Rice at UTEP - 11/6/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rice Owls (4-4) at Texas El Paso Miners (3-5)
College Football: Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Sun Bowl)
The Line: Texas El Paso Miners +7 -- Over/Under: 57 See the Latest Odds
The Rice Owls and UTEP Miners square off Friday night at the Sun Bowl.
The Rice Owls look for their third road win to get a game above a .500 record. Driphus Jackson is completing 61.2 percent of his passes for 1,568 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. Jackson has seven touchdown passes in his last three games. Dennis Parks and Zach Wright have combined for 754 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Temi Alaka has 24 receptions. The Rice Owls ground game is averaging 183.2 yards per contest, and Darik Dillard leads the way with 443 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Rice is allowing 37.5 points and 447.4 yards per game. Alex Lyons leads the Owls with 46 tackles, Zach Espinosa has two interceptions and Derek Brown has three sacks. Dennis Parks is questionable with a foot injury.
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The UTEP Miners could use a win after losing three of their last four games. Mack Leftwich is completing 55.9 percent of his passes for 804 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Leftwich has 71 pass attempts in his last two games. Tyler Batson and Jaquan White have combined for 648 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Hayden Plinke has 24 receptions. The UTEP Miners ground game is averaging 135.5 yards per contest, and LaQuintus Dowell leads the way with 257 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, UTEP is allowing 38.6 points and 482.5 yards per game. Alvin Jones leads the Miners with 56 tackles, Nick Usher has 3.5 sacks and Nik Needham has four pass deflections.
The Owls are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Miners are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. The Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Texas El Paso and 11-1 ATS in their last 12 meetings overall.
Rice has an offense that can put points on the board and UTEP has a defense that doesn't get a lot of stops. However, Rice doesn't get much stops either. I see this being a high scoring game. Give me the over.