Who has the most College World Series titles? Past winners ahead of 2024 tournament (2024)


Editor's note: This story has been updated from its original version to reflect the addition of the most College World Series appearances

The 2024 College World Series has officially arrived.

Two weeks ago, 64 teams set out to make it to college baseball's most sacred grounds. Through historic wins and upsets, eight have made it to Omaha, Nebraska. And while no team in this year's field — Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Florida State, NC State, Virginia and Florida — will come to challenge USC's leading 12 College World Series titles, this year's rendition of college baseball's marquee event regardless has the makings of being a historic one.

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That history? Six of the eight teams to have made it to Omaha, Nebraska have never won the College World Series. The only two teams that have are Florida, the only unseeded team in the field and snuck into the 2024 NCAA Baseball Tournament with a 13-17 record in SEC play, and Virginia.

No. 1 national seed Tennessee remains the favorite to win this year's installment of the CWS. The Vols are back at the CWS for the second consecutive season, but are chasing some history this year. The Vols are looking not only to break the curse of No. 1 overall seeds — none has won the CWS since Miami in 1999 — but also their first national championship title in program history.

So who will win? We shall see. But in the meantime, here's what you need to know about past College World Series winners as play begins Friday, including who holds the record for most titles:

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Who has the most College World Series titles?

USC holds the record for the most national championship titles in College World Series history, with 12. However, the Trojans' last one came in 1998.

To win the CWS that season, the Trojans — who were a No. 4 seed — went an undefeated 5-0, picking up wins over No. 1 seed Florida (12-10), No. 8 Mississippi State (7-1), No. 5 LSU (5-4, 7-3) and No. 6 Arizona State (21-14). It marked the first national championship win for USC in two decades.

Teams with most College World Series championships

With LSU defeating Florida in the 2023 College World Series, the Tigers moved into second place behind the Trojans for the second-most CWS titles in NCAA history.

Here's a full look at the top five of leaders for most CWS titles:

  • 1. USC: 12 (1948, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1968, 1970-74, 1978 and 1998)
  • 2. LSU: 7 (1991, 1993, 1996-97, 2000, 2009 and 2023)
  • 3. Texas: 6 (1949-50, 1975, 1983, 2002 and 2005)
  • 4. Arizona State: 5 (1965, 1967, 1969, 1977 and 1981)
  • T-5. Arizona: 4 (1976, 1980, 1986 and 2012)
  • T-5. Cal State Fullerton: 4 (1979, 1984, 1995 and 2004)
  • T-5. Miami: 4 (1982, 1985, 1999 and 2001)

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College World Series winners history

Here's a full list of CWS winners going back to 1990, according to the NCAA:

  • 2023: LSU
  • 2022: Ole Miss
  • 2021: Mississippi State
  • 2020: Canceled due to COVID-19
  • 2019: Vanderbilt
  • 2018: Oregon State
  • 2017: Florida
  • 2016: Coastal Carolina
  • 2015: Virginia
  • 2014: Vanderbilt
  • 2013: UCLA
  • 2012: Arizona
  • 2011: South Carolina
  • 2010: South Carolina
  • 2009: LSU
  • 2008: Fresno State
  • 2007: Oregon State
  • 2006: Oregon State
  • 2005: Texas
  • 2004: Cal State Fullerton
  • 2003: Rice
  • 2002: Texas
  • 2001: Miami
  • 2000: LSU
  • 1999: Miami
  • 1998: USC
  • 1997: LSU
  • 1996: LSU
  • 1995: Cal State Fullerton
  • 1994: Oklahoma
  • 1993: LSU
  • 1992: Pepperdine
  • 1991: LSU
  • 1990: Georgia

Click here to view the full list of CWS winners going back to 1941.

Who has the most College World Series appearances?

Texas holds the record for most College World Series appearances with 38, last making it in 2022.

The Longhorns have made it to Omaha in the following years: 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2018, 2021 and 2022.

Most College World Series appearances

With Florida State returning to the CWS this season, the Seminoles are now one within Miami for the second most appearances at the CWS. The Hurricanes, who haven't made the CWS since 2016, has 25 appearances compared to the Seminoles now 24.

