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Rice Owls vs. North Texas Mean Green - 9/24/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Texas Mean Green (1-2) at Rice Owls (0-3)
Date & Time Saturday September 24, 2016, 6:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Rice Owls -7.5 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | North Texas Mean Green (1-2) at Rice Owls (0-3)

The North Texas Mean Green will travel to play the Rice Owls in a Conference USA showdown.

The Rice Owls are 0-3 this season after losing to Baylor by a score of 38-10 on Friday night. Rice had chances early in this game, but Baylor proved to be too much for the Owls. The Rice offense is averaging 12.7 points per game with 143.7 rushing yards and 138 passing yards per game. Tyler Stehling is completing 50.5% of his passes for 138.7 passing yards per game, 1 touchdown, and 3 interceptions for Rice. Darik Dillard has rushed for 65 yards per game, while Stehling has rushed for 36.3 yards per game and 1 touchdown this season for the Owls. James Mayden has caught 6 passes for 27.7 yards per game, while Parker Smith has hauled in 5 passes for 26 yards per game for Rice. The Rice defense is giving up 38.3 points per game with 247 rushing yards per game and 320 passing yards per game. Emmanuel Ellerbee has led the Rice defense with 31 tackles, while JT Blasingame has added 10 tackles and 1 interception. Haden Tobola has gone 1-1 on field goals this season for Rice, with a long of 24 yards.

The North Texas Mean Green are 1-2 this season after losing to Florida by a score of 32-0. North Texas was dominated in this game, with only 53 total yards in the game. The North Texas offense is averaging 20.7 points per game with 133 rushing yards and 166 passing yards per game. Mason Fine is completing 45.5% of his passes for 248 yards and 1 interception, while Alec Morris is completing 56% of his passes for 250 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for North Texas. Jeffrey Wilson has rushed for 195 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Willy Ivery has rushed for 114 yards and 1 touchdown for the Mean Green. Terian Goree has caught 12 passes for 90 yards, while Thaddeous Thompson has caught 9 passes for 138 yards and 1 touchdown for North Texas. The North Texas defense is giving up 28.7 points per game with 228 rushing yards and 196.7 passing yards per game. Kishawn McClain has led the North Texas defense with 17 tackles and 1 interception, while Cortney Finney has added 16 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Trevor Moore has gone 2-2 on field goals this season, with a long of 20 yards.

North Texas is 3-11 ATS in their last 14 road games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 conference games. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 North Texas games. Rice is 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The under is 4-0 in the Rice’s last 4 games. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in these two teams last 5 meetings.

North Texas was dominated in their last game against Florida and will be on the road in this game. Rice hasn’t won a game yet this season, but had their chances early against Baylor. The Rice offense hasn’t produced much this year and their defense is giving up almost 40 points per game. I like North Texas in this game. 

North Texas Mean Green +7.5

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