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(0-1) Rice Owls vs. Army Black Knights (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Blaik Field at Michie Stadium, West Point, New York
NCAA Football Spread: Army -9.5
NCAA Betting Total: 53
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Due to their location in Texas it is assumed that Rice should be able to cobble together a reasonable amount of local talent to compete.
Under coach David Bailiff they have been OK, usually showing improvement after a down season.
They were 5-7 last year and the opening results against Western Kentucky were not very inspiring.
In contrast, Army had a great start to the season.
They were heavy underdogs against Temple and won outright – though probably few people noticed. This is still the third best service academy program but maybe they were being overly discounted coming into the season.
They are the favourites this week and it looks like they deserve it.
Western Kentucky is probably the best team in CUSA this season and Rice is helping their early PR campaign.
Even though they were facing a first time starting quarterback the Owls defense made it easy for him to get comfortable and they got torched for 517 yards.
Army is going to take a totally different approach but you have to wonder if they might have seen some weaknesses they intend to exploit as well. Rice needs to be a lot better if they want to beat Army for the second year in a row.
Quarterback Tyler Sterling was their entire offense last week.
He had trouble throwing with a couple of interceptions but was effective running the ball – 11 carries for 85 yards.
He is a really big guy at 6’6″ 220 but the scheme presents opportunities and they want that to be a part of his game.
He is big and can take a hit and will need to be way more accurate and effective for Rice to have any success this season.
Army Black Knights
Army only had two wins last season. With an upset of Temple to start the year they have a great chance of matching or exceeding that total before the end of the first month, but they have to take care of business at home against Rice.
It may have been a surprise in terms of the result but there was no surprise in how they attacked the other Owls (Temple) – shocking statistics in the paragraph to follow.
You are not supposed to win a game in 2016 when you only complete two passes but that is was Army did last week against Temple.
On the positive they did roll up more than 300 yards on the ground but the key was forcing Temple QB Phillip Walker into multiple interceptions and keeping the game close so they could continue pounding the rock.
This team is definitely not built to play catchup. Two completed passes for 15 yards!
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 4-0 in Owls last 4 non-conference games.
- Owls are 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Owls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Black Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September.
- Over is 4-0 in Black Knights last 4 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Black Knights are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
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Army is not two touchdowns better than Temple but at home they certainly can beat a Rice team that is not all that good. The line is very generous though at -9.5.
I think I am going to watch it carefully and hope it creeps down a little bit. I am willing to miss out if it goes the other way.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Army -9.5
Though this might wind up being a pass Army is certainly the play at the moment.
The Knights are going to do what they do but that predictability does not make them easy to stop.
Rice may like the fact that their attack is ground based after getting crushed through the air last week but I have no confidence in them at this point.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Army 27 – Rice 10
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