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The Daily Sweat: Texas begins College World Series play as co-favorite to win it all

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When Tennessee lost the NCAA Baseball Super Regional Championship, it changed the outlook for the entire College World Series.

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The Volunteers were the clear favorite to win it all, nearly on top of just about any major Division I team statistic this season. They were 57-9 this season but missed out on Omaha due to a loss to Notre Dame.

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All of a sudden, all the other teams felt more optimistic. In the College World Series, an eight-team field is wide open, with no team having less than +400 chance of winning. at BetMGM and no command is longer than +800.

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One team that is doing much better is Texas. The Longhorns, along with Stanford, are favorites to win the championship. Texas’s march to the title begins Friday night as it collides with Notre Dame. Texas has -125 favorites in the first leg. Another game on Friday is Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M. Oklahoma is the -135 favorite.

Texas is hitting well. The Longhorns have a .318 batting average, making them the fifth best in Division I. They are tied for third in Division I with 128 home runs. They are led by first baseman Ivan Melendez, who has had an incredible season. He hit .396 with 32 homers and 94 RBI, leading college baseball in the last two categories. He is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the best college baseball player.

Texas gets Notre Dame, which has a good pitching staff and is fresh out of Tennessee. The Irish are hot in Omaha. But Texas should feel pretty good about its chances, especially with off-field volunteers.

Texas Longhorns first baseman Ivan Melendez (17) had a phenomenal season.  (Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Texas Longhorns first baseman Ivan Melendez (17) had a phenomenal season. (Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Here’s a first look at Friday’s sports betting list:

The US Open continues

Rory McIlroy woke up on Friday as the big favorite to win the US Open. He was +450 odds and no other golfer was below 11-to-l. McIlroy was 3 under par in the first round on Thursday, which is good for second place. McIlroy kicks off at 1:25 pm ET Friday.

There is also professional baseball.

MLB has 16 games scheduled for Friday. There are a couple of afternoon games including game 1 doubleheader between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals.

Two long winning streaks are at stake. The Atlanta Braves have won 14 games in a row and have 185 favorites against the Chicago Cubs in another Friday afternoon game. The New York Yankees have seven wins in a row, continuing their torrid start to the season, and they are -110 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Taking the Yankees at -110 or higher seems like it should be an automatic game this season.

What’s the best bet?

The Milwaukee Brewers have been bad lately, but they only have 115 favorites against the Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers will have to beat Reds rookie pitcher Hunter Green, who has been great lately, but Milwaukee has been the best team this season and needs to start winning again to keep up with the St. Louis Cardinals in NL Central.


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