The 2014 College World Series schedule is set. After starting off with 64 teams, the final 8 squads will head to Omaha, Neb. to battle it out for the 2014 NCAA championship. According to Bleacher Report on June 10 the action will kick-off on Sat., June 14 when UC Irvine (40-23) takes on Texas (43-19) at 3 p.m. ET, followed by Louisville (50-15) facing off against Vanderbilt (46-19).
The 2014 CWS tournament is a best 2 out of 3 elimination so just because a team may lose the first game of a series doesn't mean that can't bounce back and win it all! The competition will be stronger than ever this year with powerhouses Louisville and Virginia leading the way.
Las Vegas odds makers have Louisville as the favorite to win this year's tournament at 3/1. Interestingly enough, the Cardinals are the only team remaining of the final eight that were here last year. Maybe the Birds can take care of some unfinished business from 2013. They certainly have the talent to win it all this season. Last year, UCLA defeated Mississippi State in two games in the finals.
This will be Louisville's third appearance in the NCAA College World Series, and Cardinals fans are hoping that the third time is the charm. The Cards have not fared well on the CWS stage, going a dismal 1-4 in their previous two visits to Omaha. Louisville is hoping this year's team, who won 50 games has what it takes to finally bring a title home.
Here is a look at the odds to win the 2014 World Series, along first round match-ups, dates and times for each game. Louisville may be the overall favorite, but with three teams in the tournament from Texas, odds are that one of them may make the finals as well! Be sure to click here for your own printable bracket to keep up with all of the action thanks to SB Nation.
Saturday, June 14
- UC-Irvine vs. Texas -- 3 p.m. ET
- Louisville vs. Vanderbilt -- 8 p.m. ET
Sunday June 15
- Texas Tech vs. TCU -- 3 p.m. ET
- Virginia vs. Mississippi -- 8 p.m. ET
Odds to win 2014 College World Series
- Louisville -- 3/1
- Virginia -- 3/1
- TCU -- 4/1
- Mississippi -- 4/1
- Vandy -- 5/1
- Texas Tech --5/1
- UC-Irvine -- 7/1
- Texas -- 8/1