Texas vs. Rice Total Prediction
Is No. 12 Texas going to have any trouble when it goes to Houston to take on Rice on Saturday at 8PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
195 Texas vs. 196 Rice
Saturday, September 14, 2019
8PM ET – NRG Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Texas is favored in this game, as the Longhorns are getting odds of -32 points against Rice. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 56 points. The public betting currently has 79 percent going on Texas as the heavy favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Texas loses at home
The Texas Longhorns are coming off a tough loss at home to LSU, 45-38, to fall to 1-1 on the season. The Longhorns were unable to cover a 6.5-point spread as well, moving to 1-1 against the spread. Texas has hit the over in both of its games this year.
Texas is averaging 41.5 points and 492 yards per game on offense this season while giving up 29.5 points and 493 yards per game on defense. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger is leading the way for the team this year with 677 passing yards and eight touchdowns while also rushing for 94 yards and a score. Receiver Devin Duvernay is the leading receiver with 21 catches for 209 yards and three touchdowns. Keaontay Ingram is the leading rusher with 107 yards and a touchdown.
Rice drops another
Rice is off to an 0-2 start to the season following a 41-21 loss at home to Wake Forest last weekend. The Owls are 1-0-1 against the spread through the two games while splitting the over/under total.
The Owls have been struggling a great deal on offense, averaging just 14 points and 282 yards per game. Defensively, Rice is giving up 27.5 points and 398.5 yards per contest. The team lost quarterback Wiley Green to a head injury. He will be out for this game. Tom Stewart will run the offense. He has 185 passing yards with a touchdown this season. Nahshon Ellerbe and Aston Walter have combined for 207 rushing yards and two touchdowns to lead the ground game.
College Football Betting Trends
The Longhorns are 20-9 with the under in their last 29 games on fieldturf and 5-2 with the under in their last seven against CUSA opponents.
Rice is 6-1-2 with the over in its last nine non-conference games and 5-0-1 with the over in its last six games in September.
Rice hasn’t shown an ability to move the ball and I think that will continue to be a problem against a Texas defense that is going to be motivated after being shamed at home by LSU. The Texas offense is explosive and should score its fair share of points, but I don’t think the Longhorns have enough in the tank against this Rice defense to carry the over. The Owls won’t put up many points in this one, so I like the under.
College Football Week 3 Prediction: Texas/Rice Under 56