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Rice vs. UTEP - 11/3/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTEP Miners (0-8) at Rice Owls (1-8)

College Football: Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Rice Stadium)

The Line: Rice Owls +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The UTEP Miners and the Rice Owls meet in week 10 C-USA college football action from Rice Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The UTEP Miners will be looking for their first win of the season after falling to 0-8 with a 19-0 loss to UAB in their last outing. Kai Locksley has thrown for 579 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions while Ryan Metz has tossed for 576 yards, 3 touchdowns and 5 picks this season. Quadraiz Wadley leads the Miners in rushing with 384 rushing yards while Locksley is right behind with 359 yards on the ground with the pair combining for 7 touchdowns this season. Warren Redix leads UTEP with 25 catches for 315 receiving yards this season. As a team, UTEP is averaging 296.2 yards of total offense and 15.4 points per game this season.

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Rice vs. UTEP - 11/3/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rice Owls will be looking for their first conference W of the year after slipping to 0-5 with their 8th straight loss as well after a 41-17 loss to North Texas in their last outing. Shawn Stankavage has thrown for 1,011 yards, 9 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 56.9% passing while Austin Walter and Emmanuel Esukpa have combined to rush for 980 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns this season. Austin Trammell leads the Owls in receiving with 47 catches for 478 yards, while Aaron Cephus has 31 catches for 453 yards and a team-high 5 receiving touchdowns this year. As a team, Rice is averaging 317.9 yards of total offense and 18.9 points per game this season. 

UTEP is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall while the under is 23-11 in their last 34 conference games. Rice is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games and 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games following a loss. UTEP is 3-13 ATS in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 0-8 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams at Rice. 

This line is exactly where I figured it would be, although I’m surprised to see UTEP actually laying a point as a favourite on the road, against a team in Rice that they’ve barely had any success against ATS for years now, and in a venue where they’ve had no luck ATS. All in all, I think if you read into the head-to-head trends, this is a game that Rice should win so I’ll take the free point with the Owls here.

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