College World Series Odds, Picks: Tuesday’s Best Bets for Tennessee vs. LSU, Oral Roberts vs. TCU

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  • The College World Series continues Tuesday with another two games.
  • The final matchup of the two — an elimination game between Tennessee and LSU — should be tightly contested.
  • Doug Ziefel breaks down his NCAA baseball best bets for Tennessee vs. LSU and Oral Roberts vs. TCU below.

This year's College World Series has lived up to the hype. Every game has been exciting, and drama has taken center stage nearly every step of the way.

What's even better is that today's matchups should be excellent, too. Each game today is an elimination game, and we should see each club's best effort as they fight to keep their national title dreams alive.

So, where does the College World Series betting value lie on this NCAA baseball Tuesday? Let's dive in.

TCU vs. Oral Roberts Odds

Tuesday, June 20
2 p.m. ET
TCU Odds
MoneylineTotalRun Line
-105 / -125
Oral Roberts Odds
MoneylineTotalRun Line
-105 / -125
Odds via DraftKings.
Check out Collin Wilson's projections for more ways to bet today's games.

TCU Horned Frogs

After their crushing loss in Game 1, the Horned Frogs bounced back and upset Virginia to keep their season alive. Now, they'll get a shot to move onto the semifinals, but they'll have to vanquish Cinderella to get there.

While the power has died down for TCU, its lineup has still been swinging the bats well in Omaha, hitting .300 as a team through its first two games.

However, the Frogs may need to pick it up even more at the dish as they'll be up against Brooks Fowler this afternoon.

Fowler hasn't pitched since June 11 against Oregon, but the sophomore right-hander has had a solid season. He enters this start with a 3.27 ERA and .226 BAA. However, Fowler isn't a pitcher who will work deep; he's thrown exactly five innings in eight of his last nine starts.

That means this game will likely fall into the hands of the Oral Roberts bullpen, which to its credit, has been much better in Omaha after struggling in Eugene.

In the end, TCU's bats may have gotten going against Virginia, but an explosive game against the Oral Roberts staff is unlikely.

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles have certainly brought their magic act to Omaha, and their first two games are proof. They kicked off the College World Series with a bang by snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against this TCU team.

They then made Florida sweat, coming a base hit away from erasing a four-run deficit in that matchup. Now they must take down the Horned Frogs again.

Oral Roberts will be up against Cam Brown for at least the first half of this matchup. Brown comes into this outing with a 5.50 ERA, but that's deceiving to his ability. We've seen him dominate on multiple occasions, and a testament to that is his BAA that sits at .203.

In addition to Brown, the Golden Eagles will have their hands full with this TCU bullpen. Yes, the Frogs' pen coughed up the lead in the first matchup, but this bullpen is underrated. Multiple TCU relievers hold ERAs under four, and they should all be available for this matchup.

TCU vs. Oral Roberts Betting Pick

While this is normally the time in tournament formats when pitching gets stretched thin, that will not be the case in this matchup. Both teams will throw a very capable No. 3 starter, and each bullpen will have their top arms relatively fresh.

This matchup should be tight as each team will do everything it can to keep the game from getting out of hand. That will lead to a lower-scoring affair.

Pick: Under 12 (Play to 11.5)

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LSU vs. Tennessee Odds

Tuesday, June 20
7 p.m. ET
LSU Odds
MoneylineTotalRun Line
-125 / -105
Tennessee Odds
MoneylineTotalRun Line
-125 / -105
Odds via Caesars.
Check out Collin Wilson's projections for more ways to bet today's games.

LSU Tigers

After providing decent run support for Paul Skenes in its first game, this prolific LSU lineup was held in check by Wake Forest yesterday. I mentioned how the Tigers had struggled with left-handed pitching, and that was the case as they failed to square up Josh Hartle consistently and thus failed in multiple scoring opportunities.

However, they must pick themselves up quickly because Tennessee is back with Drew Beam on the mound. Beam has put together a great sophomore campaign, which includes a start in the only game the Vols won over LSU this season.

Beam went four innings in that outing, allowing eight hits and one earned run while striking out four. He received no help from his defense, as the Vols had three errors behind him.

Beam won't be hung out to dry if he gets in trouble here, though, because the Tennesse bullpen is well-rested after Chase Burns' fantastic effort yesterday.

We know the Vols have a very deep pitching staff, which should be on full display tonight.

Tennessee Volunteers

While Burns is getting most of the well-deserved spotlight for yesterday's victory over Stanford, this Tennesse lineup has to be given credit as well. It's a group that has started to click at the right time and is more dangerous as the game progresses.

The Vols rallied for four runs against Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year Quinn Mathews and knocked him out of the game after he cruised through the first few innings. This lineup has proven on multiple occasions that it's great at making adjustments throughout the game, and the majority of its production has come when it faces a starter the second or third time through.

Tenneesse may not get the opportunity to see the same arm twice in this game, as LSU doesn't have a concrete third starter. Tigers head coach Jay Johnson said they would have nine different arms available for this game.

It may seem like an issue for Tennessee, but we must remember that this LSU bullpen is not one to be trusted. Plus, the Vols have already done damage against them in the College World Series.

LSU vs. Tennessee Betting Pick

The Vols have a tremendous edge on the mound in this matchup with a legit starter and a fully-rested bullpen to help contain this potent LSU lineup.

That pitching edge will also play out in the other half of innings, as this LSU bullpen cannot be trusted. The Vols know the Tigers' go-to bullpen arms very well and will get to them again tonight.

Back Tennessee to advance to the semifinals tonight.

Pick: Tennessee -120 (Play to -135)

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