The Arkansas Razorbacks are among the top seeds left in the NCAA baseball tournament as it shifts to Omaha for the College World Series. While defending champion Florida and Oregon State are commonly looked upon as the favorites, don’t discount the chances of the Razorbacks. They will open the double-elimination tournament with a matchup against the Texas Longhorns.
Arkansas went 44-19 in the regular season and finished in 18-12 place in the SEC. The Razorbacks boast four different players with 13 home runs or more, as Casey Martin, Carson Shaddy, Heston Kjerstad and Eric Cole hope to lead the offense to a solid showing in the CWS.
Texas went 42-21 on the season and went 17-7 in Big 12 Conference play. Texas has the most potent bat in the game as Kody Clemens is hitting .356 on the season with 24 homers and 72 RBIs. The Longhorns are the underdogs in this matchup and the winner gets a huge boost in the goal of making it to the national championship series. The loser stays alive but will then be facing an uphill battle moving forward.
The Razorbacks would love to take care of business but they are not huge favorites to this one seemingly could go either way in college baseball wagering.
The College World Series matchup between the Arkansas Razorbacks and Texas Longhorns will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The game will take place on Sunday, June 17th, 2018, at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
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The Razorbacks are listed as -170 favorites on the moneyline to win this game and remain in the winner’s bracket at the College World Series. Texas is the +150 underdog.
Texas is the -150 favorite to cover a +1.5-run spread, while the Razorbacks are the +130 underdogs to win by two runs or more. The scoring total is listed at 8.5 runs as the oddsmakers believe there will be a pitcher’s duel in this one.
Arkansas boasts Blaine Knight, who has a 12-0 record on the season with a 2.84 ERA and he could get the nod in the opener.
The Road To Omaha
Texas had an easy time in its regional, going 3-0 with wins over Texas Southern, Texas A&M and Indiana, with only the win over the Hoosiers a close margin. The Longhorns faced off against Tennessee Tech in the Super Regionals and dropped the opener before rallying for two straight wins to advance.
Arkansas cruised through its regional, knocking off Oral Roberts, Southern Miss and Dallas Baptist in succession to advance to the Super Regionals. The Razorbacks hosted the South Carolina Gamecocks with a trip to Omaha on the line and were pushed to three games before emerging victorious.
Arkansas won the opener by a score of 9-3 before South Carolina pulled even with an 8-5 win. The Razorbacks dominated with a 14-4 victory to advance.
Free College World Series Picks
Texas has a solid team and a big bat in Clemens but Arkansas has a big-time hurler slated to start. Look for the Razorbacks to ride Knight’s arm to a critical victory. Arkansas is the choice to not only win this game but also cover the 1.5-run spread in College World Series gambling.
College World Series ATS Pick: Arkansas 6, Texas 3
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