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College World Series format, explained: How many games, bracket play & more to know about 2021 CWS

by MD Samsuzzaman Siyam

First pitch of the 2021 Men’s College World Series is set to be thrown out on Saturday with eight Division I teams remaining in the pursuit of a national championship. 

Texas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Mississippi State, Stanford, NC State and Virginia will all be in Omaha, Nebraska, fighting to be the next champion of college baseball. 

The College World Series is unlike other prominent NCAA championships like March Madness and the College Football Playoff. The eight teams will start off in two brackets with two teams emerging to face off against one another in the finals matchup. 

Below, we’re breaking down the format for the College World Series, from how the initial brackets work to how teams reach College World Series. 

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College World Series format

The road to a national championship started with regionals and super regionals. Now at the College World Series after winning best-of-three series, these eight teams will now be back to bracket play. 

The opening matchups this year are Stanford vs. NC State and Arizona vs. Vanderbilt in Bracket 1, and Texas vs. Mississippi State and Virginia vs. Tennessee in Bracket 2. After each game, the winners in Bracket 1 matchups will face off against one another, while the winners of Bracket 2 will play one another. This second-round matchup is the winners’ bracket. 

Win the first two games, and that team gets a break to wait for the next matchup. Lose, and teams will be forced to play some extra baseball. The losers of those opening games will move to the elimination bracket and will have to survive facing elimination the rest of the tournament. The winners of the first game of the elimination bracket will then move on to face the loser of the second round matchup. The winner there faces the lone undefeated team. 

For example, in the 2019 College World Series, Michigan defeated Texas Tech and Florida State beat Arkansas in the first matchup of their bracket. Michigan then beat Florida State in the second round, while Texas Tech eliminated Arkansas. Texas Tech then staved off elimination again by beating Florida State in the losers’ bracket to set up a rematch against Michigan, but the Wolverines won the game to advance to the finals. Had Texas Tech won, it would have forced a winner-take-all Game 3. 

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Can a team lose and reach the CWS finals?

The key to reaching the College World Series is simple: don’t lose twice. 

The brackets are double-elimination, meaning that teams can lose in the College World Series and still reach the finals, unlike what happens in many other college tournaments. 

The 2017 Florida Gators team won the first two games of the College World Series before losing the first game to TCU, which had come out of the elimination bracket. Florida won the next game to advance to the finals, where it swept LSU in two games. 

The year prior, Coastal Carolina won the first game of the College World Series against Florida, but lost to TCU in the winners’ bracket to move to the elimination bracket. The Chanticleers beat Texas Tech before winning two straight against TCU to reach the College World Series finals and eventually beat Arizona for its one and only national championship. 

Once in the College World Series finals, it is a best two-of-three series. 

How long has this been the format? 

This has been the format for the College World Series since 2003, when the finals became a best-of-three series. 

The tournament began with only eight teams and two four-team, single elimination brackets in 1947, with the two winners facing off in a best-of-three final series, before it was changed to double-elimination brackets the following year.

The tournament rapidly expanded teams, expanding out the regionals several times. From 1988 to 1998, there were eight different regionals and the winners from each played in two, four-team double-elimination brackets before moving on to the finals, which was just one game. The NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament wasn’t expanded to 64 teams with both regionals and super regionals until 1999. 

College World Series brackets 2021

Bracket 1

Team W L
No. 4 Vanderbilt
No. 5 Arizona
No. 9 Stanford
NC State

Bracket 2

Team W L
No. 2 Texas
No. 3 Tennessee
No. 7 Mississippi State
Virginia

College World Series schedule

Saturday, June 19

Game Time (Channel)
NC State vs. No. 9 Stanford 2 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 4 Vanderbilt 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, June 20

Game Time (Channel)
Virginia vs. No. 3 Tennessee 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 7 Mississippi State 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Monday, June 21

Game Time (Channel)
NC State-Stanford loser vs. Arizona-Vanderbilt loser 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
NC State-Stanford winner vs. Arizona-Vanderbilt winner 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Tuesday, June 22

Game Time (Channel)
Virginia-Tennessee loser vs. Texas-Mississippi State loser 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Virginia-Tennessee winner vs. Texas-Mississippi State winner 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Wednesday, June 23

Wednesday schedule to be announced

Thursday, June 24

Thursday schedule to be announced, if necessary

Friday, June 25

Friday schedule to be announced, if necessary

Monday, June 28

CWS Finals Time (Channel)
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Tuesday, June 29

CWS Finals Time (Channel)
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Wednesday, June 30

CWS Finals Time (Channel)
TBD vs. TBD (if necessary) 7 p.m. (ESPN2)



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