UTSA at Rice: 11/7/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

UTSA at Rice: 11/7/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Rice Owls (1-1) vs UTSA Roadrunners (4-4)

Game Info: Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Rice Stadium)

Betting Odds: Rice Owls -3.5 -- Over/Under: 49.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UTSA Roadrunners will travel to Rice Stadium to take on the Rice Owls this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The UTSA Roadrunners dropped to 4-4 (2-2 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the FAU Owls, 24-3, this past Saturday. UTSA struggled offensively against the FAU defense and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 17-3 margin. UTSA was outgained by a 332-230 margin and did not force a turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Roadrunners, QB Frank Harris who completed 12 of 26 passes for 109 yards while also adding 66 rushing yards.

On the season, UTSA is averaging 23.9 ppg on 378.1 total yards per game (203.4 passing yds/g; 174.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UTSA has been led by RB Sincere McCormick who has 921 yards & 7 TD’s on 171 carries. QB Frank Harris has completed 58.1% of his passes for 895 yards, 4 TD, & 4 INT. Harris is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Roadrunners as he has 258 rushing yards & 5 TD’s on 61 carries. The top receiving threats for UTSA has been Zakhari Franklin (32 rec, 390 yards, 4 TD), Joshua Cephus (40 rec, 386 yards, 3 TD), and Brennon Dingle (22 rec, 260 yards, TD).

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Defensively, UTSA is allowing their opponents to average 27.4 ppg on 399.6 total yards per game (231.4 passing yds/g; 168.3 rushing yds/g).

The Rice Owls improved to 1-1 (1-1 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, 30-6, this past Saturday. Rice dominated Southern Mississippi on both sides of the ball throughout the game and had no trouble securing the victory after going into the 4th quarter with a 23-6 lead. Rice outgained Southern Mississippi by a 412-269 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Owls was QB Mike Collins who completed 12 of 17 passes for 233 yards & 4 TD’s.

On the season, Rice is averaging 32.0 ppg on 418.5 total yards per game (237.5 passing yds/g; 181.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Rice has been led by QB Mike Collins who has completed 57.7% of his passes for 475 yards, 8 TD, & 1 INT. The top receiving threats for Collins and the Owls have been Austin Trammell (10 rec, 219 yards, 5 TD), Jake Bailey (5 rec, 67 yards, TD), Jordan Myers (6 rec, 65 yards), and Jack Bradley (2 rec, 49 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Rice backfield has been the duo of Juma Otoviano (45 att, 195 yards) and Khalan Griffin (21 att, 87 yards).

Defensively, Rice is allowing their opponents to average 23.0 ppg on 360.0 total yards per game (251.0 passing yds/g; 109.0 rushing yds/g).

The Roadrunners are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 4-4 ATS on the season. The Owls are 1-1 ATS on the season and just 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 home games.

UTSA struggled agianst FAU, however, the Roadrunners have had some success this season as they picked up a nice win agianst Louisiana Tech and gave BYU all they could handle in a 27-20 loss. Rice had a bunch of games earlier in the season cancelled due to COVID-19 and opened up their season with a disappointing loss to MTSU, however, the Owls looked great last weekend agianst Southern Mississippi and seem to have some solid offensive weapons in Mike Collins & Austin Trammell. Rice looked great last week and as I think their passing attack will be able to have some success agianst the Roadrunners, I am taking Rice to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Rice Owls -3.5

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