2022 College World Series Picks: Men’s NCAA Baseball

  • Texas (+400) is favored to win the 75th Men’s NCAA College World Series
  • The eight-team baseball tournament begins on Friday, June 17 with Texas A&M (+800) facing Oklahoma (+700)
  • Two teams will advance to the best-of-three CWS Finals held from June 25-June 27, 2022

With a slew of upsets during the Super Regional round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament, there are four unranked clubs participating in the 2022 College World Series, including Notre Dame, which eliminated No. 1 national seed Tennessee on Sunday.

Let’s check the latest odds for the CWS, which begins Friday in Omaha, Nebraska. If you enjoy wagering on baseball, here’s where you can find the top MLB betting sites in 2022. Or if college sports is more your passion, see our NCAA Football betting guide.

2022 College World Series

Notre Dame+550
Ole Miss+650
Texas A&M+800

Texas opens as the favorite

Texas (+400) likely opened as the tournament favorite due to its blue blood status in college baseball. Their program has booked the most trips to Omaha by far, with 38 College World Series appearances and six National Championships. However, the Longhorns haven’t won the title since 2005 and their last finals appearance was in 2009. 

Ranked as the consensus No. 1 team in college baseball before the season, Texas placed fifth among nine teams in their conference to earn a No. 9 seed. Powered by Big 12 Player of the Year Ivan Melendez, who tied Mark McGuire on the all-time home run list with 32 dingers this season, the Longhorns will open with Notre Dame (+550) this Friday.

CWS format and matchups

The College World Series splits eight clubs into a pair of four-team brackets, using a double elimination format. Along with Notre Dame vs. Texas, bracket one pits No. 5 Texas A&M (+800) versus unranked Oklahoma (+700). Meanwhile, the second bracket will kick off Saturday with No. 2 Stanford (+500) facing Arkansas (+450) and No. 14 Auburn (+700) taking on Ole Miss (+650).  

After the winners of those two brackets are established this weekend, the best two-out-of-three CWS Final will play out over three consecutive days (if necessary) from June 25-27.

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Will the upsets continue?

Stanford (+500) enters the College World Series as the highest seed left in the tournament, but that could be more of a curse than a benefit after three ranked teams were upset in the super regionals.

On Saturday, they’ll face an Arkansas (+450) club that punched its ticket to the tournament with a 4-3 walk-off win over North Carolina. The Razorbacks have seven CWS appearances since 2003 and last made the final in 2018, but have never won a national championship.


Notre Dame (+550) held No. 1 Tennessee scoreless over the last five innings of a 7-3 victory in Game 3 of the super regional to earn their first trip to the CWS since 2002. The Fighting Irish had the most dominant pitching staff in the ACC this spring and eight of their nine starters are graduates.

If the Irish can get by the Longhorns on Friday, they’ll face a stiff challenge from Texas A&M (+800), who are in the tournament for the first time since 2017. Coming off a 9-21 conference record last year, the Aggies program has been revitalized under first-year coach Jim Schlossnagle, who made five CWS appearances as the head man at TCU.

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