The College World Series is taking place in a few days, with each of the eight teams competing for the national championship. There are a lot of things to look at as the betting odds a lot of these programs have are very similar to each other.

What should we look at in each program, and what has brought them this far? Let’s take a look at each team and look at what brought them to Omaha, Nebraska.

Smashing College World Series teams

TCU horned frogs

It’s not about being the best team all season, it’s just during the postseason, and TCU has been dominating rookie pitcher Kole Klecker this year.

Brayden Taylor has been a powerhouse at the plate as he hit 23 home runs during the season to become the program’s all-time hitter. Their offense has been on a tear all through the postseason and could stay hot during their stint in the College World Series.

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles

It’s hard to call a 50-win team a “Cinderella story,” but that’s exactly what the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles stand for as they head to the College World Series.

They showed the ability to thrill as they pulled off the nation’s longest winning streak at 21 games this year before losing to Oregon in their super regional. They had the easiest route facing the weakest regional and regional teams according to RPI, but you can only play who’s in front of you, and the Golden Eagles hope to continue the magic.

Florida Gators

Florida, the second seed in the NCAA tournament, reached the College World Series on the backs of their staff. With Hortson Waldrip and Brandon Sprott leading the way as well as a solid bullpen, they were able to do well. They also have five different hitters hit at least 10, including one of the best power hitters in the country in first baseman Jack Caglianone.

Virginia Cavaliers

Virginia was a stark contrast to the Florida Gators as the Cavaliers focused on an amazing and productive lineup to book their ticket to Omaha. They have eight different hitters in the batting order hitting at least . 300 with five eclipsing . 350, so runners will be on base frequently.

They also have a lot of experience getting this far because this is the second College World Series in three years.

College World Series Favorites: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

There’s a reason Wake Forest Demon Deacons are favorites to win the College World Series.

They have an excellent cast with Rhett Lowder, Josh Hartie, and Sean Sullivan completely dominating the opposing lineup. The lineup has also been great with Nick Kurtz and Brock Wilken both hitting 20+ home runs this season. There is no weakness in this team, and Wake dominated the 59-point margin during the Grand Regional Tour.

Stanford Cardinal

The luck was with the Stanford Cardinals because they were a spinoff who lost in the spotlight far from being eliminated in the Super Regional round by the Texas Longhorns. The Cardinals have now made the College World Series four straight seasons and have done their job in tougher brackets. Maybe luck will continue, and we’ll see Stanford in the finals.

LSU Tigers

It’s hard to have an overall dominant team, but the LSU Tigers have figured out how to do it.

They struggled enjoying the postseason, going 3-3 in their last six regular season games, but Paul Schenes was putting in an incredibly good performance. Center fielder Dylan Crews has been absolutely stunning as the leadoff hitter, while Tommy White has 20 home runs to lead runners from the middle of the lineup. They are definitely going to be tough.

Tennessee Volunteers

The Tennessee Volunteers were a preseason favorite to win the College World Series and started playing some baseball for the season. Chase Burnes has been amazing on the mound as a flamethrower and could be the difference in Tennessee surviving a tough class to reach the finals.

Edited by Josef Schiefelbein


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