Kick off time from Rice is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the CBS Sports Network.
UCLA BRUINS VS RICE
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The betting odds from the NCAA college football game has the road team UCLA Bruins favored by -16 ½ points with an over under of 58 ½ points.
Early money from the NCAA college football betting public has landed on the road squad as the UCLA Bruins are now favored by -17 points. The total has moved up to a current line of 59 points.
UCLA Bruins money line bettors will lay -800 odds with the home underdog Rice Owls returning +550 odds to post the outright win with no need for taking the points on their side.
Former NFL head coach Jim Mora will make his coaching debut with the UCLA Bruins on Thursday. He inherits a team that finished at 6-8 last year and earned a trip into the PAC 12 conference championship game as USC was ineligible. On offense the teams return 7 starters and 9 to their defense. The club made it to the Fight Hunger Bowl last year and lost 20-14 as a +3 point underdog to Illinois.
The team is leaning to starting senior quarterback Kevin Prince who threw for 56.2% from the field last year for 1828 yards with 12 touchdowns and 8 picks. They return senior running back Johnathan Franklin who rushed for 1003 yards in 2011 and 5.9 yards per rush average. Two of their top three pass receivers return in 2012.
Head coach David Bailiff returns for his sixth year for the Owls. He has a career mark of 23-38 at the school. Returning on offense for the Owls is just five starters on offense and five to their defense. It was a bad season for Rice last year as they finish at 4-8 and fail to earn a bowl berth for the third straight season.
Junior quarterback Taylor McHargue completed 57.5% of his passes last season with 1072 yards and eight touchdowns and five picks.
Running back Turner Peterson a junior was the second leading running back for the Owls as he rushed for 511 yards and a 4.8 yards per rush average. Four of their top five receivers come back in the 2012 season for the Owls.
CFB Trend: Rice is 0-3 to the under in their past three games.
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