Familiar foe, South Carolina Gamecocks (53-14) and Florida Gators (53-17), are set to play a three-game series for the 2011 Men's College World Series Championship beginning with Game-1 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Monday (8:05 pm ET, ESPN). Oddsmakers at most offshore sport shops list the Gators, at -150 CWS Odds, series favorites to knock off Carolina, the 2010 defending CWS champs.
The Gators and Gamecocks each claimed their respective brackets with 3-0 marks. South Carolina will be seeking its second consecutive championship while Florida is in the finals for the second time in school history after losing to Texas in 2005.
Hudson Randall, a sophomore out of Atlanta, has been tagged as Florida's starting pitcher in Monday's opener. The start will be his 19th this season where he's 11-3 with a 2.24 ERA. Countering for the Gamecocks will be freshman right-hander Forrest Koumas who went 6-1 on the year with a 3.07 ERA.
For Monday's Championship Series opener, Gamecocks backers will be getting +115 CWS Odds as moneyline underdogs with a betting total (over/under) of 8 1/2-runs. As game favorites, Gators backers will be giving -145 ($145 wager to win $100) for a SU win.
South Carolina and Florida played three times this season with the Gamecocks winning two at Florida's McKethan Stadium.
The series will continue with Game-2 Tuesday night and if needed, a Championship game will be played Wednesday.
Neither Florida nor South Carolina was favorites to win the series; that honor belong to Virginia who was installed getting +275 odds. Gators’ backers got +325 odds at the series beginning, third best behind UVA and Vanderbilt. South Carolina backers started the series getting +500.