June 17th, 2011- By Jon
The 2011 College World Series begins this weekend, as eight teams looking to reach college baseball immortality descend upon Omaha, Nebraska. Though this time, they will be at a new venue this year for the first time since moving from Rosenblatt Stadium.
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha will be the new home of the college world series, in a state-of-the-art $131 million stadium that holds 24,505, but can expand all the way to a capacity of 35,000.
Two brackets make up the eight teams in the 2011 College World Series are seeded 1-8, with the Virginia Cavaliers leading as the top national seed.
In Bracket one, it’s the No.2 Florida Gators, No.3 North Carolina Tar Heels, No.6 Vanderbilt Commodores and No.7 Texas Longhorns.
In Bracket two, it’s the Cavaliers, followed by the defending national champions and No.4 seed South Carolina Gamecocks, the Texas A&M Aggies, and the California Bears.
Virginia is the overall favorite to win on 2011 College World Series Betting Odds on Bodog Sportsbook, set as a 7/2 favorite to win.
But the Cavaliers will have difficult bracket to get out of. Rarely does a defending national champion make it all the way back to Omaha, but that is exactly what South Carolina has done in 2011, and at 6/1, oddsmakers believe they are a real threat to win back-to-back titles.
The winners of bracket one and bracket two will ultimately meet in the championship series, in this double-elimination tournament.
Bracket 1 Schedule –
Vanderbilt vs. North Carolina, 2pm Et, Saturday, June 18
Florida vs. Texas, 7pm Et, Saturday, June 18
Bracket 2 Schedule –
Virginia vs. California, 2pm Et, Sunday, June 19
South Carolina vs. Texas A&M, 7pm Et Sunday, June 19 –
From the opening round, both losers and winners brackets will be formed, as elimination rounds will begin for those who lost in the opening round. The way the CWS games look with who plays who, depends on the outcome of the opening four games over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Overall Odds To Win – Courtesy of Bodog Sportsbook
North Carolina 7/1
South Carolina 6/1
Texas A&M 11/1