Free NCAA Football Prediction: Owls vs. Roadrunners Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 7
Rice Owls (2-3) vs. UTSA Roadrunners (6-0)
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm EST
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Rice +18.5 / UTSA -18.5 (Bet Now!)
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Owls +750 / Roadrunners -950
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 54
Week 7 college football sees the Owls and Roadrunners meet at the Alamodome.
The Owls find themselves as heavy underdogs for their trip to the Alamodome this weekend when they take on the undefeated Roadrunners. At 2 – 3, at least, the Owls are in better shape than the last time they made this trip in 2019 when they were 0 – 6 coming in and they left 0 – 7!
Rice only played 5 games in 2020 and they have matched that same 2 – 3 record while chasing their first winning season under Coach Bloomgren. This is year-4 for Bloomgren and he leads a Rice program that has not seen more than 3 wins in a season since 2015.
The Roadrunners are favored by 18.5 points in this Conference USA matchup.
The Rice football program was left in disarray by former coach David Bailiff and let’s be honest about it. Mike Bloomgren hasn’t done much to correct any of the issues in Houston but having 2 wins through 5 games is progress… I guess?!
Bailiff left the program after a 1 – 11 2017 and Bloomgren got them to 2 – 11 in his first season to follow. Because, well, you know the Prairie View A&M games matter!
Rice was actually favored when they played their most recent game on October 2 against Southern Miss. The Owls took a 24 – 19 win and covered the spread too and now have a 2-game win streak! I know, right!?
The last time we saw that happen was at the end of the 2019 campaign when the Owls got off to a 0 – 9 start before winning their final 3 games. I mentioned that the 7th loss in that 0 – 9 run in 2019 came at the hands of this UTSA team and Rice had the lead but blew the game late losing 31 – 27.
Well, let’s not get too excited yet because the other win came against Texas Southern at the FCS level, it just happens that Southern Miss might be worse than RIce anyway.
The line setters are giving Rice basically no chance to win this game at all, but we know that is why they play the games. Can Rice pull an upset?
Hmm, can I get a no? I am sorry but this team is an offensive mess and you can see through 5 games this team ranks 117th in scoring at 19.2 PPG. It really isn’t even just about the rankings so much a when you look over their team stats this season.
Jake Bailey is the team’s leading receiver and he has caught a whopping 21 balls for 232 yards and a score. That’s it! Tight end Jordan Myers has 17 grabs for 140 yards and Cedric Patterson just got over the 200-yard mark last weekend. Rice is trying to use Luke McCaffery in the run game because he is the only mobile QB of the three in the program. Green will be out again we expect Constantine and McCaffery to both see playing time under center. If McCaffery doesn’t figure out how to throw a football soon, however, I don’t see how you can just expect to go wildcat over and again. The Dude has no game and the defense gives up nearly 39 points a game! You do your own judging!
Where else would UTSA be if they weren’t favored to win by nearly 3 TDs? To me, hell, this line is a little low, isn’t it?
So, you planned on running the ball against the defense? Yeah, come up with another plan because this team just says no! We will have the 6th best run defense in all of college football on this field that only gives up 83.8 ypg.
The Roadrunners have been a little more suspect against the pass but that shouldn’t be a major concern this weekend. Rice can’t throw the ball worth a damn and that gives UTSA a chance to pin their ears back and do what they do best. Take your offensive line and push them back to stop the run!
The 37.5 points per game show a respectable 19th ranking and the offense is in the top-30 in both total yards and passing yards.
We do have a concern again about Brenden Brady who missed the last game and is questionable to appear in this game too. Brady is second on the RB depth chart with 38 carries and 140 yards behind Sincere McCormick who leads the way with 154 carries for 661 yards and 6 TDs. McCormick also has 9 grabs becoming more versatile as the games go on.
Frank Harris is actually second on the team behind McCormick in rushing now and he is completing nearly 70% of his dropbacks. He’s already put up 1475 passing yards with a 12 / 3 TD to INT ratio and he has only seen the ground 5 times with great protection upfront.
Harris might have one helluva day against the Rice defense this Saturday so buckle up and expect UTSA to roll!
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Owls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Roadrunners are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- Roadrunners are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
- Over is 4-1 in Owls’ last 5 games overall.
- Over is 4-1-2 in Owls’ last 7 games on grass.
Free Week 7 NCAA Football Pick
45 – 13. That is all I need to leave you with now so bet it according. UTSA team total will go over the number, the over will hit and the Roadrunners cover the spread!
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