How do you replace the winningest QB in NCAA football betting history? With a Garret Gilbert, of course. At least that’s the thinking of University of Texas Longhorn coach Mac Brown.
Gilbert will take over the offense that for the past four years was led by QB and Texas legend, Colt McCoy, with great success. He’ll get his first start against the Rice University Owls this weekend, but there should be little pressure as Brown himself could play the game under center and the ‘Horns would still win.
Rice may produce fine doctors and lawyers and engineers but it’s not much in the way of a football factory. This team is coming off a 2-10 win season in which most of the losses were by multiple TDs. It was a Conference USA whipping boy in the 2009 college football betting season and it looks to reprise that role again in the 2010 college football betting season.
Granted, the ‘Horns should have a few kinks to work as the offense will be featuring not only a new starting QB, but also tailback. Texas’ starting RB, Cody Johnson, at 250 lbs is one of the largest feature backs in the country and he’s already got opposing defense whetting their pants. A man that size is always running down hill and gravity is almost always on his side.
That will be an important aspect of the Texas attack this season as the team will look to throw less and run more as Gilbert acclimates himself to this offense.
This does not bode well for the Owls which were one of the absolutely worst teams against the run last season ranking 102nd in the nationally in yards given up per game, and only defense in the land gave up more rushing TDs (36) than Baylor. In one game alone last season vs. Navy the Owls’ D was shredded for an absurd 471 yards.
You’re probably seeing an ugly storyline developing here and, indeed, this sports betting matchup for Baylor should be a humiliating nightmare.
Kickoff for this Saturday matchup is set for 3:35 Eastern Time and sbg sportsbook opened with the ‘Horns as a 31-point favorite with an over/under total at 57.
That’s one of the widest spreads of the weekend and most likely pretty accurate.