Oral Roberts vs TCU Odds & Pick: Bet Underdog in College World Series Matchup
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- The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles take on the TCU Horned Frogs in the opening game of the 2023 College World Series on Friday.
- The Golden Eagles enter as underdogs, but there may be betting value on them to advance to the winners' bracket.
- Read on for Collin Wilson's full Oral Roberts vs. TCU betting breakdown, including odds and a pick.
Oral Roberts vs TCU Odds
|Oral Roberts Odds|
-125 / -103
-125 / -103
Get Cinderella’s slipper shined up because either TCU or Oral Roberts will be playing in the College World Series winners' bracket. Neither team hosted a Regional, but both entered the postseason on a winning streak.
The Golden Eagles soared in Stillwater before heading to Eugene, losing a heartbreaker in Game 1 after building an eight-run lead. No team in Super Regional history had dropped a lead that large before ORU.
No worries for the praying hands of Tulsa, as head coach Ryan Folmar led the Summit League champions to a comeback by taking the next two from Oregon to advance.
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Oral Roberts has the statistics where it matters, ranking as the best overall team in college baseball when it comes to fielding percentage. A staff ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio in the national top 20 complement a lineup that ranks top-20 in slugging and on-base percentage.
The Golden Eagles don't have the highest RPI at 62nd, but they've eliminated enough Power Five teams to be a threat.
There's big-stage experience on the roster, as outfielder Matt Hogan previously played at Vanderbilt and South Carolina. Also keep an eye on Jonah Cox’s 47-game hitting streak as a storyline throughout Bracket 2.
Meanwhile, the season-long numbers for TCU don't fit the team that's currently in the field.
The Horned Frogs sit outside the top 50 in slugging and home runs per nine, but a bevy of dingers have assisted in wins throughout the postseason.
TCU doubled the runs of Indiana State in the Supers while posting 44 runs in three games during the Fayetteville Regional.
The difference in these two squads comes down to pitching, where there's a massive advantage for Oral Roberts. As previously mentioned, there's a direct correlation between strikeout-to-walk ratio and a team winning the College World Series. While Oral Roberts ranks 16th in that area, TCU comes in at 71st with a bullpen ERA, FIP and xFIP average 1.1 higher than its counterpart.
The Horned Frogs have caught all the attention for their offense, but the pitching has been suspect, as Cam Brown and Kole Klecker average fewer innings per start than any other team in Omaha.
As with most teams that excel in home runs, Charles Schwab Field could be the equalizer to a hot offense. Pitching wins championships in Omaha, and in this specific case, Oral Roberts will push into the winners' bracket while captivating America.
Jakob Hall is expected to get the opening start, with odds of -190 against Klecker or Brown. The market continues to price the Golden Eagles inaccurately, leaving investors in the care of the praying hands of South Tulsa.