Tennessee Vols Favored In First College World Series Matchup

Posted on June 17, 2021

The Tennessee Vols baseball team heads to Omaha, Nebraska this weekend to compete in the 2021 College World Series (CWS).

The Vols take to the field against the Virginia Cavaliers for the first matchup of the series on Sunday, June 20.

Tennessee Vols head to the College World Series

Sixty-four NCAA teams have battled it out all season for a spot at the CWS. Now, the playing field has dwindled down to eight collegiate contenders divided up into two brackets of competition. A duo of Tennessee-based teams – the Vols and the Vanderbilt Commodores, make up a quarter of the competition. The Vols are positioned in Bracket 2 with Texas, Mississippi State and Virginia, while Vanderbilt is grouped with Stanford, NC State, and Arizona.

The Vols have been plowing through the competition with their 50-16 season record. Now, Tennessee is on a sizzling hot five-game winning streak. Most recently, they made easy work out of the LSU Tigers last week, beating them 4-2 and then 15-6. Their next opponent, on the other hand, boasts a less impressive 34-25 record for the year. The Cavaliers are on a two-game win streak after losing their first Super Regional game to Dallas Baptist.

2021 College World Series individual game odds

DraftKings and Action 24/7 are the only two Tennessee sportsbooks offering game lines for the upcoming CWS. Both sportsbooks offer moneyline, run line, and total run markets on the first round of competition.

Tennessee holds a 1.5-point lead over Virginia at both books, though odds are slightly longer at Action 24/7 with +125 odds. Action’s outright moneyline odds situate the Vols at -159 and Virginia at +125.

As far as total runs, DraftKings positions the over/under at 9 with the over sitting at -105. At Action 24/7, bettors can select between an over/under of 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, or 11.5. While Tennessee doesn’t have any notable history against Virginia, we can look to the Vols’ 2021 season history for possible insight on the run total. Tennessee games have averaged over 11 runs per event this season.

Future CWS competition

Depending on the outcome of this first bout against Virginia, the Vols will advance to compete against either the Texas Longhorns or Mississippi State Bulldogs on Tuesday, June 22.

The last time the Vols played Texas was back in 2012, and they hold a 2-0 record against the team. As for Mississippi State, Tennessee desolated the team 12-2 back in May during the SEC Tournament. The two colleges have played 53 games against each other since 1992, resulting in a touch-and-go history and an 18-32 win record for Tennessee.

College World Series finals then swing into action Monday, June 28 for a best-of-three series between the winner of Bracket 1 and the winner of Bracket 2.

If Tennessee makes it through Bracket 2 competition, they will likely be facing Vanderbilt for the CWS title. The last time Vandy and the Vols faced each other was in mid-April when they came together in Knoxville for a three-game series. The Commodores stomped the Vols by five or more points in two of those games.

Vanderbilt is predicted to win on Saturday against Arizona and are currently favored to win the CWS.

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College World Series winner odds

DraftKings gives Vanderbilt +200 odds of winning the CWS title, while Tennessee follows close behind at +400 oddsAction 24/7 knocks the Vols down into third position with +325 odds behind Vanderbilt (+250) and Texas (+300). To find the most value when it comes to CWS Futures wagering, bettors can hop over to TwinSpires, where the Vols sit at +350.

Odds for the remainder of the field at TwinSpires are as follows:

Mississippi State+650
NC State+1200

Before winning Super Regionals, TwinSpires gave Tennessee +600 odds of winning the CWS. Bettors confident in another Rocky Top win would do well to get their wagers in before the Vols record yet another win.

Photo by AP / Wade Payne
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As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. She then returned to her love of written word in 2000 after working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer. As a journalist, she's covered a variety of topics and currently specializes in Tennessee online sports betting and Virginia casino news. She served as a panelist at this year's All American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry.

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