The Washington Huskies have made a Cinderella run to the College World Series and hope the glass slipper fits for a while longer. The Huskies entered the NCAA baseball tournament as just a No. 3 seed but have pulled off upsets galore to get here. They will begin their run in the double elimination College World Series with a first-game matchup against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Neither team is a national seed and one is guaranteed to get off to a quick start. Both teams would love to keep it rolling and advance to the best-of-three national championship series. The game is played at a neutral site in Omaha so each side has an even draw there and the oddsmakers believe Mississippi State is slightly more talented, pegging the Bulldogs as the favorites.
It’s always fun to root for the underdog and Washington could be a crowd favorite at the College World Series in NCAA baseball odds.
The College World Series matchup between the Washington Huskies and Mississippi State Bulldogs will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The game will take place on Saturday, June 16th, 2018, at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
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Mississippi State is heading into this matchup as the slight -160 favorites. When the spread is bumped up to 1.5 runs the Bulldogs are the underdogs at +140, with the Huskies listed at -160 to lose by one run or win the opener.
The scoring total is listed at 10.5 runs and the “under” is listed as the -125 favorite in this contest.
The Road To Omaha
Washington was the No. 3 seed in its regional, which featured favored Coastal Carolina as the top seed, Connecticut as the No. 2 seed and LIU Brooklyn as the No. 4 seed. The Huskies won their opener over Connecticut, knocked off Coastal Carolina and then beat UConn once again to advance to the Super Regionals.
Washington was the underdog against Cal State Fullerton, won the first game, lost the second and then captured a thrilling 6-5 win in 10 innings in the rubber match to punch its ticket to the College World Series.
Mississippi State was the No. 2 seed in its regional, as Florida State was the favorite, with Oklahoma the No. 3 seed and Samford the No. 4 seed. The Bulldogs actually lose their first game of the regional but bounced back to defeat top-seeded Florida State to keep their season alive, and then knocked off Samford and Oklahoma twice to make it to the Super Regionals.
The Bulldogs faced off against Vanderbilt with a trip to the College World Series on the line. They won the first game but the Commodores tied things up with a 4-3 victory in Game 2. Mississippi State also went to extra innings in its rubber match, capturing a 10-6 win to move on to Omaha.
Free College World Series Picks
Washington is the underdog again but that hasn’t stopped it from knocking off favored foes throughout the postseason. However, that run will stop here. The Bulldogs have the superior body of work and should be able to capture a crucial victory in their first game of the College World Series. Mississippi State is an underdog in the 1.5-run spread but should be able to cover that.
Take the Bulldogs to get off to a nice start in the College World Series. Washington won’t be done yet since the College World Series is double elimination but this will certainly put a dent in its chances of keeping this Cinderella run alive in College Baseball betting lines.
College World Series ATS Pick: Mississippi State 7, Washington 4
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