Rice vs. Charlotte - 11/28/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte 49ers (2-9) at Rice Owls (4-7)
College Football: Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Rice Stadium)
The Line: Rice Owls -11.0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte 49ers will travel to Rice Stadium to take on the Rice Owls this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Charlotte 49ers lost their 9th straight game and dropped to 2-9 (0-7 C-USA East) on the season after being defeated by the Kentucky Wildcats 58-10, this past Saturday. Charlotte was outgained by Kentucky by a 544-233 margin and committed three turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the 49ers was RB Andrew Buie who had 76 rushing yards on 23 carries. On the season, Charlotte is averaging just 18.5 ppg on 341.9 total yards per game (175.5 passing, 166.4 rushing). Leading the way for the 49ers on the season has been RB Kalif Phillips who is averaging 87.36 yds/game and has 5 TD’s on the season. Phillips injured his knee two weeks ago against UTSA and saw just one carry against the Wildcats. Freshman QB Brooks Barden has been getting the starts as of late for the 49ers and has 4 TD and 5 INT on the season while averaging just 67.8 yds/game. The 49ers only have two receivers that average more than 20.0 yds/game and are led by Austin Duke (47.8 yds/game, 5 TD) and Trent Bostick (32.8 yds/game, 2 TD). Defensively, Charlotte is allowing their opponents to average 415.6 total yards per game (238.4 passing, 177.3 rushing). The 49ers have committed an incredible 35 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of -14.
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The Rice Owls lost their 4th consecutive game and dropped to 4-7 (2-5 C-USA West) on the season after being defeated by the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners, 34-24, this past Saturday. Rice was able to outgain Texas-San Antonio by a 520-431 margin however, allowed the Roadrunners to score 21 points in the 2nd quarter and committed three turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Owls was QB Driphus Jackson who completed 23 of 40 passes for 359 yards, 2 TD, and 2 INT. On the season, Rice is averaging 26.0 ppg on 399.0 total yards per game (233.2 passing, 165.8 rushing). Leading the way for the Owls has been QB Driphus Jackson who has 18 TD’s and 6 INT while averaging 202.4 yds/game and has added an additional two TD’s on the ground. The Owls rushing attack is led by Darik Dillard (57.00 yds/game, 5 TD) and Samuel Steward (36.60 yds/game, 4 TD). Zack Wright (48.8 yds/game, 5 TD), Dennis Parks (55.3 yds/game, 3 TD) and Nate German (48.4 yds/game) lead the way for the Owls WR’s. Defensively, Rice is allowing their opponents to average 38.5 ppg on 462.2 yards per game (266.2 passing, 196.0 rushing). Rice has only forced 13 turnovers on the season and currently has a turnover margin of -11.
The 49ers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss and 0-3-2 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Owls are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing road record however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
C-USA has a couple of big games this week and this is certainly not one of them as both teams haven’t been able to get a win over the past month. Charlotte has absolutely no passing attack although they do have a talented runner in Kalif Phillips who as of right now, should be in line to play this week. Rice will count on Driphus Jackson to lead a passing attack that at times, have been able to put up some points this season. Both teams have looked awful as of late so I’m probably going to stay away from this one, but if I was forced to pick a side, I will take Charlotte as I think they’ll be able to find some success on the ground if Kalif Phillips is able to go.