College baseball season comes to a boil over the next two weeks as the eight remaining teams from the NCAA Division I tournament battle it out in the College World Series.
Since 1950 the honor of hosting the final stage of the tournament has been given to Omaha, Nebraska, and TD Ameritrade Park will host the CWS for the 10th time this month – after the tournament was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The CWS begins on Saturday June 19th with two games daily until Tuesday June 22nd.
The eight teams that rose from the Super Regionals stage have been split into two groups, with the two winners advancing to a best-of-three championship series starting June 28.
Here’s everything you need to know to keep up with the action.
Which teams are in the College World Series?
Four of the top five national seeding lists have qualified for the CWS, with Arkansas being the notable exception.
The Razorbacks were No. 1 in the NCAA baseball tournament, but lost 2-1 in the Super Regional phase to North Carolina State, one of the two teams that didn’t make it to Omaha.
Virginia is the other unset team in the CWS after defeating Dallas Baptist University 2-1.
Texas, seeded second, qualified for the World Series with a 2-0 win over South Florida; Tennessee, seeded third, beat LSU 2-0 in the Super Regional.
Vanderbilt, # 4, and Arizona, # 5, reached the CWS after beating East Carolina 2-0 and Ole Miss 2-1, respectively, defeat and ninth-seeded Stanford angry No. 8 Texas Tech 2-0.
Mississippi State, ranked 7th, completes the draw after entering the CWS with a 2-1 win over the No. 10 seeded Notre Dame in the Super Regional.
How to watch College World Series on TV
The tournament will be broadcast over the ESPN networks, with the games broadcast on Monday on ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU.
How to Watch College World Series Online
Each game can be streamed live via WatchESPN, while selected games are also available via fuboTV.
College World Series-Format
The College World Series is played over a pair of double elimination brackets with four teams.
Bracket 1 is Vanderbilt, Arizona, Stanford, and North Carolina State; Bracket 2 is Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Virginia.
College World Series TV Program
(All times ET, the number in brackets stands for the team’s starting number)
Saturday June 19th
- Spiel 1: North Carolina State vs (9) Stanford
2 p.m., ESPN
- Spiel 2: (5) Arizona vs. (4) Vanderbilt
Sunday June 20th
- Spiel 3: Virginia vs. (3)Tennessee
2 p.m., ESPN2
- Spiel 4: (2) Texas vs. (7) Mississippi State
7 p.m., ESPN2
Monday June 21st
- Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2
2 p.m., ESPNU
- Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Tuesday June 22nd
- Loser game 3 vs. Loser game 4
2 p.m., ESPNU
- Winner game 3 vs. Winner game 4
College World Series Quoten
Vanderbilt enters the CWS as the team that made it into the. Eyes of the bookmakers, closely followed by Texas and Tennessee. Still reigning champion after winning in 2019, Vanderbilt is an 11-4 favorite at DraftKings, while Texas is 10-3 and Tennessee 7-2.
Arizona follows at 6-1, then Mississippi State at13-2, while Stanford is an 8-1 underdog. Virginia and North Carolina State, the two unrated teams, are 10-1 and 12-1 long shots, respectively.