Free Week 9 Prediction: Bulldogs vs Owls Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 9
(3-4) Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Rice Owls (1-6)
Date: Saturday, October 28th
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Louisiana Tech -13.0
NCAA Betting Total: 52.0
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Stop me if you have heard this before: Rice has had one of the worst offenses in the country this season.
The Owls can’t seem to find any consistency on offense and that won’t get any easier this week against a Louisiana Tech defense that has made major improvements since last season.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
The Bulldogs are giving up 27 points per game on the season but that number is inflated by an outlier when they were steamrolled by a terrible matchup for them in a 57-21 loss to Mississippi State. Other than that, they have allowed just 22 points per game.
Last season, the Bulldogs gave up 34 points per game and often had great offensive performances overshadowed but very poor defensive performances.
This season has been some of the opposite as they are averaging just 28 points per game after averaging 43.8 per game last season – good for 3rd in the nation.
They have the one blowout loss to Mississippi State but have lost twice by 1 point and then by 7 last week in double overtime.
This is the time of the season where teams have a chance to make strides towards bowl bids as they become closer to reality. The Bulldogs will hope to have somewhat of a similar result against Rice as last season when they won 61-16.
Louisiana Tech has won the last 3 matchups with Rice by an average of 38 points per game. This could be a chance for the offense to really break out and they may be given extra opportunities since Rice is the second most turnover prone team in the FBS this season.
There isn’t much positive to say about Rice this season so the question obviously becomes whether they can cover the spread at home.
So they clearly haven’t fared well against Louisiana Tech in the last three matchups. But, this is a different Lousiana Tech team. They aren’t as explosive on offense and don’t have that putaway ability like they have in the past.
But, Rice has just been dreadful in all aspects of the game. They are 120th in the nation in passing yards per game, 129th in turnover margin per game, 129th in points per game, 98th in points allowed per game, and 101st in opponent yards per play.
They 2-5 ATS this season and covered the spread just 5 times in their last 14 home games. The last time Rice went to a bowl game was 2014 and that year they lost 76-31 to Louisiana Tech. This is a matchup Rice just wants nothing to do with.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Visiting team has outgained the home team in 7 of the last 10 meetings.
- Under is 4-1 in Louisiana Tech’s last 5 games.
- Louisiana Tech has outscored Rice by 115 points in last 3 meetings.
- Under is 4-1-1 in Rice’s last 6 games.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Pick
The Bulldogs have not had the putaway ability like last year but they also haven’t played anyone as bad as Rice. Rice has kept just one game this season – besides their win – closer than 13 points.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Louisiana Tech -13.0
There aren’t many times where a double digit favorite and the under are both good plays but this might be one of them. I like the Bulldogs to cover more but I do think this game could stay under as well as Rice is just dreadful on offense and Louisiana Tech is playing at a slower pace than most years.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: Louisiana Tech 31 – Rice 10
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