Texas Longhorns vs Rice Owls Odds & Free College Football Pick

Not certain you might call Texas vs. Rice an all-new competition when they meet Saturday at Houston. I mean, they are equally in Texas, but the Owls haven’t won a match in the series at Rice Stadium since 1994. Just how was that? ESPN was also desperate to broadcast on a Sunday because the MLB season had been canceled because of the players’ strike, therefore Texas-Rice was moved to Sunday.
Texas has taken the 13 overall and leads the show 72-21-1, 23-13-1 in Houston, 3-0 in NRG Stadium. Until that was formally dissolved in May 1996, they were in the Southwest Conference. Of course, Texas is now in Rice at Conference USA and the Big 12. The meeting was in 2015.
Rice isn’t a good program with only 11 wins since 2015. They were 1-11 in David Bailiff’s last season in 2017 and”improved” into 2-11 final year under first trainer Mike Bloomgren. Because any college that travels to Hawaii is permitted to for monetary 24, the reason Rice got to play with with 13 games was. The Owls’ wins last year have been Prairie View A&M (hardly ) and Old Dominion.
The Owls played well Week 1 at a 14-7 loss in a great Army group but then dropped week. Starting quarterback Wiley Green left that one sent to the hospital and carted off. Thankfully, all tests were negative about the freshman. I often doubt that he performs here, however. Senior Tom Stewart appears likely to start. The Harvard transport was 19-for-30 for 185 yards and a touchdown instead of Green vs. Wake Forest.
Maybe Stewart will improve an offense that ranks 120th in yards per game (282.0), 118th in scoring (14.0) and 113th in passing (158.0). Rice is better for defense, ranking 128th in pass performance D and 118th against the rush.
Rice is 3-6 all-time playing NRG Stadium; it usually plays on campus. The Owls have not beaten a ranked team since Nov. 11, 1997, vs. No. 21 BYU.
Texas fans are surely bummed their team lost 45-38 at home to LSU last week at the first and still only Top 10 matchup of the season, however, UT is still in fine shape to produce the College Football Playoff when it wins out, for instance, Big 12 title game. Every year but one, a one-loss group has won the title. No group, though, has reached the playoff. Nine of Texas’ 11 declines under Tom Herman have come by 10 points or fewer.
Junior Sam Ehlinger has turned into one of the better quarterbacks of the country. He also torched a LSU defense for 401 yards and four touchdowns while running for a rating that was fifth. It was the first time passing match in Texas history and the first since Colt McCoy versus UCF in 2009. Ehlinger UT quarterback since McCoytied his career with the five complete TDs. He has thrown 31 touchdowns to just three interceptions over his last 15 games. Texas is currently 11-4 in that period, including five wins over ranked teams.
One injury notice from that LSU reduction was that nickel cornerback BJ Foster injured his hamstring and will miss a few weeks. He started six games as a professional in 2018, recording 45 tackles, including nine for a loss and 2.5 sacks, to proceed with an interception.
It’s obviously not a matter of if Texas wins here. I have a tendency to think that the Horns may be a bit flat in their “street” game of this year and adhering to that close call vs. LSU. Additionally, UT opens Big 12 play with a far harder challenge vs. Oklahoma State.
Totally free NCAAF Select: Rice +32.5 (-112) in Pinnacle

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