With the World Cup beginning, the NBA Finals and NHL finals underway, some sports bettors might forget that there is also a College World Series starting, which offers a number of good betting opportunities.
The favorite of the tournament is Virginia and they are currently sitting on 7 to 2 on Bovada and topbet. The tournament starts on Saturday with just eight of the original 64 teams left to battle it out.
Just two of eight national seeds were able to advance to the World Series including Virginia the No. 3 and TCU at No. 7.
Virginia is favored to win, but TCU are the sixth highest odds currently on betonline and sportsbook.com at 8 to 1, which for many bettors offers great value.
The Horned Frogs led the nation this season with a team ERA of just 2.19 and are 5-1 in their 6 tournament games thus far. Prior to the tournament, they won 4 straight games in the Big-12 postseason tournament.
TCU is 11-1 over its past 12 games overall, with the only loss last Sunday against Pepperdine in a super regional. In the past 12 games, TCU has allowed just 2 runs on average per game against the country’s elite teams.
Oregon State, which was top seeded and Florida did not make it to the finals. Parity is the rule today and not the exception in college baseball. This is due to limitations on scholarships and a bat that is weaker that was put into play in 2011.
Those two have helped to turn college baseball into a game dominated by the pitchers with a wide range of schools competing at the highest level.
Out of the top-25 teams in team ERA, 7 are represented in the World Series. The only team not in the top-25 is Texas Tech at No. 42 but with an earned of just 3.17.
In contrast, only 3 of the top-50 teams in hitting are in the World Series. The nation’s No. 2 team in hitting, LA-Lafayette with a team average of .317 were eliminated. The only team left in the tournament with a team average over .300 is Ole Miss with a .303 average.
Texas is one of three teams from the Big-12 in the elite eight. It is the 35th time Texas has been to Omaha for the World Series.
On the other hand, it is the first time that Texas Tech has reached this point and UC Irvine, TCU and Vanderbilt are all making their second trip.
Virginia and Louisville are making their third trip and Mississippi its fifth, but first in 42 years.
The opening game features Texas as a favorite -160 against UC Irvine. On Saturday night, the game features Vanderbilt at -150 against Louisville.
Sunday games feature TCU at -175 against Texas Tech and Virginia at -175 against Mississippi.
2014 College World Series Current Odds
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS 7 to 2
VANDERBILT COMMODORES 9 to 2
TEXAS LONGHORNS 5 to 1
LOUISVILLE CARDINALS 5 to 1
MISSISSIPPI REBELS 6 to 1
TCU HORNED FROGS 8 to 1
UC IRVINE ANTEATERS 10 to 1
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS 15 to 1