Free Week 9 Prediction: Owls vs Mean Green Odds
Looking for Rice Owls vs. North Texas Mean Green free picks? Week 9 betting sees the Owls taking on the Mean Green on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this Rice Owls vs. North Texas Mean Green free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 9
(1-7) Rice Owls vs. North Texas Mean Green (6-2)
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Venue: Apogee Stadium, Denton, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: -29.5
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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This game isn’t going to garner a lot of national attention this weekend, and quite frankly, it’s easy to see why.
We’re not going to sugar coat this: This will be one of the bigger blowouts of the weekend.
Only a fool would consider the underdog as a moneyline play, even considering the monumental payout.
The spread, on the other hand, will be very interesting to watch considering the 29.5-point mark oddsmakers have given this contest entering the weekend.
The Owls are 0-4 on the season when playing away from home. They are also 0-4 against conference opponents.
On the road, North Texas is posting just 23 points per outing while allowing opposing home squads to score 43.8 points per outing.
None of these trends bode well for this Rice program entering Saturday’s road contest.
The Owls are going to enter this game against North Texas as the 123rd ranked team on offense in the country. They are posting a total of 320.2 yards per game.
Broken down more specifically, Rice is collecting 153.8 yards per game on the ground and 166.5 yards through the air up to this point.
North Texas Mean Green
The Mean Green enters Saturday as the 24th team in the country on offense, as they’re posting an average of 469.4 yards per contest. North Texas is collecting on a nightly basis 144.5 yards on the ground and 324.9 yards through the air up to this point in the year.
North Texas is so far 3-1 at home on the season, which is where they’ll be playing this weekend. They’re also 2-2 against conference competition.
At home, North Texas is posting a strong 40.2 scoring while keeping opponents to just 18.8 points per game at Apogee Stadium.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 10-1 in UNT last 11 games overall.
- Under is 9-3 in UNT last 12 games in October.
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A nearly 30-point spread is massive. But it’s set that way because of how big the talent gap is between these two programs during the 2018 college football season.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Rice ATS
The catch is that as bad as Rice has been on the year, we don’t have much faith that the Mean Green are 30 points better than them at this point in the process.
Expect a big win—one that could even 5 touchdowns—but we just can’t be comfortable picking the Mean Green against the spread.
Straight up? No doubt. But this group—despite being a top-25 group in both points scored and points allowed—has just an 18.8-point net margin on the year.
That’s a great number in a vacuum, but in the context of this week’s spread, we’re just not buying it.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: North Texas Mean Green 40 – Rice Owls 15
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