|12/30/08 Texas Bowl: Rice vs. Western Michigan By the Numbers|
|Written by Anthony Rome|
|Tuesday, 30 December 2008 06:59|
The 2008 Texas Bowl is tonight and pits the 9-3 Western Michigan Broncos versus the 9-3 Rice Owls. Let’s take a look at the matchup, trends, injuries, odds and hand out a Free College Football Bowl Pick for the 2008 Texas Bowl.
Game Time: 8:00PM ET
Odds: Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction have made Rice a 3-point favorite.
Over/Under Total: 74.5
Public Betting Information:
Public betting information shows that 66% of bettors favor the Rice –3 tonight.
Texas Bowl Key Player Injuries:
[CB] David Lewis is out for the season. - Arm - 09/16/08
[CB] Londen Fryar is downgraded to doubtful - Toe - 11/24/08
[OL] Andy Laue has left the team. - None - 08/19/08
[OL] Matt Lochmann is out for the season - Leg - 09/27/08
[RB] Brandon West is upgraded to probable - Ankle - 11/24/08
[TE] Branden Ledbetter is downgraded to expected to miss - Abdominal - 11/
[WR] Jordan White out for the season - Knee - 11/01/08
[WR] Schneider Julien is upgraded to probable - Shoulder - 11/24/08
[CB] Brandon King is out for the season. - Foot - 09/17/08
[LB] Vernon James out for the season - Knee - 09/09/08
TheSpread.com betting matchup advantage:
TheSpread.com betting matchup has Western Michigan as a –2 point favorite. Our Free College Football Bowl Pick is: UNDER 74.5. Rice’s offense is averaging over 40 points a game this season but Western Michigan’s defense is highly underrated. The Broncos have two NFL-caliber defensive backs in their secondary that could help slow down the Owls’ passing attack. Much like the Missouri-Northwestern bowl game Monday night, the total is too high considering one of the defenses in this contest is solid.
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Posted: 12/30/08 12:00PM ET