The college baseball season has been narrowed down to two teams, and on Saturday the Ole Miss Rebels and Oklahoma Sooners commence the finals of the 2022 College World Series with Game 1 of the best-of-three series at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Neb. The Rebels (43-23) have taken an unlikely journey to get to this point; they were the last at-large team selected into the 64-team field. Like Ole Miss, the Sooners (45-22) had to overcome some struggles in the regular season to even get to the NCAA Tournament.
First pitch is set for 7 p.m. ET. The Sooners are listed as the -170 favorites in the latest Oklahoma vs. Ole Miss odds from Caesars Sportsbook while the Rebels are +140 underdogs. The over-under for total runs is 10.5. Before making any Oklahoma vs. Ole Miss picks or College World Series bets, you need to see what SportsLine baseball expert John Bollman has to say.
Bollman is on a tremendous run picking baseball games for SportsLine. He is 154-122 with his last 276 MLB picks for a profit of $1,398 to $100 bettors. In addition, he went 380-309-1 in 2021, returning $3,855 and finishing as SportsLine's No. 1 baseball expert. He also has gone 9-4 through the first week of the College World Series.
It's no surprise: In 2018 Bollman, who has a master's degree in biostatistics, worked in the Toronto Blue Jays' analytics department, focusing on high-performance sports science and player development. He combines that MLB front-office experience with a deep statistical background to deliver incredible success on picks.
Bollman has turned his attention to Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma on Saturday at the College World Series 2022, and just locked in his picks and CWS final predictions. You can only see his picks at SportsLine. Here are the CWS odds and betting lines for OU vs. Ole Miss in Game 1:
- Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma moneyline: Rebels +140, Sooners -170
- Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma run line: Sooners -1.5 (+130)
- Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma over-under: 10.5 runs
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- MISS: The pitching staff ranks fourth in the country in strikeouts per nine innings (10.9)
- OKLA: The Sooners ranks fourth in Div. I in stolen bases (145)
Why you should back the Rebels
Sophomore righthander Jack Dougherty has been one of the team's most dominant pitchers. The scheduled Game 1 starter, Dougherty has been working in relief since March 26. Since the start of May, he has not allowed a run in 12 innings and has struck out 13 while giving up 10 hits and five walks. On Wednesday, he pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three while walking one against Arkansas.
In addition, Justin Bench has been an offensive spark. The senior from Redington Beach, Fla., has scored 12 runs in the postseason, the third most in the nation. His 10 postseason hits lead the team and rank 10th in the country.
Why you should back the Sooners
Oklahoma has its ace, Jake Bennett, set to start Game 1. The lefthander from Bixby, Okla., is 10-3 with a 3.66 ERA this season. He also earned a save in a regional victory over Florida. Oklahoma is 13-6 this season when Bennett has pitched this season and has won the last seven of those games.
In addition, the Sooners have a rested bullpen entering Game 1. Oklahoma has not played since beating Texas A&M 5-1 on Wednesday, and only one reliever, closer Trevin Michael, appeared in that game. By contrast, Ole Miss used two relievers for two innings apiece in Wednesday's loss to Arkansas.
How to make Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma picks
One of Bollman's picks for Game 1 is under on the total. He also has found a critical X-factor that points to one side of the money line having all of the value. And he has a pick on a team to win the entire series. You absolutely need to see his CWS picks before locking in any of your own.
So which team wins Game 1 between Ole Miss and Oklahoma on Saturday? And which team wins the whole thing? Visit SportsLine now to get all of the College World Series best bets from the SportsLine expert who is up almost $1,400 with his baseball picks, and find out.