The 2012 College World Series schedule is right around the corner, and here at Bankroll Sports, we are taking a look at the eight teams that have come to Omaha with the hopes of becoming the 2012 College Baseball National Champions. Be sure not to miss our College World Series betting lines preview!
Friday 6/15: Stony Brook vs. UCLA (5:00 PM, ESPN2)
Friday 6/15: Arizona vs. Florida State (9:00 PM, ESPN2)
Saturday 6/16: Kent State vs. Arkansas (5:00 PM, ESPN)
Saturday 6/16: South Carolina vs. Florida (9:00 PM, ESPN)
Sunday 6/17: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser (Elimination Game) (5:00 PM, ESPN2)
Sunday 6/17: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner (9:00 PM, ESPN2)
Monday 6/18: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser (Elimination Game) (5:00 PM, ESPN2)
Monday 6/18: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 3 Loser (9:00 PM, ESPN2)
Tuesday 6/19: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser (Elimination Game) (8:00 PM, ESPN)
Wednesday 6/20: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Loser (Elimination Game) (8:00 PM, ESPN)
Thursday 6/21: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner (Possible Elimination Game) (5:00 PM, ESPN2)
Thursday 6/21: Game 10 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner (Possible Elimination Game) (9:00 PM, ESPN2)
Friday 6/22: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner (If Necessary, Elimination Game) (5:00 PM, ESPN2)
Friday 6/22: Game 10 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner (If Necessary, Elimination Game) (9:00 PM, ESPN)
Sunday 6/24: College World Series Finals Game 1 (8:00 PM, ESPN2)
Monday 6/25: College World Series Finals Game 2 (8:00 PM, ESPN)
Tuesday 6/26: College World Series Finals Game 3 (If Necessary) (8:00 PM, ESPN)
The team that is the clear favorite to win it all this year is the Florida Gators ( Favorites To Win 2012 College World Series: 1.80 to 1 at SportBet Sportsbook). The Gators are the No. 1 seed in this tournament, and though they might have a bit of a tough time going against South Carolina in that opening match, there is no doubt that neither Arkansas nor Kent State should give this team all that many problems. The Gators still haven’t lost a match en route to the College World Series here in Omaha, and there have been some brutal blowouts in there as well. Taking down the NC State Wolfpack in a clean sweep was definitely not the easiest task in the world, but UF was more than up to the challenge and should be again this time around.
Next on the board are the UCLA Bruins (Odds To Win College World Series: 3.35 to 1 at SportBet Sportsbook). The Bruins are probably in the easier of the two brackets at this point, knowing that they get what probably amounts to be the worst team in the tourney to start in Stony Brook. The pitching was just flat out awesome for UCLA in the Los Angeles Regional. The team didn’t lose a game to get here, and there were just nine runs conceded in the five games, including just three runs in two games against the TCU Horned Frogs in the Super Regional, who averaged 12.5 runs per game in the College Station Regional.
And then there are the Florida State Seminoles (College World Series Odds: 3.60 to 1 at SportBet Sportsbook). The Noles have never won the College World Series, but they do have a ton of history playing here in Omaha. Their offense was out of this world leading up to this event, dropping 35 runs in two games against the Stanford Cardinal in the Super Regional to get here. Remember that Stanford had some of the best pitchers in the nation this year, and to beat up that staff was definitely no small feat.
Even though they are the No. 8 seed in the field, we have to at least take a look carefully at the South Carolina Gamecocks (2012 CWS Odds: 5.75 to 1 at SportBet Sportsbook). The Gamecocks have won 11 straight games here at the College World Series, which is an all-time record. They aren’t going to go down easily for sure, but they do have a very, very tough draw and know that they are probably going to have to beat Florida twice to get to the CWS Final. Still, the back to back champs are forces to be reckoned with for sure, and they’ll be up for a big time challenge to start against their SEC East foes, the Gators to start off on Saturday.
In Bracket 2, the Arizona Wildcats (2012 College World Series Lines: 5.90 to 1 at SportBet Sportsbook) have to at least be a tad wary of their situation. They weren’t the best team in the Pac-12 this year, and they aren’t going to have the better offense in this first game against Florida State. That being said, it could be a very short stay for the U of A in this tournament. What we do know from this team though, is that we can expect a lot of runs to be scored. Arizona put up 15, 16, and 16 in its three games at its own regional, and then it went on to score 14 runs in two games against the St. John’s Red Storm to reach this point.
And now is when we start getting into the teams that are sure to be having some problems at the College World Series. The Arkansas Razorbacks (Odds To Win CWS: 7 to 1 at SportBet Sportsbook) had a rough road to reach this point, knowing that they had to go on the road and take down the top seeded Rice Owls and then the Baylor Bears out of the Waco Super Regional. The pitching staff really only had one bad game, the first against the Bears of that three-game set, but aside from that, there were just nine runs conceded in five games, including a pair of shutouts against some rock solid teams.
And then come the two teams that are playing in the College World Series for the first time. The Kent State Golden Flashes (College World Series Gambling Lines: 15 to 1 at SportBet Sportsbook) and the Stony Brook Seawolves (2012 College World Series Betting Lines: 15 to 1 at SportBet Sportsbook) are both going to have to pull off some big time miracles just to win games in their respective brackets. Kent State was able to survive a regional at Purdue and a Super Regional at Oregon though, and that was definitely no easy feat. Stony Brook became the first team from the SUNY schools to make it to the College World Series, and it is the only team that was ranked as a No. 4 seed to make it to Omaha. Somehow, Stony Brook was able to beat both the Miami Hurricanes once and the UCF Knights twice on back to back days to make it to the Super Regional, and even then, the Seawolves wouldn’t be daunted against the stout LSU Tigers, who ended up falling in three games.
2012 College World Series Odds @ SportBet Sportsbook (as of 6/14/12):
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Florida Gators 1.80 to 1
UCLA Bruins 3.35 to 1
Florida State Seminoles 3.60 to 1
South Carolina Gamecocks 5.75 to 1
Arizona Wildcats 5.90 to 1
Arkansas Razorbacks 7 to 1
Stony Brook Seawolves 15 to 1
Kent State Golden Flashes 15 to 1
Odds to Win 2012 College World Series @ Bovada Sportsbook (as of 6/14/12):
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Florida Gators 5 to 2
Florida State Seminoles 3 to 1
Arizona Wildcats 4 to 1
South Carolina Gamecocks 4 to 1
UCLA Bruins 7 to 1
Stony Brook Seawolves 15 to 2
Arkansas Razorbacks 9 to 1
Kent State Golden Flashes 15 to 1