The college baseball power rankings are based on 2024 College World Series odds


The field for the 2024 College World Series has been set, and early betting already indicates there are a few favorites heading into this year’s tournament.

College baseball’s race to Omaha, Nebraska begins this week. Sixty-four teams begin the competition, but the Tennessee Volunteers have emerged as the early betting favorite before the regional leg begins Friday. They hope to be one of eight teams that ultimately head to Omaha for the final double-elimination round to determine this year’s champion.

Tennessee won its 50th game of the season when it won the SEC title game over LSU. The Vols shared the regular season title with Kentucky after both teams finished with a 22-8 conference record. However, Tennessee’s overall record and tournament championship of 50-11 were enough to earn them the top national seed in this year’s Men’s College World Series.

Here are the complete rankings of the 64 teams playing in the 2024 College World Series, according to BetMGM’s opening betting odds after Monday’s selection show.

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College baseball power rankings: 2024 College World Series odds

1. Tennessee Volunteers (+550)

Tennessee finished the season with a full month atop the USA TODAY Coaches Poll. The Volunteers were the only DI college baseball team to reach 50 wins, but it’s the third time in the last four seasons they’ve accomplished that feat. They are the top national seed in the Men’s College World Series and host a bracket that also includes Southern Mississippi, Indiana and Northern Kentucky, their regional Game 1 opponents.

2. Texas A&M Aggies (+600)

Before the Vols topped the Coaches Poll to end the season, the Aggies were in first place for three weeks in a row. They finished the regular season in third place and earned the No. 3 national seed in this year’s College World Series national seeding. Texas A&M will host a regional featuring Louisiana, Texas and the Aggies’ Game 1 opponent, Grambling State.

3. Arkansas Razor Blades (+700)

All season long, the Arkansas Razorbacks relied on the excellent performances of their pitchers to succeed. Hagen Smith led the group with a 1.48 ERA and a 9-1 record in 15 starts and established himself as one of the top pitchers in the 2024 MLB Draft class. Arkansas is the No. 5 national seed and a regional host. Their region includes Louisiana Tech, Kansas State and Southeast Missouri State, whom the Razorbacks will play on Friday.

4. LSU Tigers (+900)

The reigning national champion and SEC tournament runner-up are back at the top of the odds standings after a 40-win regular season. Of the teams in the top five in betting odds, the Tigers are the only ones not in the top 16 of the Men’s College World Series national roster. They also don’t host their regional. Instead, LSU will play in the Chapel Hill regional with North Carolina, Long Island and Wofford, whom the Tigers will play in Game 1 on Friday.

5. Kentucky Wildcats (+1000)

Kentucky was unranked in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll through the first four weeks of the season. From mid-March until now, the Wildcats worked and won their way into second place to round out the pre-tournament standings. Kentucky finished with a 40-14 overall record and a 22-8 conference record that tied Tennessee for the best in the SEC.

Now they are the second national seed in the 2024 Men’s College World Series and will host a regional. They open with a game against MAC champion Western Michigan, while Illinois and Indiana State play the other game in their region.

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T-6. Wake Forest, Clemson (+1300)

T-8. State of Oregon, North Carolina (+1600)

10. State of Florida (+1800)

11. Eastern Carolina (+2200)

T-12. Duke, Mississippi State, Georgia (+2500)

T-15. Florida, State of NC (+3000)

17. Virginia (+3500)

T-18. Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma (+4000)

T-21. South Carolina, UC Santa Barbara, Dallas Baptist, Alabama, Arizona, UC Irvine (+5000)

27. State of Indiana (+6600)

T-28. Texas, South Mississippi (+8000)

T-30. Coast Carolina, Oregon, West Virginia, Louisiana, Nebraska (+10000)

T-35. Kansas State, Georgia Tech, UCF (+12500)

T-38. Indiana, San Diego, Illinois, James Madison (+15000)

T-42. UConn, Wofford, Grand Canyon (+20000)

T-45. Oral Roberts, UNC Wilmington, VCU, SE Missouri State, Louisiana Tech (+25000)

50. Tulane (+30000)

T-51. Evansville, Leger, Nicholls State, Penn, Bryant, High Point, St. John’s, Northern Kentucky, Niagara, Western Michigan, Long Island, Stetson, Fresno State, Grambling State (+50000)

How to watch College World Series 2024

ESPN will provide live broadcasts and streaming coverage across its various networks in every phase of the Men’s College World Series.

Streaming coverage is available on ESPN+.

HOW TO WATCH: Watch every regional game of the College World Series with an ESPN+ subscription.

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