College Football Betting – 2007 Rice Owls Preview

The 2006 Rice Owls 12-1 overall, 7-1 Big Ten were one of the favorite team of college football betting players going 9-2-1 against the football betting pointspread.

College football betting fans see that the 2007 Rice Owls will begin with a new coach for the second time in two years as Todd Graham is out taking the Tulsa job and former Texas State coach David Bailiff is in. Last year was a major surprise for college football betting fans as Rice went 7-6 straight up and 9-4 against the football betting lines. NCAA College football betting fans know that the Rice Owls have receiver Jarett Dillard returning and new offensive coordinator Tom Herman should keep him busy. NCAA Football betting players see that QB Chase Clement is also back so Rice should put points on the board.

College football betting fans know that they do need to replace Quinton Smith, last year’s 1,000-yard rusher. Rice has 15 starters returning for 2007. College football betting fans know that the defense is a problem again for Rice. College football betting fans see that they finished last in the league in yards allowed last year.  The defense is a pressure defense but gives up too many big plays. College football betting fans know that Brian Raines is back after leading the Owls in tackling in 2006. College football betting fans know that the Owls do return Ja’Corey Shepherd and Brandon King, who were both solid corners and All C-USA safety Andrew Sendejo should help.

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College football betting fans see that the schedule is tough early but manageable late for Rice in 2007. Football betting players see that the Owls have to go to Texas and also have Southern Miss from the East and Houston from the West. College football betting fans know that the best offensive player is junior WR Jarett Dillard. He had a monster 91 catch, 1,247-yard, 21 touchdown season. College football betting fans see that the best defensive player is junior LB Brian Raines.

College football betting fans know that the Owls could get to a six win season if things go right in 2007. College football betting fans know that the last two games at home against Tulane and Tulsa will be critical. College football betting fans see that the team should start with a home win against Nicholls State. Football betting fans see that the game at Baylor is winnable. College football betting fans see that the home game against Texas Tech is probably a loss as are the games at Texas, Southern Miss and Houston. That would put rice at 2-4 or 1-5 which shows how important the road game at Baylor will be. They then have toss-up games at home against Memphis, at Marshall, home against UTEP, at SMU, and then the two home games to end the year against Tulane and Tulsa. Football betting fans think Rice could win anywhere two to six games this season depending upon how well the defense plays.

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