Rice Owls at Army Black Knights - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rice Owls (0-1) at Army Black Knights (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Michie Stadium)
The Line: Army Black Knights -10 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds
The Rice Owls go on the road to try and slow the option attack of the Army Black Knights.
The Rice Owls had high expectations in their opener at Western Kentucky on opening day but it appeared the Hilltoppers are still a solid squad despite no Brandon Doughty. The Owls struggled on the field on both sides of the ball and the boxscore was proof as they were outgained 649-288 and lost the turnover battle 2-0. With Mike White of the Hilltoppers throwing for over 500 yards, Rice desperately needed a viable rushing attack to milk the clock and keep their defense off the field. Owls quarterback Tyler Stehling was the only runner of significance with 85 yards on eleven touches and a touchdown. Stehling was adequate in the air on a 22-37 effort for 183 yards but he struggled to get the ball downfield which made his two interceptions stand out.
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The Army Black Knights were given little if any chance of going to Temple and pulling the upset but they did exactly that as better then a two touchdown underdog. This was Army football at it’s best with the option controlling the clock while the defense held Temple to 251 yards and intercepted three passes. The Black Knights totaled 344 yards with 329 yards coming on the ground. Andy Davidson paced Army with 121 yards with a pair of touchdowns on 22 carries followed by Ahmad Bradshaw, Jordan Asbury and Darnell Woolfolk with a combined 153 yards on 33 touches.
The over is 4-0 in Owls last 4 non-conference games and the Owls are 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record while going 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Black Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September and the over is 4-0 in Black Knights last 4 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game while the Black Knights are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf. The road team is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. Army is improved and I think they win but I’ll take the points…