College Football Betting Opening Day BetsPosted by: Mike Davis
The college football betting season is finally here. This Saturday, NCAA sportsbook fans will once again be able to bet on one of the nation’s favorite past times: college football. This season brings with it a plethora of questions that the NCAA will begin to answer this upcoming weekend once the season officially kicks off.
On opening day, there will be a total of 5 contests for players who bet on college football to wager on. The first contest of the day will feature Oregon State taking on Colorado State. The final contest of the day will pit Stanford Cardinal against the Rice Owls. Let’s take a look at what the college football betting odds are predicting for this overseas contest.
Stanford Cardinal vs. Rice Owls – Saturday, August 26th
When: 10:00 pm ET
Where: Allianz Stadium, Moore Park
Stream: Watch ESPN
College Football Betting Odds:
Stanford Cardinal -31 (-110) 51 (-110) -12500
Rice Owls +31 (-110) 51 (-110) +5000
The Cardinals had high hopes for the 2016 season. In David Shaw’s sixth year at the helm, Stanford was able to deliver a 10-3 record (6-3 in Pac-12 play) that lived up to some of the expectations the program had coming into the season. That record gave way to a third place finish in the North Division of the Pac-12. At the end of the year, Stanford received an invitation to the Sun Bowl, where they won a close match against the North Carolina Tar Heels 25-23.
David Shaw returns in his 7th year with the program to lead the Cardinals. Shaw is joined by offensive coordinator mike Bloomgren, who returns for his 5th year at the position. The shots on defense will be called by Lance Anderson, who has spent the last 4 years at Stanford.
Coming off a 5-7 season, the Rice Owls were looking to make some sort of progress in 2016. The program finished 3-9 (2-6 in C-USA play) so it’s safe to say that they took a step back if anything. With that mediocre record, the owls managed to tie for 5th place in the East Division, and naturally failed to receive any bowl invitations.
It’s no surprise to see the Owls pegged as college football betting underdogs against Stanford. What is surprising is that David Bailiff is still calling the shots as Rice’s head coach. In 11 years with the program, Bailiff has led the Owls to just 4 winning seasons. It’s hard to think of any other job one could keep with that low of results.
Bailiff is joined by 7th year offensive coordinator Billy Lynch. Since Bailiff and Lynch have so much time together, it’s not wise to expect a turnaround on offense from the Owls this season. However, Brian Steward enters as 1st year defensive coordinator, so maybe the Owls’ defense can shock the nation and lead them to a winning record. Maybe the Sydney atmosphere can help the Owls upset Stanford.