UTEP Miners vs. Rice Owls - 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 +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rice Owls go on the road to take the field at the Texas El Paso Miners in a week ten bout.
The Rice Owls probably have to win out and get help if they hope to reach the CUSA playoffs following a 42-17 defeat to visiting West leader Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs could not be stopped in the air on the way to 455 yards while the Owls mustered just 281 yards with problems moving the ball on the ground. Darik Dillard was the Owls top runner with 32 yards on eight touches. That meant Rice needed a huge performance from quarterback Driphus Jackson but his 180 yards and two touchdowns on a 14-28 effort wasn’t enough. Nate German led the Owls with a pair of receptions on 62 yards but the team struggled without a rushing attack.
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The Texas El Paso Miners have lost some key players and have their backs against the wall. The Miners never found their stride offensively and the defense couldn’t stop Southern Miss in a 34-13 road loss in week nine. The balanced Golden Eagles piled up 523 yards while UTEP managed 298 yards and struggled on the ground. LaQuintus Dowell was the top Miners runner with 52 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown but the run did not produce anything significant. Quarterback Mack Leftwich completed 16-32 for 197 yards with Jeremiah Laufasa and Jaquan White combining for 104 yards on five receptions.
The under is 4-0 in Owls last 4 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game and the Owls are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game while the over is 44-8 in Owls last 52 games on turf. The under is 4-0 in Miners last 4 games following a ATS win and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games while going 5-0 in Miners last 5 games on turf. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Texas El Paso and are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 meetings while the home team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings. The Owls have not looked great at times but UTEP is a little more banged up…