Free Week 3 Prediction: Owls vs Cougars Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(1-1) Rice Owls vs. Houston Cougars (2-0)
Date: Saturday, September 16th
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue:TDECU Stadium, Houston
NCAA Football Spread: Houston -24
NCAA Betting Total: 54
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It’s a small school battle in the state of Texas as the Rice Owls will travel to take on the Houston Cougars. This will be a non-conference matchup.
The Rice Owls were able to break even on their record with a 31-14 road win over UTEP Saturday. On the flip side, Houston Cougars were able to open up their season with a 19-16 road win over Arizona.
It’s going to be a difficult matchup for the Rice Owls, but they have the weapons to possibly cause the upset in Houston. Right now the Owls are looking at the positives from their victory against UTEP.
Last week, the Owls led 10-0 lead at half and continued to fly away with the score. By the third quarter it was 17-0 and the hope for a comeback win was gone for UTEP.
In total yards, the Owls had an outstanding 437 yards of offense with totaling 22 first downs and control the ball for over 34 minutes.
On the defensive side, Rice held UTEP to under 230 yards of total offense, only 12 first downs and 25 minutes of total offense. A great win especially for a defense that struggled in Week 1.
Coming into this game, the Owls are ranked 123rd on the year with only 113 yards through the air but make up for it with 226 rushing yards per game which lands them 35th in the nation.
The Houston Cougars are making noise in the ACC as they are taking care of business so far. Houston was unable to play their season opener against UTEP due to the Hurricanes which we are all sadden about, but the show must continue.
Houston officially started their season last week against Arizona on the road as they got the upset victory against the Pac-12 team. With a great defensive performance and special teams plays, the Cougars were able to hold onto the lead.
With a 10-10 tie in the final minutes before half, the Cougars got the last score in and were able to keep the Wildcats out of the endzone the whole second half.
It was a great game to watch as both teams went back and forth.
On offense Houston had 383 yards of total offense with 18 first downs and about 30 minutes of offense time. On the flip side the defense gave up around the same of total yardage with 371 and allowing 21 first downs.
Transfer quarterback from Texas A&M did ok as he completed 25 of 32 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown, but did throw two interceptions.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Owls are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Owls are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Houston are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games in September.
- Cougars are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.
- Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. CUSA.
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The Owls do not have a passing game which scares me as Houston will be able to focus on the run and stop the whole Rice game-plan right off the bat.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Houston -24
However it shouldn’t scare you from putting the dough on Houston to cover the spread. They were impressive in their first game and have a tough offense that the Owls won’t be able to catch up to.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Rice Owls 13 – Houston Cougars 42
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