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College World Series 2011 Odds Favor Florida, Vandy To Win

Odds for the 2011 College World Series aren't all that easy to find, but there are a few outlets willing to take your money over some NCAA baseball. BetUSA.com, for one, has a set of odds to win, with the five southeastern teams all given better chances to take the tourney than any of the three western schools. 

The Florida Gators come in with the best odds (5/2) of all despite a minor slipup against the Mississippi St. Bulldogs. Florida's been able to power out runs in bunches, but the Vanderbilt Commodores (3/1) might have just as good an argument for favored status.

Vandy's closest win of the tournament was by five runs over Belmont -- only the South Carolina Gamecocks (5/1) and North Carolina Tar Heels (11/2) have made it through the bracket without a loss, and both had at least one scare along the way. The Dores also boast the highest batting average and third-best ERA of all 2011 CWS teams. It might be easy for some to overlook them simply due to brand name.

Best pick, though? The Texas Longhorns (7/1). The Horns have the nation's second-best team ERA and third-best fielding percentage. Runs come at a premium for Texas, but anything can happen in low-scoring games. And The Valley Shook, for one, likes Texas to escape Bracket One and play for the title.

Florida: 5/2

Vanderbilt, Virginia: 3/1

South Carolina: 5/1

North Carolina: 11/2

Texas: 7/1

Texas A&M: 9/1

Cal: 11/1

Check here for complete 2011 CWS scores and schedules. For more SEC sports, join Team Speed Kills. Florida fans should head to Alligator Army and SB Nation Tampa Bay. Gamecocks fans, join Garnet And Black Attack, and Vandy fans, join Anchor Of Gold.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.