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Texas AM vs Rice betting preview, Manziel?

Whether he plays or not, all eyes will be on Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner’s status is in question after allegations surfaced that he took money in exchange for his autograph. The NCAA investigated, and Manziel will miss the first half.

True freshman Kenny Hill appears to be the favorite to step in. Rice is one of the most experienced teams in the nation, returning 19 starters.

Quarterback Taylor McHargue is a hidden star and put up big numbers last season. The Owls are 10-15 against the spread in non-conference play under coach David Bailiff.

Rice has been tough as an underdog lately, winning three in a row SU and going 6-1-1 ATS in eight. But 28 points?

View Rice vs Texas AM Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Bettors looking to back the visiting Owls in this one found them as 28-point underdogs on the opening college football point spread at Bovada. The total has remained off the board due to Manziel's questionable status, although one (BetOnline) had it a 71.5 this week.

Rice Owls Trends:
When playing in August are 1-3
When playing on grass are 2-8
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing outside the conference are 4-6

Texas A&M Aggies Trends:
When playing in August are 2-2
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing outside the conference are 8-2

A few Owls at Aggies trends to consider:
Rice is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Rice's last 25 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Rice's last 9 games
Rice is 4-20 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Texas A&M is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Texas A&M is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Rice home to Kansas, Saturday, September 14
Texas A&M home to Sam Houston State, Saturday, September 7