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Hawaii Bowl College Football Betting Preview and Pick - Rice Owls Underdogs vs Bulldogs

Fresno State Bulldogs

vs

Rice Owls
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 8:00 PM ET
Aloha Stadium

Fresno State got doubled up 28-14 by Boise State in the Mountain West title game, but it will try and end the season on a high note on Christmas Eve against Rice in this year's Hawaii Bowl. That could be easier said than done, though, given that the Bulldogs are 0-5 both SU and ATS in their last five trips to a bowl.

The Owls finished strong down the stretch in Conference USA with a 7-2 mark ATS in their last nine games, but the concern here is the 76 points they gave up in a lopsided loss to Louisiana Tech in their season finale. The underdogs have covered in six of the last nine Hawaii Bowl games and the total has stayed UNDER in the last three games.

Fresno State Bulldogs vs Rice Owls Opening Odds and Betting Line

Betting fans looking to side with the Rice Owls in this one found them as 2-point underdogs at GTbets.eu. The over under number was slated to open a short time later.

Computer Prediction: Fresno State Bulldogs vs Rice Owls Pick

A 29-26 result in favor of the Bulldogs is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Fresno State Bulldogs vs Rice Owls Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Fresno State Bulldogs will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 7-6 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Rice Owls are 8-4 ATS. Fresno State is 7-6 against the over under total, while Rice is 7-5 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Rice vs Fresno State injuries news.

The game pits the Rice Owls, currently No. 49 in our Odds Shark NCAA Football Power Rankings, against the Fresno State Bulldogs, who rate No. 77 in the latest survey.

How Fresno State Bulldogs vs Rice Owls Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Rice Owls No. 68-ranked offense (28.67 PPG) against a Fresno State Bulldogs defense that ranks No. 101 at 32.62 PPG. The Rice Owls passing attack has averaged 223.58 yards per game, less than the Fresno State Bulldogs give up through the air (248.54 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Fresno State Bulldogs feature the league's No. 108-rated road run defense, allowing 228.71 yards per game. Rice, meanwhile, ranks No. 52 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, Fresno State's aerial attack generated 332 yards but it was the Broncos coming away with a 28-14 victory over Fresno State at Albertsons Stadium.

In Rice's last outing, Driphus Jackson threw for 337 yards in a losing cause against the Bulldogs, 76-31 at Joe Aillet Stadium.

Fresno State Bulldogs vs Rice Owls Betting Odds Trends

Fresno State is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Fresno State's last 9 games
Fresno State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Rice
Rice is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Rice is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Rice is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Fresno State

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