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Rice Owls vs. Florida Atlantic Owls - 11/5/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Atlantic Owls (1-7) at Rice Owls (1-7)
Date & Time Saturday November 5, 2016, 3:30 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Rice Owls -4 -- Over/Under: 58
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CFB | Florida Atlantic Owls (1-7) at Rice Owls (1-7)

The Florida Atlantic Owls will travel to play the Rice Owls in a Conference USA college football game on Saturday.

The Rice Owls are 1-7 (0-5) this season after losing to Louisiana Tech by a score of 61-16 in their last game. Rice has struggled this season, with their only win coming against Prairie View. The Rice offense is averaging 24.4 points per game with 166.6 rushing yards and 204.9 passing yards per game. Tyler Stehling is completing 58.6% of his passes for 1490 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions for Rice. Samuel Stewart has rushed for 362 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Darik Dillard has added 347 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns for the Owls. Zach Wright has caught 22 passes for 212 yards and 1 touchdown, while Temi Alaka has caught 17 passes for 299 yards and 1 score for Rice. The Rice defense is giving up 40 points per game with 209 rushing yards and 337 passing yards per game. Emmanuel Ellerbee has led the Owls defense with 78 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and 1 interception, while Tabari McGaskey has added 35 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Haden Tobola has gone 4-7 on field goals, with a long of 44 yards.

The Florida Atlantic Owls are 1-7 (0-4) this season after losing to Western Kentucky by a score of 52-3 in their last game. FAU has lost 7 straight games, with their only win coming against Southern Illinois in week 1. The Florida Atlantic offense is averaging 20 points per game with 154.5 rushing yards and 182.2 passing yards per game. Jason Driskel is completing 57.1% of his passes for 1355 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions for FAU. Greg Howell has rushed for 643 yards and 9 touchdowns, while Driskel has added 162 rushing yards and 3 scores for the Owls. Kalib Woods has caught 44 passes for 615 yards and 1 touchdown, while Tyler Cameron has added 11 catches for 98 yards and 1 touchdown for Florida Atlantic. The Owls defense is giving up 37.8 points per game with 230.9 rushing yards and 268 passing yards per game. Jalen Young has led the FAU defense with 80 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions, while Azeez Al-Shaair has added 68 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 1 interception. Greg Joseph has gone 7-7 on field goals, with a long of 50 yards.

Florida Atlantic is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The under is 7-2 in FAU’s last 9 conference games. Rice is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 November games. The over is 4-1 in Rice’s last 5 games.

This is a game between two very bad teams, and I would recommend staying away from this game. Both of these defenses are very bad, while each offense doesn’t produce many points. With Rice being at home, I have to give them the advantage, but I like the over in this game. 

Over 58

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