With the NCAA College World Series on the near horizon, baseball betting players are watching conference baseball tournaments this week, eyeing teams that have a shot to win the national championship.
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According to bookmaker John Shaw, the projected Top 8 national title seeds going into this week are:
- Virginia Tech
- Oregon State
- Texas A&M
Shaw is sportsbook supervisor at Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana. His projections differ slightly from the current Top 8 in the Division I college baseball standings posted at ncaa.com:
- Tennessee (49-7)
- Virginia Tech (40-11)
- Stanford (37-14)
- Oregon State (41-13)
- Texas A&M (35-17)
- Miami (39-16)
- Louisville (38-16-1)
- Texas Tech (36-18)
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The Tennessee Volunteers are the favorite to win the 2022 College World Series, Shaw said. The World Series begins June 17 at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska.
“Tennessee is playing the best baseball of the season,” Shaw told Gambling.com. “They have been on an absolute roll.”
The Vols finished the season on the road with a three-game sweep at Mississippi State, including a 27-2 win on May 19.
Mississippi State won the national title last year, defeating SEC foe Vanderbilt in the final game.
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Teams That Could Win It All
One team to be wary of in the national title hunt this year is Texas A&M, Shaw said.
“They come in with 15-9 record versus Top 50 teams, but the majority of their losses this season have come on Game 2 of a three-game series,” he said.
Two long shot possibilities to capture the national title next month are UCLA and Texas, Shaw said.
UCLA has a 12-4 record versus Top 50 teams and is coming off a series win over Oregon State, he said.
Texas was the preseason No. 1 “and has come out of their midseason slump,” winning 13 of their last 18, Shaw said. Texas also beat Tennessee 7-2 on March 4 in Houston.
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National Title Odds
With conference tournaments underway, odds on being posted on which teams could end up as this year’s national champion.
Below are odds from PointsBet Sportsbook:
- Tennessee +300
- Oregon State +800
- Oklahoma State +1200
- Arkansas +1500
- Stanford +1800
- Virginia Tech +2000
- Texas Tech +2200
- Texas +2500
- Vanderbilt +2500
- Virginia +2500
- Miami +2500
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World Series Schedule
The Division I college baseball tournament bracket will be released Monday.
Of the 64 teams in the tournament, automatic bids will go to 31. The other 33 teams will receive at-large bids from the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.
Below is the 2022 College World Series schedule, as posted at ncaa.com:
- Selection show: Noon ET on Monday, May 30, on ESPN2
- Regionals: Friday, June 3, through Monday, June 6
- Super Regionals: Friday, June 10, through Monday, June 13
- CWS opening celebration day: Thursday, June 16
- First day of CWS games: Friday, June 17
- CWS Finals: Start Saturday, June 25, (best of 3)
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