Wake Forest vs Stanford Odds & Picks: Betting Value on Big College World Series Favorite

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  • The Wake Forest Demon Deacons meet the Stanford Cardinal in a first-round College World Series matchup on Saturday.
  • Wake Forest sat atop the college baseball top 25 for much of the season and now enter as big favorites in Omaha.
  • Check out Collin Wilson's full betting breakdown for the Wake Forest vs. Stanford College World Series game below.

Wake Forest vs Stanford Odds

Saturday, June 17
2 p.m. ET
Wake Forest Odds
MoneylineTotalRun Line
-125 / -106
Stanford Odds
MoneylineTotalRun Line
-125 / -106
Odds via FanDuel.

Does any team want to challenge a No. 1 overall seed that has torn through every opponent? That's the question with regards to Wake Forest, a team that has played the minimum five games in the past two weekends with a +59 run differential.

The Demon Deacons love to hit bombs, as Nick Kurtz and Brock Wilken have combined for 54 on the season. The biggest question is if power will be enough at spacious Charles Schwab Field. Wake Forest ranks top-10 in slugging, on-base and scoring thanks in part to the small confines of David F. Couch Ballpark.

One thing that's not in question is the quality of starting pitchers Rhett Lowder and Josh Hartle.

Lowder has yet to lose a game this season, taking a 15-0 record with a sub-2 ERA into Omaha. The Deacs own the best staff ERA, FIP and xFIP of any team remaining, justifying the high odds on the board to back Wake.

Stanford reached Omaha thanks to a fielding error by Texas in the Super Regional.

After an opening loss to the Longhorns, the Cardinal received a gem from ace Quinn Mathews in Game 2. The senior mowed down Texas in a 16-strikeout complete game on Sunday, but the victory came at a cost of 156 pitches. Now, questions remain as to who the opening-game starter will be for Stanford.

Stanford pitcher Quinn Mathews threw 156 pitches in a win last night 😳

He finished the game with 16 strikeoutspic.twitter.com/P6FqkBfj8S

— Action Network Colleges (@ActionColleges) June 12, 2023

The opening number for this head-to-head matchup is Wake Forest -210, a number that shows plenty of value on the Demon Deacons. No matter the starting pitcher combination — Quinn Mathews or Joey Dixon for Stanford against Rhett Lowder or Josh Hartle for Wake Forest — the projected odds float from -265 to -460.

There's a stark contrast between these two teams in terms of runs per game and bullpen ERA, all in favor of the Cardinal. Keep an eye on any inflated totals; there's no wind over 10 mph projected during the first week of play in Omaha.

-260 or Better

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