Ronald Martinez / Getty Images. Pictured: The Texas Longhorns.
- The Texas Longhorns kick off another College World Series appearance on Sunday as they face the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Omaha, Nebraska.
- The Longhorns are the highest seed remaining in the field and bring some great imagery, but Collin Wilson sees the value of the underdog in this Game 1 game.
- Check out Wilson’s full betting guide with updated odds, a pick and prediction below.
Texas vs. Mississippi State Odds
|Mississippi State Ratings||+130|
|More less||8.5 (-122 / +100)|
|Time||Sunday, 7 p.m. ET|
|Quotes Friday afternoon and via DraftKings.|
Projected starting launchers
Ty Madden (Texas) vs. Will Bednar (Mississippi State)
Welcome to the main event of Round 1 of the College World Series.
The state of Mississippi rules the nation in snine-round trikeouts with a busy starting staff and the closest best in Omaha. Landon Sims has faced 139 hitters this season and beat 85.
Freshman Will Bednar is expected to start after allowing four earned runs and only going three innings in the opener against Notre Dame.
This is a deep staff that can pivot towards Preston Johnson or Chase Patrick for a long relief to get to The Sims. The question remains whether Texas will have enough offensive firepower to manage Bulldog staff.
The Longhorns struggled in the Supers’ opener against South Florida pitchers, especially Bulls starter Jack Jasiak, who averages less than one strikeout per set.
Texas must have its second year Ty madden owns the pitcher’s mound with his 2.41 ERA and ability to exceed 100 pitches.
The Action Network projection for determining a college baseball count incorporates staff PIF, starting shares, field percentage and per nine homers.
The real line in this game is -110 in both directions, showing value on the State of Mississippi in the current market.
This game was played in Arlington on February 20 and Madden took the loss. The Bulldogs not only have the edge in the market, but they also have the experience of seeing Madden’s arsenal in a recent game.
Take: Mississippi State +120 or better