Wilson: College World Series Betting Preview and Projected Odds for Each Game


Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Ethan Small

Jun 18, 2019, 11:15 AM EDT

Welcome to Omaha!

Saturday, eight Power 5 schools will descend on Omaha for one of the best events in sports, the College World Series.

Michigan and Florida State were a “Last Four In” selection, making the tournament with an RPI of 39 and 50th overall before pulling off upsets in the Regionals and Super Regionals. The SEC will stand strong with Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Auburn. Louisville and Texas Tech round out the field.

The College World Series is broken into two separate brackets, each being decided in a double-elimination format. Bracket 1 features Texas Tech, Michigan, Arkansas and Florida State. Bracket 2 will have Vanderbilt, Louisville, Mississippi State and Auburn. The winners of the two brackets meet in the finals.

There is a stark contrast in the RPI rankings of each bracket. Bracket 1 has RPI ranks of 6, 11, 39 and 50. Bracket 2 is populated with teams with an RPI rank of 1, 4, 9 and 19. Of the four SEC teams, Arkansas will not play any of its conference rivalries until the championship game.

Odds to Win the College World Series

Odds via Westgate as of June 12

  • Vanderbilt 3-1
  • Arkansas 3-1
  • Mississippi State 4-1
  • Texas Tech 8-1
  • Louisville 8-1
  • Auburn 10-1
  • Florida State 10-1
  • Michigan 12-1

Projected Lines for College World Series Pitching Matchups

Below are Collin’s projected odds for projected starters in the opening round and all combinations thereafter.

Below that, he previews each bracket’s opening game and possible next matchups.

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