The College World Series field is set, as the last eight teams face off in a double-elimination tournament to claim stake to the national title. The Florida Gators are the defending champions and have made it back to Omaha. Florida entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed and will be the team to beat for the title.
The Gators will begin their College World Series trek with a matchup against the No. 9 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders. Florida made it here by knocking off Auburn in the do-or-die Game 3 of a thrilling Super Regionals. Texas Tech defeated beat Duke in the Super Regions to advance to its third College World Series in five years.
The other half of the top bracket features the No. 5 seed Arkansas Razorbacks against the No. 13 seed Texas Longhorns. Arkansas made it to the College World Series by cruising past South Carolina in the Super Regionals, while Texas made it here by beating small-college foe Tennessee Tech in their Super Regional matchup.
The team to beat on the other side is the No. 3 seed Oregon State Beavers, who are one of the most decorated programs in the country. Oregon State will open up against No. 6 seed North Carolina after sweeping Minnesota in the Super Regional, while the Tar Heels got here by knocking off Stetson.
The other first round matchup features the unseeded Mississippi State Bulldogs against the unseeded Washington Huskies in a showdown between a pair of Cinderellas. Mississippi State beat Vanderbilt in extra innings to claim its Super Regionals win, making it to the College World Series for the first time since 2015. Washington won a thriller against Cal State Fullerton in the Super Regionals to make it here.
The College World Series will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The College World Series will be held from June 16-27, 2018.
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The odds have yet to be released, but check back soon to see how the teams stack up according to the oddsmakers’ projections. Florida has to be among the favorites after last year’s title and a 47-19 regular season.
Florida has made it to four straight College World Series, which is no small feat even considering how unpredictable the game of baseball can be. The Gators would love to become back-to-back champs but there is a tough field of contenders aiming to knock them off.
Oregon State figures to be among the main contenders and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see these two teams face off in the championship game since they are on the opposite sides of the CWS bracket. However, it’s more likely than not that one of the teams gets knocked off early by one of the other three teams.
Arkansas and North Carolina are the next highest seeds and they hope to make it to the College World Series finals. The two teams that advance from their sides of the bracket then face off in a three-game series to decide the national championship.
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Oregon State was the favorite a year ago but fell short when it got to the College World Series. That won’t be the case this time around. The Beavers only have one other national seed on their side of the bracket and should be able to take control of the bracket as long as they knock off North Carolina in the opener.
Florida might have the most talented team in the field but a repeat championship is not going to happen. Arkansas is the pick to make the final series where it will lose to Oregon State. Take the Beavers to claim the College World Series title in NCAA baseball gambling.
College World Series ATS Pick: Oregon State over Arkansas to win the national championship
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