Stanford Cardinal vs. Rice Owls - 11/26/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rice Owls (3-8) at Stanford Cardinal (8-3)
College Football: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm (Stanford Stadium)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -33 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rice Owls will travel to play the Stanford Cardinal in a non-conference college football game on Saturday.
The Stanford Cardinal are 8-3 (6-3) this season after beating Cal by a score of 45-31 in their last game. Stanford has won 4 games in a row and is currently 3rd in the PAC-12 North standings. The Stanford offense is averaging 25.1 points per game with 201.3 rushing yards and 158.3 passing yards per game. Keller Chryst is completing 55.3% of his passes for 683 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Stanford. Christian McCaffrey has rushed for 1399 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Bryce Love has added 553 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns for Stanford. Trenton Irwin has caught 35 passes for 425 yards and 1 touchdown, while McCaffrey has added 35 catches for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Cardinal. The Stanford defense is giving up 20.5 points per game with 144.8 rushing yards and 227.5 passing yards per game. Solomon Thomas has led the Stanford defense with 50 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks, while Dallas Lloyd has added 48 tackles and 3 interceptions. Conrad Ukropina has gone 16-20 on field goals, with a long of 52 yards.
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The Rice Owls are 3-8 (2-6) this season after beating UTEP by a score of 44-24 in their last game. Rice has won their last 2 games and is currently 5th in the C-USA West standings. The Rice offense is averaging 26 points per game with 169.9 rushing yards and 223.5 passing yards per game. Tyler Stehling is completing 61.4% of his passes for 2049 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions for Rice. Darik Dillard has rushed for 416 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Samuel Stewart has added 402 yards and 3 scores for the Owls. Zach Wright has caught 36 passes for 339 yards and 1 touchdown, while Kylen Granson has added 33 catches for 381 yards and 2 touchdowns for Rice. The Rice defense is giving up 37 points per game with 202.6 rushing yards and 299.2 passing yards per game. Emmanuel Ellerbee has led the Owls defense with 104 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 interception, while Alex Lyons has added 84 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. Haden Tobola has gone 7-11 on field goals, with a long of 44 yards.
Rice is 7-2-2 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. The over is 4-1 in Rice’s last 5 games. Stanford is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games. The under is 4-1 in Stanford’s last 5 home games.
Stanford comes into this game as a big home favorite and will be facing a Rice team that has played better in recent weeks. The Rice defense has struggled this season and Stanford should be able to move the ball with ease. Stanford should come out fired up on Senior day and get the blow out win.