2021 College World Series preview: Tennessee vs. Texas betting odds, picks, analysis, more

 Staff   in Baseball

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Here are the resources you need for Tennessee vs. Texas on June 22 at the 2021 College World Series.

Tennessee vs. Texas betting odds (via DraftKings)

Run Line: Tennessee +1.5 (-170), Texas - 1.5 (+150)

Over/Under: 8.5

Moneyline: Texas -120, Tennessee +100

Projected starting pitchers

Tennessee: Blade Tidwell (R), 10-3, 3.57 ERA, 95.2 IP, 1.24 BRIP, 9% FP, 22% K 

Texas: Tristan Stevens (R) 103 IP, 11-3, 2.97 ERA, 1.13 BRIP, 6% FP, 18% K

Tennessee held scoreless in loss to Virginia

UT starter Chad Dallas (11-2) allowed four runs and eight hits in six-plus innings in the Vols first loss in the NCAA Tournament. The Vol righty kept his pitch count down throughout the day, but his teammates couldn't provide support.

Tennessee, who had hit 16 home runs in the NCAA Tournament, was shutout for the third time this season and managed only six singles on Sunday. 

The Vols were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.

Read our in-depth College World Series preview for Tennessee at this link.

Texas can't crack Mississippi State's stellar pitching

Mississippi State set the College World Series single-game record with 21 strikeouts, but had to survive a shaky bottom of the ninth to hold off Texas 2-1 in the final game of the opening round at the College World Series. 

MSU (21) and Texas (12) combined for a CWS record 33 strikeouts. 

Texas’ 6-9 hitters went 0-for-12 with 10 strikeouts.

Texas (47-16) hitters have struck out 537 times this season, three fewer than the Longhorn pitchers (540) have recorded.

In two games with MSU this season, Texas struck out 40 times. 

Read our in-depth College World Series preview for Texas at this link.

Southeastern 14's Game Pick for Tennessee vs. Texas

Tennessee simply needs to get its offense going. 

Luckily for Tony Vitello's team, Texas is 3-4 against SEC teams this season, scoring five total runs in the losses. Additionally, the Longhorns are 4-9 in their last 13 games in Omaha. 

It's also worth noting that the Vols are 15-1 this season after a loss. That's certainly an impressive trend.

This is a toss-up from a matchup standpoint, but the numbers seem to favor the Vols.

Pick: Tennessee

Southeastern 14's Best Bet for Tennessee vs. Texas

Pick: Under 8.5

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