Here's a full look at the most appearances for a program in CWS history, according to the NCAA:

  • 38: Texas
  • 25: Miami
  • 24: Florida State
  • 22: Arizona State
  • 21: USC
  • 20: Oklahoma State
  • 19: LSU and Stanford
  • 18: Arizona and Cal State Fullerton
  • 14: Florida
  • 12: Clemson, Mississippi State and North Carolina
  • 11: Arkansas, Oklahoma and South Carolina
  • 10: Northern Colorado
  • 8: Michigan and Texas A&M
  • 7: Maine, Oregon State, Rice, Tennessee, Virginia and Wichita State
  • 6: Auburn, Cal, Georgia, Missouri, Ole Miss, St. John's, TCU and Western Michigan
  • 5: Alabama, Louisville, Minnesota, Penn State, Southern Illinois, UCLA, UConn and Vanderbilt

College World Series 2024 odds

Tennessee remains the favorite to win the 2024 College World Series, according to BetMGM. If the Vols do end up hoisting the hub cap around the pitcher's mound, it will be their first national championship title.

Here's a look at the odds for the CWW, according to BetMGM (as of Thursday, June 13):

  • 1. Tennessee (+250)
  • 2. Texas A&M (+350)
  • 3. Kentucky (+450)
  • 4. UNC (+700)
  • 5. Florida State (+750)
  • T-6. Virginia (+1000)
  • T-6. NC State (+1000)
  • 8. Florida (+1400)

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Who has the most College World Series titles? Past winners ahead of 2024 tournament (2024)


Who has the most College World Series titles? Past winners ahead of 2024 tournament? ›

USC has won 12 Men's College World Series championships. LSU is alone in second with seven after winning the title in 2023. Texas follows with six.

Who has the most College World Series championships? ›

Who has the most College World Series titles? USC holds the record for the most national championship titles in College World Series history, with 12.

What school has been to the College World Series the most? ›

These are the NCAA DI college baseball teams that have made the most appearances in the Men's College World Series: Texas: 38. Miami (Fla.): 25. Florida State: 24.

Who won the 2024 College World Series? ›

Florida State 7, Virginia 3

The Seminoles bolstered their lead in the bottom of the fifth, adding four runs to make it 6-0. Marcos Dinges got things started with an RBI single before Ferrer once again homered, this time a three-run shot and his third home run of the College World Series.

Who has more World Series titles? ›

The New York Yankees hold the record with 27 championships, while the St.

Who has the largest College World Series crowd? ›

Last year, the CWS drew its highest-ever total attendance of 392,946. That represented an average of 24,559 fans per game across the 16 contests. It was the third consecutive year the CWS broke its previous spectator record.

What team has the least World Series titles? ›

The Seattle Mariners are the only MLB franchise that has never appeared in a World Series; the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, and Colorado Rockies have all played in the Series but have never won it.

Who has the most consecutive World Series? ›

The New York Yankees won three World Series in a row (1998-2000), four in a row (1936-39), and five in a row (1949-53) — the longest championship streak in MLB history. The Oakland Athletics are the only other team that has won three straight World Series (1972-74).

Who has the most NCAA tournament wins without a title? ›

The schools with the most NCAA Tournament wins, without a title, are OU (41), Illinois (40), Notre Dame (37), Texas (35), Purdue (34), Kansas State (33) and Temple (33). Here are the schools with at least 10 NCAA Tournament victories: Kentucky 121-49.

Why is CWS always in Omaha? ›

The first College World Series took place in Kalamazoo, Michigan (1947). In 1949, the location moved to Wichita, Kansas, before making its final home in Omaha, Nebraska in 1950. Several businessmen in Omaha, led by Johnny Rosenblatt, were very instrumental in bringing the College World Series to their town.

Has Florida ever won the College World Series? ›

Yes, the Gators won the 2017 NCAA national championship, the first in program history in baseball. Florida earned a national No. 3 overall seed. The Gators went 3-1 in the Gainesville Regional before beating Wake Forest 2-1 in the Gainesville Super Regional to advance to the CWS.

Has Kentucky ever won the College World Series? ›

Guess which one was Kentucky. Sure, No. 69, 15 homers behind next lowest North Carolina State and 91 behind Tennessee. So how do the Wildcats win their first-ever World Series game Saturday? They hit three homers, even with a stiff wind blowing in.

Which city hosts the College World Series every year? ›

The eight winners of the super regionals head to the MCWS in Omaha. They are split into two double-elimination brackets, consisting of four teams each. The winners of the two MCWS brackets meet in the MCWS Finals, a best-of-three series to decide the NCAA champion.

Who pitched in a College World Series and World Series in the same year? ›

Finnegan became the first player to play in a College World Series and an MLB World Series in the same year when he took the mound in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants. Finnegan took the loss in Game 4, allowing five runs in one inning of work.

Who are the biggest World Series champions? ›


The Yankees were World Series champions in 1923, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009.

What coach has the most World Series? ›

Joe McCarthy and Casey Stengel are the most successful World Series managers in history, having both guided teams to seven World Series championships. Joe McCarthy led his New York Yankees team to seven titles between 1931 and 1946.

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