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Charlotte 49ers vs. Rice Owls - 11/12/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rice Owls (1-8) at Charlotte 49ers (4-5)

College Football: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Jerry Richardson Stadium)

The Line: Charlotte 49ers -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Rice Owls will travel to play the Charlotte 49ers in a C-USA college football game on Saturday.

The Charlotte 49ers are 4-5 (3-2) this season after beating Southern Miss by a score of 38-27 in their last game. Charlotte has won 3 of their last 4 games and is currently tied for 3rd in the C-USA East standings. The Charlotte offense is averaging 26.2 points per game with 198.2 rushing yards and 193.3 passing yards per game. Hasaan Klugh is completing 62.3% of his passes for 877 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions for Charlotte. Kalif Phillips has rushed for 741 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Robert Washington has rushed for 431 yards and 5 scores for the 49ers. Austin Duke has caught 43 passes for 542 yards and 3 touchdowns, while T.L Ford II has added 28 passes for 392 yards and 4 touchdowns for Charlotte. The Charlotte defense is giving up 35.8 points per game with 139.2 rushing yards and 306.9 passing yards per game. Nick Cook has led the Charlotte defense with 81 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks, while Ben Deluca has added 39 tackles and 2 interceptions. Blake Brewer has gone 3-4 on field goals, with a long of 38 yards.

Charlotte 49ers vs. Rice Owls - 11/12/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rice Owls are 1-8 (0-6) this season after losing to Florida Atlantic by a score of 42-25 in their last game. Rice has really struggled this season and is the worst team in Conference USA. The Rice offense is averaging 24.4 points per game with 165.8 rushing yards and 213.3 passing yards per game. Tyler Stehling is completing 59.2% of his passes for 1744 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions for Rice. Samuel Stewart has rushed for 362 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Darik Dillard has rushed for 347 yards and 3 touchdowns for Rice. Zach Wright has caught 22 passes for 212 yards and 1 touchdown, while Connor Cella has caught 19 passes for 174 yards and 1 score for the Owls. The Rice defense is giving up 40.2 points per game with 223.1 rushing yards and 335.2 passing yards per game. Emmanuel Ellerbee has led the Rice defense with 78 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and 1 interception, while Tabari McGaskey has added 39 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Haden Tobola has gone 5-8 on field goals, with a long of 44 yards.

Rice is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-9-2 ATS in their last 15 games. The over is 5-1 in Rice’s last 6 games. Charlotte is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 home games. The over is 4-1 in Charlotte’s last 5 November games.

Rice has really struggled this season and will be on the road, while Charlotte has been played better than I thought they would this season. The Rice defense has been horrible this season, which should allow Charlotte to move the ball freely up and down the field. The Rice offense has been inconsistent and I don’t expect them to take advantage of the Charlotte below average defense. I like Charlotte here due to Rice’s defensive troubles. 

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