Free Week 4 Prediction: Mean Green vs Owls Odds
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(1-2) North Texas Mean Green vs. Rice Owls (0-3)
Date: Saturday, September 24th
Time: 6:00 pm EST
Venue: Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Rice -7.0
NCAA Betting Total: 51.5
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After holding Baylor scoreless in the first quarter last Friday night, the Rice defense showed their true colors as they gave up 638 total yards and lost 38-10.
North Texas on the other hand managed just 53 yards of TOTAL offense last week at Florida. Sure, Florida has a great defense but 53 yards is absolutely PITIFUL.
This could be an interesting battle as this as one of few winnable games on each of their schedules.
North Texas Mean Green
The Mean Green have tried two quarterbacks out this season and neither have done anything worthy of owning the job.
North Texas has just 498 total passing yards in three games and the quarterbacks have combined for a 2 to 5 touchdown to interception ratio.
Mason Fine had the start last week against Florida and could be expected to continue the duty in a more manageable matchup.
The Mean Green rushing attack hasn’t made it easier for the quarterbacks as they have averaged just 3.7 yards per carry.
The North Texas defense has been respectable considering that quality of play from the offense.
They are struggling a little against the run but have allowed just 197 passing yards per game.
The defense could hold up well though against Rice who is averaging just 12.7 points per game. Neither team has shown anything thus far that proves they are a lock to win any game.
A nice start against Baylor last week had Rice thinking about a possible upset as they held the powerful Baylor offensive attack to zero first quarter points.
However, that proved to be much of a fluke as they gave up 638 yards in the game and lost by 28 points.
Rice has faced a couple of very good passing attacks in Baylor and Western Kentucky along with a very dynamic and improved rushing attack in Army.
They will certainly be looking forward to a shot at the Mean Green’s highly inconsistent offensive attack.
Owls quarterback Tyler Stehling will get another chance to keep his starting position and get the team’s first win.
Stehling has been ineffective and the entire team has suffered. The dual threat quarterback has performed best in the first quarter though with a 118.8 passer rating in that frame.
He struggles as the game goes on though with just 51.3 rating in the fourth quarter.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 6-2 in Rice’s last 8 conference games.
- North Texas is 3-11 ATS in their last 14 road games.
- Rice is 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a losing record.
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Betting on teams of this caliber is always a dangerous play because you’re basically picking the lesser of two evils. Both offenses are pretty bad and the defenses have shown signs of competency. I expect this one to be low scoring and ugly.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Betting total under 51.5
Stehling has been pretty good in the first half and the Rice defense held up well early on against Baylor. A bonus would be to take Rice to cover the first half.
BONUS Pick: Rice First Half – 4
Week 4 Free Score Prediction: Rice 23 – North Texas 16
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