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Road to the College Baseball World Series – Betting Preview of All 8 Super Regionals

| June 6, 2019 12:00 am PDT
College Baseball World Series Odds

We’re down to 16 teams vying for the 2019 College Baseball World Series, but we didn’t arrive here without any drama.

Oregon State had the best player in America and displayed tons of confidence throughout the year, yet the defending champs got shocked in the Corvallis Regional and were sent home early.

And if one team blowing an eight-run lead in an elimination game wasn’t enough, the way West Virginia lost to Texas A&M will make fans’ eyes in Morgantown well up with tears.

The bottom line is the 16 teams who are still alive didn’t get here without a little stress along the way. The College World Series odds have been released, although let’s not jump the gun and get ahead of ourselves.

Those interested in betting on college baseball right now, enjoy this post as I dive into each of the eight Super Regionals and preview the action.

Louisville vs. East Carolina – Louisville Super Regional

According to bookmakers across all of the best baseball betting sites, the Louisville Super Regional is the one that’s lined up to be the most closely-contested series.

Louisville-140
East Carolina+110

I’m curious as to how Louisville will handle the adversity that has been thrown their way. Michael McAvene was tossed after arguing balls and strikes with the home-plate umpire against Indiana last weekend, and the right-handed hurler will now miss at least the first two games against East Carolina. Seriously, all the dude did was say “that’s horrible” and turn his head, not to mention that it was a 3-2 count with two outs in the ninth inning.

Tyler Fitzgerald is dependable, and Wyatt Logan is one of the more disciplined batters you’ll encounter, but the Cardinals had just one player account for more than nine home runs during the season. What this means is that Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell is going to need big performances from his starting pitching if his team is going to move on.

After dropping the opening game of the Greenville Regional 5-4 to Quinnipiac, the Pirates demolished the opposition over the next three games by a combined total of 34-8. Jake Washer blasted four homers, and Alec Burleson stayed locked in at the plate. Throw in what Spencer Brickhouse and Bryant Packard bring to the table, and mix in some Turner Brown.

You’ll quickly realize that Louisville is going to have their hands full at Jim Patterson Stadium.

PICKEast Carolina+110

Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State – Lubbock Super Regional

Here we have a pair of Big 12 squads pitted against one another for the rights to advance to the College World Series. Even though Oklahoma State won the Big 12 Tournament title, they head to Lubbock as a fairly substantial underdog.

Texas Tech-275
Oklahoma State+215

The Cowboys need to forget about getting thumped by the Red Raiders the last time they were in Lubbock and focus on the here and now. For those who don’t remember, Texas Tech made things look easy when they took three games in succession off OK State toward the end of April, outscoring them by 19 runs in the process.

Trevor Boone has smashed 20 homers, and catcher Colin Simpson has launched 15, but I’m not sure Josh Holliday has enough depth from top to bottom to keep pace with Texas Tech. While the Cowboys enter this series hitting .269 as a team, the Red Raiders are sporting a .300 clip as a group.

Big 12 Co-Player of the Year Josh Jung (8th overall in the 2019 MLB Draft) is a total beast, but it’s actually first baseman Cameron Warren who led the team in batting average (.367), homers (17), and RBI (75). I’m not in love with the -275 number, but Texas Tech seemingly has too much firepower for the Pokes to get over the hump.

PICKTexas Tech-275

Vanderbilt vs. Duke – Nashville Super Regional

Is there a better team in all of college baseball than the Commodores? The bookies don’t think so, as they’ve installed Vanderbilt as the betting favorite to win the 2019 College World Series. After winning 52 of 62 games on the year and the Blue Devils accumulating just 34 wins, it’s no shocker to see such a massive discrepancy in the line.

Vanderbilt-1200
Duke+675

Vandy is led by outfielder J.J. Bleday, the nation’s leader in home runs. Bleday was selected 4th overall by the Marlins organization, but before he embarks on his MLB career, he wants to go out on the highest note possible. Fortunately for skipper Tim Corbin, Austin Martin and Julian Infante (Nashville Regional MVP) can also be relied on for big-time at-bats.

Speaking truthfully, Duke appears to be overmatched in this series, and they don’t have history on their side. The Blue Devils haven’t been to the College World Series since 1961, and they’re facing the toughest test they will have faced all season long.

Defeating the Commodores twice in three days is already a big ask. Trying to do it at Hawkins Field, where Vandy has gone 30-5 this year?

That seems like too tall of an order.

PICKVanderbilt-1200

UCLA vs. Michigan – Los Angeles Super Regional

It’s no surprise that UCLA enters the Los Angeles Regional as an overwhelming favorite in this best-of-three series vs. Michigan. Not only are the Bruins the top-ranked team in the land, but they didn’t lose a series the entire season.

The hang-up for bettors is that we’ll have to lay -600 if we think they’ll continue that impressive streak over the weekend.

UCLA-600
Michigan+425

In terms of making a case for the Wolverines, I’ll give it my best shot.

Big Ten Player of the Year Jordan Brewer might be the most complete hitter Erik Bakich has on his roster, but he’s not the only one who can wreak havoc at the plate. Jordan Nwogu hit .335 on the year and matched Brewer with a team-high 12 homers. Third baseman Blake Nelson is hitting .303 and is yet to be caught stealing (15-15).

The problem is UCLA boasts five hitters who hit over .300, and their .982 fielding percentage is the second-best mark in the nation. Karl Kauffmann and Tommy Henry are going to have to bring their best stuff if the team from Ann Arbor is going to have a chance, and the +425 price tag is rather enticing.

With so many variables in play, getting on board the Wolverines isn’t the worst idea. Nonetheless, the logical play is to back Michael Toglia and company to march on.

