Rice Owls (5-6) vs. North Texas Mean Green (6-5)
November 26, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: North Texas Mean Green -13.5 / Rice Owls +13.5; Over/Under: +62
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The Rice Owls and North Texas Mean Green meet Saturday in week 13 college football action at Apogee Stadium. The Rice Owls have lost 4 of their last 6 games. The North Texas Mean Green have split their last 10 games.
The Rice Owls have lost 4 of their last 5 road games. TJ McMahon is completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 2,102 yards, 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Bradley Rozner and Luke McCaffrey have combined for 1,462 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, while Isaiah Esdale has 34 receptions. The Rice Owls ground game is averaging 139.4 yards per contest, and Cameron Montgomery leads the way with 449 yards on 75 carries. Defensively, Rice is allowing 35 points and 384.5 yards per game. Chris Conti leads the Rice Owls with 63 tackles, Josh Pearcy has 5.5 sacks and Gabe Taylor has 2 interceptions.
The North Texas Mean Green have won 4 straight home games. Austin Aune is completing 57.6 percent of his passes for 2,912 yards, 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Roderic Burns and Jyaire Shorter have combined for 1,133 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns, while Var’Keyes Gumms has 28 receptions. The North Texas Mean Green ground game is averaging 209.6 yards per contest, and Ayo Adeyi leads the way with 690 yards and 4 touchdowns. Defensively, North Texas is allowing 31.3 points and 455 yards per game. KD Davis leads the North Texas Mean Green with 105 tackles, Mazin Richards has 7.5 sacks and Ridge Texada has 3 interceptions.
The Owls are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mean Green are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 12-3 in Owls last 15 games overall. The over is 7-2 in Mean Green last 9 games overall. The road team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
The North Texas Mean Green are the better team and should be favored, but I’m not sure about two touchdowns when you consider they’re 122nd in total defense, 112th in passing defense and 109th in scoring defense. North Texas has lost a few games, it probably shouldn’t because of poor defensive play. Even a bad offensive team like the Rice Owls should have some sort of success. Also, Rice is playing for a bowl berth, so there’s some motivation there. Give me the points.