Houston vs. Rice - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston vs. Rice - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Rice Owls (1-1) at Houston Cougars (1-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm (TDECU Stadium)

The Line: Houston Cougars -21.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Rice Owls and Houston Cougars meet Saturday in college football action at TDECU Stadium.

The Rice Owls look for another road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Rice Owls have lost five of their last seven road games. Sam Glaesmann is completing 47.2 percent of his passes for 200 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Glaesmann and Jackson Tyner have combined for 226 passing yards this season. Samuel Stewart and Aaron Cephus have combined for 127 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jordan Myers has five receptions. The Rice Owls ground game is averaging 226 yards per contest, and Stewart leads the way with 160 yards on 31 carries. Defensively, Rice is allowing 38 points and 442.5 yards per game. Emmanuel Ellerbee leads the Rice Owls with 19 tackles, Blain Padgett has 1.5 sacks and Cole Thomas has three pass deflections.  

The Houston Cougars look for a quick 2-0 start when they take their home field for the first time. The Houston Cougars haven’t lost a home game since November of 2014. Kyle Allen is completing 78.1 percent of his passes for 225 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Allen has one or less touchdown passes in seven straight games. Steven Dunbar and Linell Bonner have combined for 131 receiving yards and one touchdown while Keith Corbin has one reception. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 158 yards per contest, and Dillon Birden leads the way with 83 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Houston is allowing 16 points and 371 yards per game. Garrett Davis leads the Houston Cougars with 11 tackles, Emeke Egbule has one sack and Terrell Williams has two pass deflections.

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The Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 8-3-2 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cougars are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games in September and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Owls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Houston, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Houston.

Rice will be up for this game considering it is an in-state rivarly that will be played for the first time since 2013 and a lot of these players know each other with bragging rights on the line. That alone is enough to consider Rice and the points. However, Houston doesn't lose games at home and has been nothing but money against the number dating back to last season. The Cougars are not only balanced offensively, but they have an aggressive defense that is sure to give the Owls problems in the offensive backfield. You'd like to see a tight game between these two Texas schools, but the Cougars will likely run away with things in the second half.

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Randy’s Pick Houston Cougars -21.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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