Texas vs. Mississippi State Odds, Picks, Predictions: How to Bet College World Series (June 20)

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  • The Texas Longhorns kick off another College World Series appearance on Sunday as they take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • The Longhorns are the highest remaining seed in the field and bring in some superb picthing, but Collin Wilson sees value on the underdog in this Game 1 matchup.
  • Check out Wilson's full betting guide complete with updated odds, a pick, and a prediction below.

Texas vs. Mississippi State Odds

Texas Odds -162
Mississippi State Odds +130
Over/Under 8.5 (-122 / +100)
Time Sunday, 7 p.m. ET
TV ESPN2
Odds as of Friday afternoon and via DraftKings.

Projected Starting Pitchers

Ty Madden (Texas) vs. Will Bednar (Mississippi State)

Welcome to the main event of the first round of the College World Series.

Mississippi State leads the nation in strikeouts per nine innings with a loaded starting staff and the best closer in Omaha. Landon Sims has faced 139 batters this season and stuck out 85 of them.

Landon Sims, Back to Back Unfair Sliders. 😳#Simsbrel pic.twitter.com/jIT2rD4OTY

— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 15, 2021

Freshman Will Bednar is expected to get the start after giving up four earned runs and lasting just three innings in the opener against Notre Dame.

This is a deep staff that can pivot to Preston Johnson or Chase Patrick for long relief to get to Sims. The question remains whether or not Texas will have enough offensive firepower to handle the Bulldog staff.

The Longhorns struggled in the opener of the supers against South Florida pitching, specifically Bulls starter Jack Jasiak, who averaged less than a strikeout per inning.

Texas must have sophomore Ty Madden own the pitching mound with his 2.41 ERA and ability to go over 100 pitches.

The Action Network projection to determine a college baseball number integrates staff FIP, starter splits, fielding percentage and home runs per nine.

The true line in this game is -110 both ways, showing value on Mississippi State in the current market.

This game was played in Arlington back on February 20, and Madden took the loss. The Bulldogs not only have the advantage in the market number, but they also boast the experience of seeing Madden’s arsenal in recent play.

Pick: Mississippi State +120 or better

2021 College World Series Betting Guide

Collin Wilson’s game-by-game projections

Betting analysis for all 4 opening matchups

Bracket predictions and futures recommendations

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