UTSA vs. Rice - 10/19/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTSA vs. Rice - 10/19/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John Gutierrez-USA TODAY Sports

Rice Owls (0-6) at UTSA Roadrunners (2-4)

College Football: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm (Alamodome)

The Line: UTSA Roadrunners +4 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Rice Owls and the UTSA Roadrunners meet in a week 8 C-USA college football matchup from the Alamodome on Saturday.

The Rice Owls will be on the hunt for their first win of the season after falling to 0-6 with a 35-20 loss to UAB last time out. Wiley Green has thrown for 548 yards and 2 touchdowns on 53.1% passing while Tom Stewart has 444 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception on 58.2% passing. Aston Walter leads the Owls in rushing with 395 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns while Austin Trammel leads Rice in receiving with 28 receptions for 397 yards and Brad Rozner is 2nd with 23 grabs for 341 yards. Defensively, Blaze Alldredge leads Rice with 53 total tackles including a team-high 34 solo tackles this season. As a team, Rice is averaging 288.2 yards of total offense and 15.7 points per game while allowing 406.3 yards of total defense and 30.3 points per game against this season.

The UTSA Roadrunners will look to rebound after dropping 4 of their last 5 games with a 33-14 loss to UAB in their last outing. Frank Harris has thrown for 486 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 72.5% passing while Lowell Narcisse has thrown for 273 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions. Sincere McCormick leads the Roadrunners with 473 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns while Narcisse is 2nd in rushing with 3 TDs of his own. Carlos Strickland II is UTSA’s lone 100+ yard receiver with 15 grabs for 129 yards this season. Defensively, Andrew Martel leads UTSA with 41 total tackles while Carl Austin III is 2nd with 35 total tackles. Four different UTSA players each have 2 sacks this season. As a team, UTSA is averaging 316.8 yards of total offense and 17.5 points per game while allowing 398.3 yards of total defense and 32.5 points per game against this season.

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Rice is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the under is 6-2-1 in their last 9 conference games. UTSA is 2-11-1 ATS in their last 14 home games and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. Rice is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

I’m not trying to bet this game, but at PIckDawgz we give you picks no matter how good or bad the game is, so here goes. This line’s a bit confusing as you have a winless team laying points on the road. However, I think that goes to speak to how bad UTSA has played at points and their starting QB is still questionable with an arm issue. Rice has been competitive in certain spots this season and probably deserve a win or two here or there. Rice has also had the bulk of the success ATS when these two meet, so I’ll lay the points with Rice on the road here.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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