Free Week 3 Prediction: Longhorns vs Owls Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(1-1) Texas Longhorns vs. Rice Owls (0-2)
Date: Saturday, September 14
Time: 8:00 pm Est
Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Texas -32
NCAA Betting Total: 56
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Texas is coming off a tough loss at home versus the LSU Tigers. But, it was a good measuring stick for them. They may not face another offense like that this year and, yes, that includes Oklahoma.
Texas showed that they are on the cusp of being a playoff team and I think once December rolls around they will be in the conversation.
After playing Army competitively, Wake Forest ended up handling the Owls pretty easily.
As mentioned above, Texas and LSU played a highly competitive game and both teams proved that they have the potential to be playoff teams once December rolls around.
When LSU plays Alabama, that game will be very intriguing. And, of course, Texas-Oklahoma is the primer showdown in the Big 12 and I believed it before the season and I still believe it that Texas will dethrone Oklahoma this year.
The defense is still a work in progress, but there is tons of talent out there and getting carved up by that very impressive LSU offense will only help them in the future.
Offensively, Sam Ehlinger is a beast and he’s going to carry this team as far as he can with his arm and legs.
Ehlinger proved last week why he was a Heisman candidate coming in and while a loss hurts, he put up some impressive numbers and, so long as he stays healthy, he’ll continue that trend as the season progresses.
Rice has started the season off 0-2 and they have lost nine of their last ten games going back to last year. If there is a silver lining it’s that Rice is 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games.
So, they, at the very least, keep things competitive enough from a Vegas perspective.
Statistically, Rice has been one of the worse offensive teams in the nation. The Owls come in ranked 120th in total offense, 114th in passing, and 101st in rushing.
Texas’ defense is going to have to team off in this one.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Texas is 5-2 ATS in their last seven meeting versus Rice
- Rice is 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games
- Texas under is 4-2 in their last six games
- Rice over is 5-0 in their last five September games
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I wouldn’t overthink this one. Texas is obviously the better team and sure there might be a slight letdown, but Texas will be ready to roll.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Texas -32
For Rice, this is basically their last shot at big time program before they play programs in their tier. So, they’ll obviously be geared up and ready to go, but their are severely overmatched.
I’m going with the more talented team in this one and 32 points isn’t all that much. The Longhorns should cover.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Texas 49 – Rice 14
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