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SEC Dominates College Baseball Futures; Tennessee The Favorite


NCAA baseball regionals begin Friday, and sports betting odds suggest this year’s College World Series could be filled with SEC teams.

FanDuel — one of the sports betting apps offering college baseball futures odds — gives four programs odds of +1000 or shorter to win this year’s national championship. All four of those teams play in the SEC.

Tennessee, with odds of +500, headlines the group. Texas A&M (+600), Arkansas (+750), and Kentucky (+1000) aren’t far behind, while LSU (+1600) and Georgia (+2000) are also among the SEC programs with dreams of advancing to the College World Series in Omaha.

In total, an NCAA record 11 SEC teams made the 64-team field.

Tennessee the team to beat

The Volunteers earned the No. 1 overall seed in this year’s tournament after a stellar 50-win season.

Tennessee seemingly does everything well, with the Volunteers ranking in the top 10 nationally in team ERA and runs scored per game. Tennessee even ranks in the top 30 in fielding percentage, making minimal mistakes defensively.

Christian Moore headlines Tennessee’s dominant lineup, batting .382 this season to go with a team-high 28 home runs and 63 RBIs. Tennessee leads the country with 147 home runs, as five Volunteers have at least 17 homers this spring.

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Beating Tennessee at home presents a major challenge for opponents, which gives the Volunteers an obvious path to Omaha with them holding home-field advantage in a regional and super regional. Tennessee is an astounding 35-3 in home games this season and has yet to drop two games in a row in Knoxville.

Outside of SEC programs, North Carolina (+1600), Wake Forest (+1600), and Clemson (+2000) of the ACC hold the shortest odds at FanDuel to win the national championship.

North Carolina ranks in the top 15 nationally in both team ERA and runs scored per game. Like Tennessee, UNC is a tough out at home, boasting a 32-2 home record.

SEC dominance across sports

Not only is the SEC home to the college baseball betting favorites, but the league is also home to the 2024 college football betting favorite in Georgia, which holds +300 odds to win the title at FanDuel.

Football and baseball aren’t the only sports where the SEC plans to assert long-term dominance.

Oklahoma (-170) is the heavy betting favorite to win the Women’s College World Series, and while the Sooners are in the Big 12 this year, they join the SEC in July. The Sooners have won three consecutive national titles entering this season.

The SEC isn’t home to the 2024-25 men’s college basketball betting favorite — that title belongs to Kansas (+1000) and UConn (+1000) at DraftKings — but South Carolina women’s basketball is next year’s betting favorite (+180) for the women’s game. The Gamecocks have won two of the last three national titles, with the SEC’s LSU winning the other.

With the landscape of college sports rapidly changing, one thing seems evident: Conferences are chasing the SEC — at least on the oddsboard.

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