PICKUCLA-600

North Carolina vs. Auburn – Chapel Hill Super Regional

Don’t get this matchup confused with the one between Roy Williams and Bruce Pearl on March 29th during the 2019 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Auburn got the best of UNC in that one, despite the Tar Heels being favored to win the game.

Once again, the oddsmakers are pegging North Carolina to get past the Tigers. Only this time, the competition will play out on a baseball field.

North Carolina-155
Auburn+125

Auburn not only upset Georgia Tech in the Atlanta Regional, but they also beat the Yellow Jackets twice on consecutive days and cruised into Chapel Hill. One might think they can carry the positive momentum into their next series versus the Tar Heels, but I see a major disparity between the two offenses.

The Tigers have hit just 45 homers as a club, and no individual bats over .290. Flip the script and look across the field at the opposing dugout, and you’ll see a batting order that is much more potent.

ACC Freshman of the Year Aaron Sabato leads UNC in batting average (.341), homers (16), and RBI (58) and was awarded First-Team All-American honors. But North Carolina has four others who hit .290 or better. First baseman Michael Busch can absolutely rake.

Auburn got the better of North Carolina on the hardwood, but I suspect the Tigers return the favor on the diamond.

PICKNorth Carolina-155

Arkansas vs. Ole Miss – Fayetteville Super Regional

Arkansas blitzed through the Fayetteville Regional and now gets to stay home for the next round. The Razorbacks are just two wins away from heading back to Omaha for the second straight year. Standing in their way is a familiar foe from the SEC.

Here are the odds for their three-game series that’s set to get underway Saturday afternoon.

Arkansas-225
Ole Miss+180

Arkansas is loaded with balance throughout their order and doesn’t have to rely on just a single individual. Dave Van Horn has seen five players hit nine or more dingers and seven players pound out at least 40 runs batted in. Isaiah Campbell is a bonafide stud, but a guy like Patrick Wicklander could be a big contributor in the Super Regional as well.

I should point out that in the last three years, Arkansas has miraculously lost just two series at Baum-Walker Stadium. On that note, I must elaborate that both of those occasions came at the hands of Ole Miss.

The Rebels offense wasn’t just firing on all cylinders in Oxford during the last round; they completely obliterated the baseball. Ole Miss scored 41 runs in three games and was never challenged whatsoever.

Thomas Dillard swatted 13 long balls and drew more walks (58) than the number of times he struck out (50). Tyler Keenan sent 14 baseballs over the fence and also claimed more BBs than Ks. It’d be a nice story for Arkansas to get back to the CWS, but I’ll side with the Rebels, who are as hot as any team in the country.

PICKOle Miss+180

LSU vs. Florida State – Baton Rouge Super Regional

The Seminoles will be a popular pick to upset the Tigers in the Baton Rouge Super Regional, especially when you consider how dominant FSU looked against Georgia in the Athens Regional. As reflected in the pricing, bettors are rewarded with a handsome payoff should they correctly predict that Florida State advances.

LSU-160
Florida State+130

I get that the Seminoles lit up the Bulldogs 12-3 and 10-1 in the two games they played, but now Mike Martin and his club have to travel to one of the most hostile environments found anywhere in college baseball. In fact, playing at Alex Box Stadium is the central reason LSU finds themselves as the betting favorite in this matchup.

FSU infielders Drew Mendoza and Mike Salvatore are tough to put out, and Reese Albert and Robby Martin are legitimate hitters. Tim Becker came into Athens with no homers on the year, yet the left fielder left with three.

But I’m a bit wary to think that the Seminoles can continue their tear once they arrive in Baton Rouge.

It’s a little scary that Paul Mainieri’s top two starters were playing high school baseball just 12 months ago, but having the home crowd behind them should be a major boost. The Tigers have some big bats littered across their lineup, but I look at right fielder Antoine Duplantis as the glue that brings everything together.

Take the home team in this one.

PICKLSU-160

Mississippi State vs. Stanford – Starkville Super Regional

Mississippi State standout JT Ginn was just named as Co-National Freshman Pitcher of the Year. Unfortunately, his availability this weekend is murky at best after leaving last Friday’s game with an undisclosed injury.

Despite the uncertainty, the Bulldogs still open as a considerable favorite against the Cardinal.

Mississippi State-250
Stanford+200

Stanford had to bounce back in Palo Alto after dropping its second game to Fresno State. They wound up beating Sacramento State and Fresno State twice apiece to keep their dream alive, but now things will get even tougher.

Brandon Wulff and Andrew Daschbach are major home run threats, and catcher Maverick Handley belted a pair of jacks in the last game against the Bulldogs. Stanford now has to travel some 2,300 miles east to Starkville to face another set of “Bulldogs.”

In his first season at the helm, Chris Lemonis has these Bulldogs ready to make a run at the CWS title.

Ethan Small is as good of a southpaw as Stanford has seen all year, and Jake Mangum hits .357. Tanner Allen has amassed a .350 BA on this season, and infielder Justin Foscue clocks in at .340. Dustin Skelton hit .308 and recorded double-digit homers, and shortstop Jordan Westburg tied the NCAA College World Series record last year with seven RBI in a single game.

I think by now you can trust that Mississippi State is going to show up to Dudy Noble Field on Saturday and be ready to play.

PICKMississippi State-250

Stay Tuned for More

I’ll be releasing a College World Series betting preview once the Super Regionals have been decided. Once we trim the field in half from 16 to 8, we’ll have a much better idea who might end up as the last team standing.

Those of you who don’t want to wait until next week to get your college baseball betting fix in can fire away on these eight matchups. You might just end up with some extra spending money heading into Father’s Day.

Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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