Rice Owls (1-2) at Marshall Thundering Herd (7-0)
College Football: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)
The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -23 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Marshall Thundering Herd take on the Rice Owls for their meeting Saturday in week 14 college football action at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
The Rice Owls look for a statement win to get back to a .500 record. The Rice Owls have won three of their last four road games. Mike Collins is completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 802 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception. Collins has 10 touchdown passes on his last 91 pass attempts. Austin Trammell and Jake Bailey have combined for 482 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Jordan Myers has 14 receptions. The Rice Owls ground game is averaging 137 yards per contest, and Juma Otoviano leads the way with 195 yards on 45 carries. Defensively, Rice is allowing 24.3 points and 369.7 yards per game. Blaze Alldredge leads the Rice Owls with 32 tackles, Trey Schuman has one sack and Miles McCord has one interception.
The Marshall Thundering Herd look to keep the ball rolling while building on their 7-0 record. The Marshall Thundering Herd haven’t lost a home game since September of last year. Grant Wells is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,674 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Wells has 10 touchdown passes in his last three games. Xavier Gaines and Artie Henry have combined for 569 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Corey Gammage has 23 receptions. The Marshall Thundering Herd ground game is averaging 205.5 yards per contest, and Brenden Knox leads the way with 744 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Marshall is allowing 10.1 points and 259.7 yards per game. Tavante Beckett leads the Marshall Thundering Herd with 69 tackles, Darius Hodge has six sacks and Steven Gilmore has one interception.
The Owls are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December. The Thundering Herd are 6-16 ATS in their last 22 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Owls last 5 games as an underdog. The over is 4-1 in Thundering Herd last 5 games overall. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Rice Owls have played just one game over the last month and its just hard for a team to find consistency or a rhythm when games are constantly getting postponed. The Marshall Thundering Herd continue to pile up the wins and covers, and they're one of the more balanced teams in the country led by arguably the best defense in college football. Marshall is second in total yards, and first in both rushing yards and points scored. This is also the last home game for Marshall, so you know they'll want to finish what they started in a big way. This could get ugly for the Rice Owls.