Free Week 2 Prediction: Owls vs Miners Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(0-1) Rice Owls vs. Utep Miners (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Rice -1.5
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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It’s a Conference USA-West showdown on Saturday night at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The Rice Owls will take on the UTEP Miners.
These two teams have played 20 times in their history, and Rice has won 13 games. The Owls won the last match up in 2016 by a final score of 44-24.
The Rice Owls kicked off their season early on August 26th against Stanford in Australia, and it must have been a long flight home after the beating they took.
They had no answer for Stanford’s offense and that led to a 62-7 loss. They didn’t even put score their touchdown until six minutes left to go in the fourth quarter.
To have more success in this game the Owls need to be better on the offensive end. The defense needs to be better too, but if they can’t put up any points it won’t matter how good or bad the defense is.
The good thing for this team is they know how to beat the Miners, and have had their success over the years. They just really need to put that loss behind them early and try to get out to a fast start.
If they get out to a slow start the doubt could start to creep in and that would cause some issues.
On the other side of this match up is the University Of Texas El Paso Miners who also had a pretty rough start to their season.
They had the privilege of Playing the Oklahoma Sooners who are favored to win the Big 12 conference, and they had no answer for them all afternoon long.
After answering the Sooners early score and tying the game 7-7 they had no answer the rest of the night and that led to a 56-7 defeat.
The Sooners put their back ups early in the third quarter and the Miners still couldn’t get anything going so that has to be concerning heading into this week.
Ryan Metz really struggled at the quarterback position against the Sooners, and he needs to be a lot better. He was 10-18 and only threw for 56 yards.
They like the Owls just need to try and forget about game one. The Sooners are on a completely different level, and that can’t hurt their confidence for the rest of the season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Owls are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on turf.
- Miners are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
- Home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
- Owls are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 meetings.
- Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Texas El Paso.
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Pick
I think both teams will play a lot better offensively in this game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Rice -1.5
I think that the Rice Owls will get a little better quarterback play, and that will lead them to a victory in a very tight battle.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Rice 30 – Utep 27
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