The 2016 College World Series (CWS) began on Friday, June 3, 2016 with a 64-team field. Thirty-one conference champions were awarded an automatic bid while another thirty-three teams were selected at-large by the selection committee. Teams were divided into sixteen regional groups in this double-elimination tournament. After one week of play, the field has been whittled down from 64 to 16 teams.
Before the start of the season, Florida (+500) was listed as the favorite to the national championship, followed by Louisville (+800), Vanderbilt (+1000), Texas A&M (+1200) and Miami (+1400). Although Vandy was eliminated in the Round of 64, the remaining preseason favorites still have the best odds to win it all.
The table below compares the current and preseason college baseball world series odds at 5Dimes. It will be updated as the tournament progresses and new information becomes available.
|School||Current (6/9)||Preseason (2/10)|
|UC Santa Barbara||+6600||+15000|
After going just 31-24 last season, Texas Tech has gone 41-16 during the 2016 season including a 19-5 record in Big 12 games. Ranked fifth in the most recent coaches’ poll, the Red Raiders odds of winning the national championship have soared from 70/1 to 10/1 since the preseason.
Another fascinating story involves my alma mater, Boston College. The Eagles have never been known for their baseball program and had not posted a winning record since 2010 when they went 30-28. Despite posting a losing record (13-15) in conference play, the Eagles managed a 34-20 record on the season and earned a berth in the College World Series.
After two surprising victories in the Regionals, the Eagles find themselves facing Miami in the Super Regional. Boston College has the second-worst odds of winning the tournament at 50/1 and they’re the only remaining team that wasn’t listed as an option during the preseason.
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