Rice vs. Louisiana Tech - 9/28/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rice vs. Louisiana Tech
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 6:01 PM (Rice Stadium)
Louisiana Tech -10 -- O/U: 49 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Rice Owls meet in a week 5 C-USA conference college football matchup from Rice Stadium on Saturday night.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak, improving to 3-1 on the year after a 43-31 win over FIU I their last outing. J’Mar Smith has thrown for 818 yards, 5 touchdowns and an interception on 68.6% passing while Justin Henderson leads the Bulldogs in rushing with 136 rushing yards and Jaqwis Dancy has 105 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns this season. Adrian Hardy leads LT’s receiving corps with 164 receiving yards while Cee-Jay Powell has 13 grabs for 145 yards. Griffin Hebert has 140 receiving yards with a pair of touchdowns while Smoke Harris and Malik Stanley each have 100+ receiving yards as well. Defensively, James Jackson leads the Bulldogs with 25 total tackles including 18 solo tackles while Collin Scott has 22 tackles. As a team, Louisiana Tech is averaging 455.2 yards of total offense and 28 points per game while allowing 431.2 yards of total defense and 24.2 points per game against this season.
The Rice Owls will be on the hunt for their first win of the season following a 21-13 loss to Baylor in their last outing. Tom Stewart has thrown for 414 yards and 3 touchdowns on 59% passing while Aston Walter has 181 rushing yards and Nahshon Ellerbe has 106 rushing yards. Brad Rozner has 250 receiving yards to lead Rice while Austin Trammell has a team-high 18 receptions for 231 yards. Defensively, Blaze Alldredge leads Rice with 29 total tackles including 19 solo tackles while Antonio Montero and Treshawn Chamberlain each have 26 tackles this season. As a team, Rice is averaging 268 yards of total offense and 13.5 points per game while allowing 433.2 yards of total defense and 31 points per game against this season.
Louisiana Tech is 39-19 ATS in their last 58 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall. Rice is 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games while the under is 4-1-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Louisiana Tech is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I’d like to give Rice a chance here at home after keeping Baylor close for pretty much that entire game, but the issue is that Rice still isn’t a good team and the Owls are having trouble finding points and the value at home can only go so far. In the last five meetings between the two teams, Louisiana Tech has won by at least 25 points three times and 45 points twice, winning by an average of 28.8 points per game. I just don’t see Rice turning things around in the span of one game, so I’ll lay the points with Louisiana Tech on the road here.