LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – The latest odds are out for the 2014 NCAA College Baseball World Series and right now there are co-favorites.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Virginia and Vanderbilt are both 3/1 co-favorites, respectively, to win the 2014 NCAA College Baseball World Series. Texas has the next-best odds at 4/1 while Mississippi and TCU are 6/1, respectively. UC Irvine, meanwhile, is 7/1, while Louisville is 8/1 and Texas Tech is 12/1, making them the biggest long shot to win it all.
UCLA beat Mississippi State in last year’s CWS while Arizona topped South Carolina in 2012. Speaking of the Gamecocks, they won back-to-back CWS titles in 2011 and 2010 under coach Ray Tanner, beating UCLA and Florida, respectively. The last team to win back-to-back championships prior to South Carolina was Oregon State, who won in 2006 and 2007.
Texas has the most CWS appearances with 35, winning in 1949, 1950, 1975, 1983, 2002 and 2005. Miami has the second-most appearances at 23, winning in 1982, 1985, 1999 and 2001. USC has the most titles, winning 12 over the span of almost seven decades. That said, their last title came back in 1998 and their last appearance was 2001.
Vandy has only made two appearances in the CWS, but they both came recently in 2011 and 2014. Virginia is similar in that fashion, making appearances in 2009, 2011 and the current year of 2014. As for TCU, this is only the second time the Horned Frogs have made a CWS appearance, with their first appearance coming back in 2010.