Bet the Gators in Game 1 of the College World Series Finals

  • The Florida Gators are -145 moneyline favorites against the LSU Tigers in Game 1 of the College World Series finals.
  • Game 1 of the College World Series finals has a total set at 10.0 runs, with -115 odds for the over and under.

OMAHA, Neb. – The Florida Gators and LSU Tigers faceoff in the College World Series finals with Florida representing as the favorite with -145 moneyline odds. Florida has the advantage in Game 1, with their top two starting pitchers available on full rest.

This year’s finals feature a rematch of the 2017 College World Series finals, with the Gators defeating the Tigers in two games for their first national baseball title in the school’s history. The 1.5-run line is in favor of Florida, with +140 odds to cover that spread.

Florida Gators Vs LSU Tigers College World Series Betting

Team: Moneyline: Spread: Total:
Florida Gators -1.5 (+140) -145 O10.0 (-115)
LSU Tigers +1.5 (-185) +110 U10.0 (-115)

The Florida Gators will play Game 1 on three full days of rest, while the LSU Tigers had to play four straight games from Monday to Thursday. Florida’s -145 odds at college baseball betting sites are influenced by the pitching availabilities of each team.

Florida’s ace Brandon Sproat and co-ace Hurtson Waldrep are in line to start the first two games, who both haven’t pitched in over five days. Meanwhile, LSU will have to rely on projected Game 1 starter Ty Floyd and their deep bullpen to have success in the finals.

The under at 10.0 has great value despite both teams possessing potent offensive power. The last 11 College World Series games failed to go over a 10.0 run total.

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Paul Skenes Availability a Major Factor for Betting Odds

LSU has the best pitcher in the country, but may not be able to use him in the College World Series finals. Paul Skenes threw 120 pitches across eight scoreless innings in Thursday’s win against Wake Forest.

With games on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (if necessary), Skenes’ only opportunity to pitch may be in an emergency situation out of the bullpen. Skenes made his first start all season off of four days of rest instead of five on Thursday, but with Skenes likely to be selected second overall in the MLB Draft, it’s doubtful that he would risk his professional career and start a potential Game 3.

As a result, both teams have -110 odds at online sportsbooks to win the College World Series. If Skenes was available to start, the odds would likely favor LSU as Paul Skenes has a 13-2 record this season.