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Week 1: Owls vs Fighting Irish Lines

College Football Week 1 betting action sees the No. 17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish taking on the Rice Owls on Aug. 30, at Notre Dame Stadium. Cappers Picks provides free College football handicapping tips all season long.

The Fighting Irish will attempt to put their off field drama behind them and win their 105 season opener, when they kick off the 2014 season in Bend this Saturday against the visiting Owls.

NCAA Football Spreads

When: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at 3:41 p.m. EST
Where: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana
College Football LINE: -20.5 (Notre Dame)
College Football O/U 51
Week 1 Odds Provided By Bovada

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Notre Dame

No. 17 Notre Dame (2013: 9-4) are 104-16-5 in season openers, last losing in 2011 against South Florida.

This season the Irish have high expectations for challenging for the National Championship, and have a legitimate shot at making that come to fruition behind the return of senior quarterback Everett Golson, who was suspended for the 2013 season because of an academic violation.

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Golson threw for over 2,400 yards in 2012, and will be under center for the first time since Notre Dame’s 42-12 loss to Alabama in the 2012 National Championship Game. His return should help the Irish score a lot of points this season, starting on Saturday against the Owls.

However a young and inexperienced defense led by new coordinator Brian VanGorder could be a big problem of the Irish this season, but will get an easy first test against an Owls offense that is led by junior quarterback Driphus Jackson.

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Jackson threw six touchdowns for the Owls (2013: 10-4) as a freshman but tossed only 16 passes last season. He and 200-pound sophomore RB Jowan Davis, will be heavily relied on to replace the loss of running back Charles Ross who led Temple’s rushing attack last season.

Meanwhile, the Owls return five starters on defense, led by junior defensive tackle Christian Covington, who is listed on the Outland Trophy preseason list.

College football betting trends

  • Over is 42-17 in RICE last 59 road games.
  • Under is 36-14-1 in ND last 51 games on grass.
  • Under is 25-10 in ND last 35 home games.
  • Under is 35-16-1 in ND last 52 games overall.

Week 1 NCAA Football Spread Prediction

The teams haven’t met since 1988, with Notre Dame winning all four games by a combined 147-16.

If the Owls have any chance in this one, it is riding on Jackson’s propensity to through the ball as well as he did in 2012.

Furthermore, Temple will need its rushing attack to be complement its quarterback, while filling the void left by Ross.

And while I believe plenty of returning players says the Owls won’t be a complete pushover, I do believe that Golson and the Irish will deliver.

Final Score: Notre Dame 31, Rice 17

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