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.