2019 NCAA Baseball Tournament College World Series: Experts Picks and Predictions

Eight teams are left in the NCAA baseball NCAA Division I tournament as the College World Series get underway this weekend.

Vanderbilt and Arkansas arrive at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, Nebraska, as the bookmakers' joint favorites to secure the national title.

The second and fifth overall seed respectively, the Commodores and the Razorbacks are 3/1 to succeed Oregon State in the history books.

The two SEC rivals are the highest seeded teams left in the tournament and have been kept apart in the College World Series in the four-team double-elimination brackets.

Arkansas is in Bracket One along with Michigan, Texas Tech and Florida State, while Vanderbilt is in Bracket Two with Mississippi State, Auburn and Louisville.

Five of the remaining eight teams entered the tournament as one of the 16 national seeds, which have otherwise tumbled like domino chips.

Number one overall seed UCLA joined number three and four seeds Georgia and Georgia Tech out of the tournament after losing to Michigan in the Super Regionals stage over the weekend.

Defending champion Oregon State, which was ranked 16th overall, did not even make it past the first round.

Here's what some of the top baseball writers expect from the College World Series.

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Karl Kauffmann #37 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts after a double play ends the seventh inning of game 1 of the NCAA Super Regional at Jackie Robinson Stadium on June 7 in Los Angeles, California. The Michigan Wolverines defeated the UCLA Bruins 3-2. Getty/Jayne Kamin-Oncea

Matt Martell—Sports Illustrated

Vanderbilt is the highest ranked team left in the tournament and Martell believes the Commodores will have too much for their rivals.

"The best remaining teams in the tournament are from the SEC, and the Commodores won both the regular season title and conference tournament," he wrote.

"They're the most complete team in the College World Series with an explosive offense that cannot be contained for nine innings."

Joe Healy—Baseball America

Like Martell, Healy argues Vanderbilt has too much talent and will take some stopping in Omaha.

"With enviable lineup depth, headlined by national player of the year candidate J.J. Bleday and third baseman Austin Martin, and a solid pitching staff led by veteran right-handers Drake Fellows and Patrick Raby, the Commodores are a team devoid of obvious weaknesses."

Jake Mastroianni—College Baseball Daily

At the beginning of the tournament, Mastroianni tipped Vanderbilt and Arkansas to face each other in the final. He stands by that prediction.

"The Commodores have the depth to lose a game in this tournament and remain in good shape," he explained.

"But they also have the talent to just blow through this thing and win it all—that's what makes them such an easy pick. However, this is baseball, and sometimes great offensive teams can't duplicate that success at Omaha."

Mike Lopresti—NCAA.com

The bookmakers' joint-favorite alongside Vanderbilt, Arkansas is looking to banish the demons of last year and Lopresti believes they have all it takes.

"In this academic year of redemption—Clemson getting even with Alabama in football, Virginia atoning for its first-round disaster in basketball—why not the Razorbacks?," he wrote.

"Last June must still be hard to forget, when they were one out away from finishing off Oregon State for their first national championship.

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