SEC rivals seeking the first championship in program history meet in the best-of-three final of the 2024 College World Series, which pits the top-seeded Tennessee Volunteers against the No. 3 seed Texas A&M Aggies and begins with Game 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Volunteers rallied past Florida State 12-11 in their tournament opener and followed with a 6-1 victory against North Carolina before defeating the Seminoles 7-2 to win their bracket. The Aggies sandwiched a 5-1 triumph over Kentucky between 3-2 and 6-0 victories against Florida to advance. Tennessee and Texas A&M met in the SEC Tournament last month, with the Vols recording a 7-4 win despite a pair of home runs by Aggies third baseman Gavin Grahovac.

The Volunteers are -205 favorites (risk $205 to win $100) to win the title in the latest 2024 College World Series futures odds, while the Aggies are +164 underdogs. Tennessee is -184 to win Game 1, with the total at 11.5 runs in the Tennessee vs. Texas A&M odds. Before locking in any 2024 College World Series picks, you need to see what SportsLine baseball experts Matt Severance and Bruce Marshall have to say.

Severance is a well-connected writer and high-volume handicapper who has worked in the industry since 2005. After joining SportsLine, he quickly established himself as a top expert in multiple sports. Severance is up nearly 24 units on all MLB picks over the last three years and has gone 97-59 in his last 156 MLB money-line picks, returning more than $1,100 for $100 bettors.

Marshall, who for years was synonymous with the Gold Sheet, a famed sports betting newsletter, is an in-demand guest on numerous sports talk radio and TV shows across the country. His vast array of editorial work has been featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, New York Post and many other outlets. Marshall is 34-11-2 in his last 47 MLB over/under picks for a profit of more than $2,100.

Now, Severance and Marshall have set their sights on Tennessee vs. Texas A&M and just locked in their picks and CWS predictions both for Game 1 and the entire series. You can head to SportsLine now to see the experts' picks

Why you should back Tennessee

Outfielder Kavares Tears was the offensive star for the Volunteers against Texas A&M when the teams met in the conference tournament, going 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a three-run homer. Catcher Cal Stark also went deep, while second baseman Christian Moore drove in a run and posted a three-hit performance of his own. Moore leads the nation with 109 hits this season and ranks first on Tennessee with 33 home runs and 73 RBI.

Moore is a part of history as the Volunteers are the first Division I team to boast five different players with at least 20 home runs. Third baseman Billy Amick has belted 23 shots, while Tears, left fielder Dylan Dreiling and first baseman Blake Burke all have gone deep 20 times. Burke reached the plateau with a solo blast in the ninth inning of Wednesday's triumph over Florida State, which also capped his three-hit effort and gave him an NCAA Tournament-high 17 hits. See which side to back here.

Why you should back Texas A&M

The Aggies advanced to the College World Series final for the first time in their 130-year history with a 6-0 triumph over Florida in the semifinals on Wednesday. Left fielder Caden Sorrell led the charge for Texas A&M with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly, while third baseman Gavin Grahovac and second baseman Kaeden Kent both went 2-for-4 with an RBI. The multi-hit performance by Grahovac was his 22nd of the season.

Kent has gone 5-for-11 with three RBI over the three round-robin games for Texas A&M, which improved to 40-2 when scoring at least six runs this year. Grahovac belted a pair of solo homers in the Aggies' loss to Tennessee in the SEC Tournament, while catcher Jackson Appel went 2-for-4 with a solo shot of his own. The Aggies' pitching staff has set a program record with 680 strikeouts this year, and four pitchers combined to rack up 14 in Wednesday's four-hit shutout victory over the Gators, who were blanked for the first time in 145 games. See which side to back here.

How to make Tennessee vs. Texas A&M CWS picks

Severance and Marshall have evaluated this matchup and found critical X-factors that have them jumping on several best bets, both for Game 1 and the entire series. See what they are over at SportsLine.

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