In a typical opening weekend matchup of college football betting superpower versus college football betting minnow, it’s not difficult to figure out which team is the superpower and which team is the minnow when the University of Texas Longhorns travel to Houston to play the Rice University in the season opener.
Sports betting fans need only look at the betting line to see how this game is going to go down.
Kickoff for this Saturday matchup is set for 3:35 Eastern Time and sbg global opened with the ‘Horns as a 31-point favorite with an over/under total at 57.
Thirty-one points is a lot, but many accounts, that might even be a conservative estimate. Consider for a moment that Texas was the national champion runner-up last season losing to Alabama in the BCS National Championship game and will begin the 2010 NCAA football betting action ranked #5 in the nation. Rice on the other hand is coming off a 2-10 season in which the team’s average margin of defeat was nearly 30 points.
In fact the last time this team stepped on a football field it was humiliated by the Houston Cougars 73-14. Other low lights for the Owls last season also include ranking next to last in rushing TDs given up last season (36 TDs) and giving up 471 rushing yards in one game to Navy.
If you add a beefed up Texas running game to this equation you have the perfect recipe for a blow out of Texas proportions. Everything in Texas is bigger, including the college football beat downs.
But the Horn’s will have a few questions to answer in this opener as they’ll start their first game in four years without the winningest QB in college football history, the departed Colt McCoy.
Garrett Gilbert will take over starting duties and with a name like that should be starting for the Dallas Cowboys one day. Gilbert is nowhere near as comfortable with the offense as McCoy was and head coach Mac Brown will likely keep it simple the first games and instead hand the ball off to his massive starting tailback.
RB Cody Johnson tips the scales at an impressive 250 lbs and should tip over plenty of Rice defenders upon initial contact. Johnson could rush for 100-yards in the first quarter alone against this porous run defense and should be the lead contributor in this blowout.