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The 2019 College World Series is set to begin June 15, and we're finally down the final 16 teams contending for a spot in Omaha this year. Vanderbilt opened as a +350 favorite to win the tournament, with UCLA (+450) right behind them, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Last year's World Series' runner-up, the Arkansas Razorbacks, have the third-best title odds at +550. One notable name not listed on the odds to win it all this year are the defending champion Oregon State Beavers, as they did not qualify the tournament this season.
Given their 45-10 record in the regular season, the Commodores seem to fit the bill as this year's betting favorite. Vanderbilt has been even more impressive in the postseason, going 4-0 in the SEC tournament, and following that up with a 3-0 record in the Nashville Regionals.
However, UCLA and the Bruins' 47-8 regular-season record was even more impressive than Vanderbilt's overall feat by the numbers. The Bruins have a star-studded lineup that recently tied a program record for most players selected in a single MLB Draft (13).
While UCLA and Vanderbilt might have the best shots at adding to their schools' impressive baseball résumés, that doesn't mean there isn't value in some of the long shots.
It doesn't take a miracle to beat a team twice in a row, and Auburn represents an interesting dark horse candidate at +2200 odds to win it all. The Tigers had two starting pitchers named to preseason All-American teams, which is significant in a tournament format that rewards back-to-back wins with an advancement. Additionally, Auburn has played phenomenally as of late, going a perfect 3-0 in their regionals with a 4.7 run average margin of victory.
While Vanderbilt and UCLA seem like deserving favorites, do not be surprised if a team like Auburn comes from the back of the pack to take home the College World Series.
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