College Baseball Opening Day: Favorites & Longshots In 2024 College World Series Odds

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Written By Brett Gibbons | Last Updated
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It’s 32 degrees outside here in my home state of Ohio, which obviously means it’s time to celebrate college baseball opening day! It’s time to fire up those ESPN+ accounts – the 2024 NCAA Baseball season is upon us! Friday marks the start of a four-month battle, where over 300 D-I Baseball teams compete for eight coveted spots in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. While the sport is top-heavy, dominated mostly by the SEC, each year, a couple of Cinderella stories captivate the nation. Let’s dive into 2024 College World Series odds and speculate on who this year’s darling might be.

Last year, Oral Roberts punched their ticket to the CWS and even won a couple of games. In 2016, Coastal Carolina won the whole thing. 2008 marked one of the biggest shocks in NCAA Baseball history when Fresno State won a national championship.

College baseball Opening Day: World Series Favorites

We’ve compiled CWS odds for teams priced at 10-1 or shorter from the best sports betting sites below. Click on odds anywhere to place a bet. Find the full rundown of CWS futures at the bottom of this article.

SEC Reigns Supreme

Unlike college football and NCAA basketball, there’s not much room for debate when it comes to the dominant league in collegiate baseball. The SEC is the consistently most loaded conference, with 14 teams fully capable of making runs to Omaha each year. The 2023 final was made up of two SEC teams (Florida and LSU), while an SEC program has captured five of the last six championships (and four straight).

This year, odds boards are crowded with SEC talent. Defending champion LSU (+800) and runner-up Florida (+1100) headline the group. Four more SEC teams – Arkansas (+1100), Vanderbilt (+1600), Tennessee (+1900), and Texas A&M (+2100) – crowd the second tier.

A couple of teams do break up the noise, however. National semifinalist Wake Forest (+750) tops the odds boards thanks to a nasty returning bunch. They added Tennessee flamethrower Chase Burns in the transfer portal and returned two top MLB prospects, Nick Kurtz and Josh Hartle. TCU (+2000) was a unanimous top-six preseason team thanks to a strong and young core, a solid transfer class, and having made a run to Omaha last season.

However, the geographic constraints of college baseball remain. Of the 25 teams with the shortest odds, only Oregon State (+2500) and Oregon (+7000) are north of Virginia.

College Baseball Opening Day: Darkhorses To Consider

Regarding betting odds to win the College World Series, the first goal is to get your team there. By June, lineups will have moved around, and anything can happen in Omaha. Auburn (+6000) is a team that consistently outperforms expectations. Despite being out-talented (on paper), the Tigers made the field of eight in 2019 and 2022. Their in-state rival, Alabama (+5000) turned a lot over in response to a betting scandal, but still has a very strong balance of elite pitching and power at the plate.

Duke (+7000) made a nice jump last season but came up short of the CWS, losing to Virginia in the Supers. The Blue Devils return potentially the nation’s deepest bullpen. That unit propelled Duke throughout the postseason. In June, pitching depth trumps all. However, Duke lost most of its hitting production from a season ago. In response, they rebuilt the entire infield with experienced transfers.

Where Can I Bet On College Baseball Opening Day Odds?

Most major sportsbooks offer College World Series odds, along with odds for individual games. DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and BetMGM Sportsbook were used in this article for odds. Some books offer game lines, particularly DraftKings and FanDuel. However, these might be state-restricted and may not appear for everybody. As the NCAA Tournament kicks into gear, more run lines and money lines will become available.

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How Does The College World Series Work?

Sixty-four teams make the NCAA Tournament. Those 64 teams are broken up into 16 Regional brackets, hosted by the top-16 seeds in the nation (determined by the NCAA). The four-team pods play a round-robin style tournament over an extended weekend and the winner from the Regional advances to the Super Regional.

The Super Regionals are a best-of-three series for the 16 teams that advance. The winner of the Super Regional series advances to the final eight and the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The final eight teams are broken up into two brackets, where they play a double-elimination tournament over the course of a week. The two bracket winners then play a best-of-three championship series.

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