College World Series odds 2024: Wake Forest opens as betting favorite ahead of LSU

It may seem unbelievable when you think about it, but it is almost time for the 2024 college baseball season to get underway (Feb. 16). Last season’s champion, LSU, is among the top contenders. However, another team opened as the betting favorite — Wake Forest.

Let’s take a look at the odds for some of the top contenders, along with a few picks and predictions.

Odds of winning 2024 College World Series

The following is a partial list of the College World Series odds as posted by DraftKings, BetRivers and Caesars:

  • Wake Forest +700 (DraftKings)
  • LSU +750 (DraftKings)
  • Florida +900 (DraftKings)
  • Arkansas +1000 (DraftKings)
  • Vanderbilt +1800 (BetRivers)
  • Tennessee +2000 (DraftKings)
  • Texas A&M +2200 (DraftKings)
  • Clemson +2500 (DraftKings)
  • Virginia +2500 (DraftKings)
  • Texas +2500 (DraftKings)
  • TCU +2700 (Caesars)
  • South Carolina +3000 (DraftKings)
  • UCLA +3500 (DraftKings)
  • Stanford +4000 (DraftKings)
  • North Carolina +5000 (Caesars)
  • Auburn +6000 (DraftKings)
  • Oklahoma State +6500 (Caesars)
  • Kentucky +6500 (BetRivers)
  • Duke +7000 (DraftKings)
  • Alabama +7500 (Caesars)
  • East Carolina +7500 (DraftKings)
  • North Carolina State +8000 (Caesars)
  • Texas Tech +8000 (Caesars)
  • Oregon +8000 (BetRivers)
  • Louisville +12500 (Caesars)

There are 300 D1 baseball teams and over 100 listed with College World Series odds at DraftKings, BetRivers and Caesars. The following trends and tidbits may help you narrow the field and decide who to take an early flyer on:

  • Only two teams have repeated as national champs (Oregon State in 2005 and ’06 and South Carolina in 2010 and ’11) since LSU did it in the late 1990s (1996 and ’97).
  • Defending champions are more likely to miss the postseason tournament than make it.
  • Seven of the eight teams in Omaha last season were in the Baseball America preseason top 25.
  • Teams with a top-five transfer class:
    • Wake Forest
    • LSU
    • Tennessee
    • Texas A&M
    • Florida State
  • Teams with a top-five freshman class:
    • Arkansas
    • UCLA
    • North Carolina
    • Texas A&M
    • NC State

LSU was the preseason No. 1 last year and held it for much of the regular season. But the Tigers dropped from that spot after a couple of losses in May. Wake Forest moved up to No. 1 and held that spot heading into the postseason.

The Demon Deacons lost in Omaha during bracket play to the eventual champions, LSU.

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Bet(s) to consider

No one will fault you for betting on either of the top three teams in the country. LSU, Wake Forest and Florida all have rosters full of returning talent, bolstered by solid transfer portal and freshman classes.

It would not be surprising to see all three qualify for the postseason and make it to Omaha. But the following are a few teams with longer odds bettors may want to give some serious thought:

Arkansas +1000 (DraftKings)

Despite dealing with a host of injuries last season, the Razorbacks were co-SEC champions during the regular season and hosted a regional. With a few key portal additions and the top freshman class in the country, Arkansas could take the next step this season and compete for a national title.

Texas A&M +2200 (DraftKings)

The Aggies made it to Omaha in 2022. While they struggled at times during the regular season last year, they made it to the SEC Conference tournament finals and qualified for postseason play (eliminated in regionals).

With a top-five transfer and freshman class augmenting an already talented roster, Texas A&M has the potential to make an excellent postseason run.

Texas +2500 (DraftKings)

The Longhorns had an excellent team last but fell in the Stanford regional to the Cardinal, just missing out on a trip to Omaha. With the talented duo of Tanner Witt and Lebarron Johnson leading the way, the Longhorns could certainly make it to Omaha this year and win it all.

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