UTEP at Rice - 11/3/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

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The UTEP Miners will play the Rice Owls in a Conference USA Game on Thursday night at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The UTEP Miners are 4-5 (2-3) this season after they lost to Middle Tennessee by a score of 24-13 in their last game. UTEP only gained 292 total yards, turned the ball over once, and went 0-1 on fourth down attempts in the game. The UTEP offense is averaging 21.3 points per game with 224.2 passing yards per game and 140.4 rushing yards per game. Gavin Hardison has thrown for 1,941 yards, 10 touchdowns, and eight interceptions for the Miners this season. Deion Hankins has rushed for 547 yards and two touchdowns, while Tyrin Smith has caught 56 passes for 803 yards and five scores for UTEP. The UTEP defense is giving up 27.4 points per game and 355.4 yards per game.

The Rice Owls are 4-4 (2-2) this season after they lost to Charlotte by a score of 56-23 in their last game. Rice allowed 514 total yards and turned the ball over once in the loss. The Rice offense is averaging 29.4 points per game with 222 passing yards per game and 149.1 rushing yards per game. TJ McMahon has thrown for 1,703 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions, while also rushing for 146 yards and two touchdowns for the Owls this season. Ari Broussard has rushed for 251 yards and nine scores, while Luke McCaffrey has caught 47 passes for 613 yards and six touchdowns for Rice. The Rice defense is allowing 33.6 points per game and 370.1 yards per game.

UTEP is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-15-2 ATS in their last 21 November games. The under is 7-2 in UTEP’s last 9 games. Rice is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The over is 6-0 in Rice’s last 6 home games. The over is 4-1 in these two team's last 5 head-to-head meetings.

Both of these teams are coming off of a loss, but Rice was blown out by a bad Charlotte team in their last game. UTEP has had issues scoring this season and is only averaging 21 points per game, while Rice has had issues on defense and is allowing 33 points per game. I like the over in this game because I think UTEP will be able to score on this Rice defense.

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

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