The Florida Gators are the defending national champions of the college baseball world and have their sights on another title. Florida has made it back to the College World Series as the No. 1 overall seed and are aiming to make it to the national championship series. The Gators will begin their Omaha journey with a matchup against talented foe the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Florida is one of the favorites to win the national championship and a win in the opening game would be a big help in this double-elimination section of the tournament. The Gators wouldn’t be done with a loss but it’s a tough road fighting through the loser’s bracket. The Red Raiders are slight underdogs in this game but have a solid team themselves, so a win isn’t out of reach in College Baseball betting.
The College World Series matchup between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Florida Gators will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The game will take place on Sunday, June 17th, 2018, at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
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Florida enters this contest as the -145 favorite to come away with the victory. The Red Raiders are listed as the +125 underdogs. Texas Tech is the favorite against the +1.5 spread, being wagered on at -170 to lose the game by one run or come away with the victory. The Gators are +150 underdogs to win by two runs or more.
The scoring total is listed at 10.5 runs, with the “over” the more popular play as this one could be an entertaining ballgame between a pair of high-powered offenses.
The Road To Omaha
Florida had a bit of a scare in both the regionals and super regionals. The Gators lost a Regional Final game to No. 3 seed Florida Atlantic to force a winner-take-all contest but did come away with a 5-2 win to make it to the Super Regionals.
The Gators faced off against the Auburn Tigers with a trip to Omaha on the line. Florida won the first game, 8-2, but fell in Game 2 by a score of 3-2. That set up another rubber match and Florida responded with a 3-2 win in 11 innings to advance back to the College World Series and keep alive their dreams of back-to-back national titles.
Texas Tech cruised through its regional with wins over New México State and Louisville twice to face off against Duke in the Super Regionals. Texas Tech won the first game, 6-4, got blown out in the second but captured a 6-2 victory in the do-or-die Game 3 to punch its ticket.
Free College World Series Picks
Florida will be a popular pick to win the national championship but the Gators had some trouble earlier in the tournament and are running into a Texas Tech team with some solid momentum. Take the Red Raiders to pull the upset to put the Gators on the ropes early on in the College World Series. The “over” is the pick as this could be an entertaining opening round showdown in college baseball betting.
College World Series ATS Pick: Texas Tech 8, Florida 5
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