Rice Owls (1-1) at North Texas Mean Green (2-3)
College Football: Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Apogee Stadium)
The Line: North Texas Mean Green -2 -- Over/Under: 65 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The North Texas Mean Green host the Rice Owls on Saturday in week 12 C-USA college football action at Apogee Stadium.
The Rice Owls haven’t played in three weeks and look to get a game above a .500 record. The Rice Owls have won three straight road games. Mike Collins is completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 475 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. Collins has eight touchdown passes on his last 57 pass attempts. Austin Trammell and Jake Bailey have combined for 276 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Jordan Myers has six receptions. The Rice Owls ground game is averaging 181 yards per contest, and Juma Otoviano leads the way with 195 yards on 45 carries. Defensively, Rice is allowing 23 points and 360 yards per game. Blaze Alldredge leads the Rice Owls with 21 tackles, Trey Schuman has one sack and Miles McCord has one interception.
The North Texas Mean Green also haven’t played in three weeks and look to build on a 2-3 record. The North Texas Mean Green have lost three straight home games. Austin Aune is completing 55.5 percent of his passes for 1,233 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Aune and Jason Bean have combined for 14 touchdown passes and five interceptions. Jaelon Darden and Deonte Simpson have combined for 1,017 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Greg White has eight receptions. The North Texas Mean Green ground game is averaging 255 yards per contest, and DeAndre Torrey leads the way with 444 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, North Texas is allowing 44.2 points and 549.4 yards per game. KD Davis leads the North Texas Mean Green with 34 tackles, Larry Nixon III has two sacks and Cam Johnson has one interception.
The Owls are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in November and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mean Green are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 conference games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Owls last 5 road games. The over is 4-1 in Mean Green last 5 games overall. The Road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
It's hard to get a proper feel for this contest when you consider neither of these teams has had a consistent schedule and they both haven't played in three weeks. There's sure to be rust and potential for sloppy plays on both sides of the ball. With that said, North Texas is at home, and it's been on the winning side in three of the last four meetings against Rice. And while its small sample sizes for both teams, Rice has had issues defending the pass this season and North Texas has been highly impressive on the offensive side of the ball.
I'll lay the small chalk with North Texas.