Rice vs. Southern Miss
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 12:01 PM (Rice Stadium)
USM -12.5 O/U 53 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles come into Saturday’s match up against the Rice Owls after a loss to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs by the score of 45-30. Jack Abraham completed 26 of 40 passes for 327 yards but his numbers were hurt by throwing 4 interceptions. Running back Kevin Perkins only ran for 56 yards on 12 carries. The Southern Mississippi defense was also largely to blame for the loss, giving up 476 total yards.
On the year the Golden Eagles are now 4-3. The interceptions by Abraham were his first of the year against 12 passing touchdowns. Wide receiver Quez Watkins has been Abraham’s favorite target on the year, catching 20 passes for 528 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Southern Mississippi defense has struggled all year allowing 29.8 points a game and averaging giving up 388.2 yards per game this year.
The Rice Owls come into Saturday’s game still looking for their first win of the year against their 7 losses. In their most recent loss against the University of Texas at San Antonio, quarterback Wiley Green completed 11 of 18 passes for 135 yards, a touchdown, and interception. Running back Aston Walter lead the way in the running game totaling 109 yards on 18 carries and scoring a touchdown. Wide receiver Brad Rozner also had a productive game catching 9 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown.
Despite Rice keeping their most recent game close, they have struggled on both sides of the ball this season. Their offense is only scoring 15.7 points per game and their defense is averaging giving up 30.3 points per game. The Rice defense seems to struggle most in the yards per game category, giving up 406 yards per game.
My Pick – unfortunately for Rice fans, a visit from the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles is not what the doctor ordered and I believe they will still be without a win after this game. The Southern Mississippi offense is averaging scoring 30.5 points per game and I don’t think the Rice defense will be able to slow them down. Southern Miss wins big 35-10 and covers the spread.