- Vanderbilt is the -125 moneyline favorite over Mississippi State in Game 3 of the College World Series.
OMAHA, Neb. – With the College World Series final tied at one game apiece, Game 3 on Wednesday night is for all the marbles. Vanderbilt will look to repeat as champions as the 2020 tournament was canceled while Mississippi State will try to win its first-ever national title.
College World Series Game 3 Betting Odds
Moneyline: VAN -125, MSST +105
Spread: VAN -1.5 +165, MSST +1.5 -190
Total: O/U 7.5
How Vanderbilt Repeats As Champions
If the Vanderbilt Commodores is going to repeat as national champions, it’s likely going to be done through their arms, both the starter and relievers. Kumar Rocker, the No. 6 ranked draft prospect, is projected to take the mound for Vanderbilt with all eyes on him to make his last collegiate start a good one.
However, the bullpen is elite as well. Vandy noticeably didn’t use their top relievers in Game 2 after falling behind in an effort to keep them rested for Game 3. The bullpen helped put Vanderbilt seventh in the NCAA in team ERA (.3.39) and second in WHIP (1.10).
This isn’t to say that Vanderbilt is bad at the plate, but any legal sports betting fan backing the Commodores should note that they are putting their faith, and money, into the pitching staff.
How Mississippi State Wins Their First Team Title
As cliché as it may sound, the Bulldogs need to ride the momentum from Game 2’s 8-2 victory into the early stages of Game 3. If Mississippi State is able to get a lead early it could prove huge for both the team and bettors alike.
Although the entire season has come down to just one game, it just feels like the Bulldogs are bigger underdogs than what the odds say. Regardless, anyone betting on college baseball has the opportunity to grab Miss St. at plus-money value.
If Mississippi State falls behind early, it could be tough to get the momentum back as the team, while probably telling themselves it’s a level playing field, knows the collegiate baseball juggernaut they’re going up against.
Nick is a sports writer and die-hard sports fan. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Broadcast/Journalism. In his free time, he enjoys kicking back and relaxing with a good video game.