NCAA Baseball: Vanderbilt is the favorite to win College World Series

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  • NCAA Super Regionals: June 7-10 at selected sites
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2019 College World Series

Six teams from the powerful Southeastern Conference and four more from the Atlantic Coast Conference comprise 10 of the 16 schools with hopes of winning the 2019 College World Series.

Before the World Series gets started in Omaha, Nebraska, June 15 there are the Super Regionals this weekend. The eight winners of these best-of-three affairs will advance for a shot at the big prize.

Here’s a look at each of the eight Super Regionals, with each teams odds, courtesy of Action Network, to win the World Series.

Duke (50-1) at Vanderbilt (4-1): The SEC champion Commodores (56-10) have been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 nationally all year and are heavy favorites to knock off the Blue Devils (34-25). And they should.

Mississippi (15-1) at Arkansas (5-1): This is a battle between two teams from the SEC. Mississippi (40-25) won two of three games from the Razorbacks (44-17) earlier this season. Arkansas, which lost in the World Series final a year ago in heartbreaking fashion, will look to get back there this year.

Oklahoma State (20-1) at Texas Tech (12-1): Another inter-conference battle, this one from the Big 12. Texas Tech (42-17) swept all three games from the Cowboys (59-19) during the regular season. But this one could be an upset.

Auburn (30-1) at North Carolina (15-1): The Tar Heels (45-17) stumbled a bit at the end of the regular season, but regrouped to win the ACC Tournament and breezed through their regional. Auburn (36-25) won’t get in the way of UNC’s second straight trip to Omaha.

Stanford (20-1) at Mississippi State (6-1): Mississippi State (49-13) is loaded and the SEC team should coast past Stanford (45-12) and into the CWS.

Florida State (25-1) at Louisiana State (10-1): Florida State coach Mike Martin, the winningest coach in college history, is retiring. What better way to go out then with a trip to the World Series.

East Carolina (20-1) at Louisville (12-1): This has the makings of an upset. East Carolina (48-16) is underrated. Louisville (47-16) disappointed in the ACC Tournament and struggled to get through its region.

Michigan (50-1) at UCLA (5-1): What looks like the biggest mismatch of the eight pairings just might be that. UCLA (51-9) should roll.

Photo by Ben Hershey

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