won in 2019 and has two familiar faces in pitchers, Kumar Rocker (NFL father Tracy) and Jack Leiter (MLB uncle Al), who can completely dominate. They’re the consensus top college pitching prospects in the 2021 MLB Draft. The Commodores play the game the old school way putting pressure on opponents by stealing bases and moving runners as part of a potent offense.
Arizona was Pac-12’s regular-season champion and has had one of the nation’s best offenses this season. The Wildcats .327 batting average ranks fifth among Division I teams and the 526 runs scored was the best. Arizona has two winning streaks of at least nine games. The Wildcats starting pitching is not strong, but there is a host of arms in the bullpen with ERA’s under 3.00. Another super matchup for baseball picks, but we have to back Vandy at sport betting websites.
Virginia vs. No. 3 Tennessee
Sunday, June 20, 2021 – 02:00 PM EDT at TD Ameritrade Park
Few thought that Virginia would reach this point after they were 11-14 in March. However, this team gelled and could not be put away in the regional and Super Regional and here they are. This is far from a flashy squad, but two players to watch are starting pitcher Andrew Abbott and outfielder Kyle Teel. Abbott gives them a chance to win.
Tennessee is back in Omaha for the first time since 2005 and they come ready. The Vols are unbeaten in the postseason and play with the confidence of a team that knows it’s good. With Arkansas out (who they lost to in the SEC tournament), Tennessee’s batting order features table-setters (Liam Spence and Pete Derkay) and boppers (Jordan Beck and Luc Lipcius) who can go deep. The pitching staff was 2nd in D-1 in strikeout-to-walk ratio and doesn’t beat itself. Tennessee big in this one for your best bets.
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 7 Mississippi State
Sunday, June 20, 2021 – 07:00 PM EDT at TD Ameritrade Park
Texas has won the CWS six times which is tied for 2nd-most with LSU. The Longhorns feature domineering pitching with Ty Madden at the helm and collectively they had an ERA under 3.00, the best in D-1. The Horns have four batters in the everyday lineup that are batting over .300 and this club can score in bunches.
Mississippi State was up and down at the end of the regular season and then their offense caught fire. The Bulldogs hammered a very good Notre Dame team in the Super Regional, scoring 9 and 11 runs in their victories. Mississippi State’s offense can hang a lot of crooked numbers on the scoreboard. Prefer Texas pitching in this one.
Pick to Win Championship
In the upper bracket, it’s either Arizona or Vanderbilt. The Wildcats offense fits the Omaha park perfectly, however, still prefer Vandy’s pitching.
In the bottom bracket a similar hard pick between Tennessee and Texas and we’ll side with the Horns.
In Vandy vs. the Longhorns, it’s the Commodores who are the first back-to-back champions since South Carolina (2010-11).
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.