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SEC Teams Tennessee, Texas A&M Favored to Win College World Series

Sorry Big 12 and Big Ten, but the 2024 Men’s College World Series will be an ACC and SEC affair with four teams each from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southeastern Conference making the eight-team field.

The 2024 NCAA World Series Odds have three SEC teams with the best chance of winning it all when the College World Series gets underway this weekend in Omaha, Neb.

SEC Teams Tennessee, Texas A&M Favored to Win College World Series
Griffin Merritt #10 of the Tennessee Volunteers/ Eakin Howard/Getty Images/AFP

No. 5 Arkansas was one of the six seeded teams to stumble in the regionals. Most of the upsets stopped there with Florida being the only unseeded team to reach the College World Series.

Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas A&M and North Carolina are the top four seeds in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament and will be teams to watch.

Tennessee is the current betting favorite according to the sportsbook odds at +275 followed by Texas A&M at +300.

 


The NCAA World Series bracket begins on Friday at 2 p.m. ET when North Carolina meets Virginia, followed by Tennessee’s game against Florida State. The College World Series will end on either June 23 or 24.

 

Tennessee Volunteers (+275 to Win CWS)

There were a few eyebrows raised when the No. 1 overall national seed Tennessee suffered its first loss in the 2024 NCAA tournament as Evansville evened the Super Regionals with a win in Game 2.

Any thoughts of a stunning upset in the winner-take-all Game 3 ended when Tennessee scored 12 times in the first five innings en route to the 12-1 win. That one loss did little to keep Tennessee from being one of the favorites according to the 2024 NCAA World Series odds.

Blake Burke had four hits while Billy Amick and Cal Stark had three RBIs each for Tennessee.

Christian Moore leads the Volunteers with 32 home runs and 71 RBIs while Burke had a .376 average with 19 home runs, 56 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.

Tennessee has eight players with at least 10 home runs. AJ Causey, Drew Beam and Nate Snead are a combined 30-7 to lead the pitching staff. The track record of No. 1 overall seeds winning the College World Series title is not a good one, but the NCAA baseball odds still favor Tennessee to win it all.

 

 

Texas A&M Aggies (+300)

The Aggies are 5-0 in the NCAA tournament as they as they go after the program’s first national title.

Seven starters have slugging percentages over .500. Braden Montgomery leads the way with 27 home runs and 85 RBIs while Jace LaViolette has 28 home runs and 77 RBIs.

Pitching depth should not be a problem considering that five different pitchers have at least five wins, with Ryan Prager and Chris Cortez a combined 17-4.

 

Kentucky Wildcats (+500)

What a ride it has been with the Wildcats reaching the College World Series for the first time.

After being pushed by Western Michigan in the first game at the regionals, Kentucky outscored the next two opponents 11-1 and then won twice in the Super Regionals against Oregon State.

Ryan Nicholson (21 home runs, 61 RBIs) and Ryan Waldschmidt (14 home runs, 46 RBIs) provide the power. Waldschmidt is one of three Kentucky players with at least 19 stolen bases.

Five relievers with at least 10 innings pitched average more than a strikeout per inning, led by closer Johnny Hummel. Trey Pooser (7-1, 3.46 ERA) leads the starting pitchers.

 

 

North Carolina Tar Heels (+700)

North Carolina had to go through the reigning national champions to get to Omaha.

LSU forced a final game in the Chapel Hill Regional, with the Tar Heels winning 4-3 in 10 innings. No. 9 hitter Colby Wilkerson’s RBI single in the ninth inning tied the game while No. 8 hitter Alex Madera came through with the game-winning hit in the 10th inning. West Virginia challenged the Tar Heels in both games in the Super Regional.

Parks Harber is one of seven North Carolina starters batting over .300. He also leads the team with 20 home runs. Casey Cook is hitting .339 with 18 home runs and 76 RBIs while Vance Honeycutt (85 runs, 28 stolen bases) and Anthony Donofrio (.338 average, 19 stolen bases) are the top base-stealing threats.

Matthew Matthjis has won 12 games out of the bullpen, Dalton Pierce is an elite closer and Jason Decaro and Shea Sprague are a combined 9-2.

 

Florida State Seminoles (+850)

FSU is another team yet to taste defeat in this year’s NCAA tournament as the Seminoles, a three-time CWS finalist, look to take the final step.

The Seminoles made quite the statement in the Super Regionals, beating UConn 24-4 in the opener before winning in extra innings to head to Omaha. The CWS odds have seen Florida State’s odds to win it all move from +1800 to +850.

James Tibbs (.374, 28 home runs, 94 RBIs) and Cam Smith (.402, 79 runs) both have on-base percentages approaching .500.

Jamie Arnold (11-3, 2.77 ERA, 155 strikeouts) has next-level stuff to lead the pitching staff.

 

 

Virginia Cavaliers (+1000)

Virginia has a hitter’s chance with a .336 team batting average.

Jacob Ference and Henry Ford lead the way with 17 home runs each.

A lack of pitching depth could be a concern as nine of the 16 pitchers with at least 10 innings pitched have ERAs over 4.50. Evan Blanco is the clear No. 1 pitcher but, after him, there are some questions for the Cavaliers.

 

 

North Carolina State (+1100)

Garrett Pennington, Alec Makarewicz, Eli Serrano and Alex Sosa all homered as North Carolina State topped Georgia to earn the final spot in the College World Series.

Makarewicz leads the Wolfpack with 22 home runs and 80 RBIs. Jacob Cozart has 19 home runs and 53 RBIs while Pennington has 18 home runs and 65 RBIs.

Sam Highfill leads NC State with seven wins and 75 strikeouts while Derrick Smith picked up his eighth save of the season by pitching the final three innings in Monday’s win.

 

 

Florida Gators (+1400)

When Florida lost its opener in the SEC tournament to Vanderbilt, there was some talk that the Gators might not deserve an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament despite nine wins over top-10 teams during the regular season.

The Gators won three elimination games – two against the host Oklahoma State team – to win the Stillwater Regional and then won a pair of slugfests in the Super Regionals against Clemson.

Jac Caglianone can do it all as he has a .411 batting average with 33 home runs and 68 RBIs to go with five wins as a pitcher. Caglianone could be a top-five pick in the 2024 MLB Draft, but MLB.com draft experts had his chance of going No. 1 overall to Cleveland at 10% or lower.

Florida has 131 home runs but a 6.16 team ERA could make it tough for the Gators to advance in Omaha.

 

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

Questions Of The Day

Which team won the 2023 College World Series championship?


LSU, led by current Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Paul Skenes, topped Florida in an all-SEC championship series in 2023.

Which team has won the most College World Series titles?


Southern California has captured a record 12 College World Series championships with 11 of those titles coming before 1980. Florida and Virginia are the only teams in this year’s field with previous College World Series titles.

 

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