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Rice Owls Visit the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Week 1 College Football – Betting Odds and Pick

Rice Owls

vs

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Saturday, August 30, 2014 3:30 PM ET
Notre Dame Stadium

If history repeats itself this weekend, Rice should be able to cover the spread against Notre Dame in the season opener for both schools.

Rice is 7-1 ATS past eight as a road underdog, while the Irish are a money-losing 1-6 ATS in their past seven as double-digit home favorites.

The Owls had a solid season a year ago at 10-4 SU, but they weren’t quite as good ATS at 8-6. They were on a four-game winning streak before getting bombed by Mississippi State 44-7 in the Liberty Bowl as a 7-point favorite.

The Fighting Irish capped off their season last year with a 29-16 win over Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl as a 14.5-point favorite. That dropped their ATS season mark to 5-7-1, which included a lousy 2-5-1 record as the favorite. They were also a disappointing 3-4 ATS at home.

Rice Owls vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Opening Odds and Betting Line

The Rice Owls were listed as 24.5-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at Bovada and most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark. The total was 51 over at BetOnline midweek.

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Computer Prediction: Rice Owls vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Pick

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 29-28 victory for the Owls. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Rice Owls vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 9-4 overall and 5-7-1 ATS against the spread, while the Owls are 10-4 and 8-6 ATS. As for the totals, Notre Dame is 5-8 on the OU, and Rice is 7-7 Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Notre Dame vs Rice injuries news.

The game pits the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, currently No. 48 in our Odds Shark NCAA Football Power Rankings, against the Rice Owls, who rate No. 32 in the latest survey.

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How Rice Owls vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Notre Dame Fighting Irish No. 74-ranked offense (27.23 PPG) against a Rice Owls defense that ranks No. 42 at 24.43 PPG. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish passing attack has averaged 254.85 yards per game, more than the Rice Owls give up through the air (203.07 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Rice Owls feature the league's No. 70-rated road run defense, allowing 179.17 yards per game. Notre Dame, meanwhile, ranks No. 52 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Rice was a 44-7 loser in its last match at home against Mississippi State. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 51 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Last time out, Rice could not slow down Jameon Lewis, who managed 220 receiving yards in the Bulldogs 44-7 victory over the Owls Tuesday.

In their last action, Notre Dame was a 29-16 winner at home against Rutgers. They failed to cover the 14.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (45) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. In their last game, Notre Dame's aerial attack generated 319 yards and the Fighting Irish came away with a 29-16 victory over Rutgers at Yankee Stadium.

Next Betting Matchups

Rice at Texas A&M, Saturday, September 13th
Notre Dame home to Michigan, Saturday, September 6th