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Rice vs. Texas - 9/14/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas at Rice
Date & Time Saturday September 14, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
NRG Stadium
Houston, Texas
The Line
Rice Owls +32 O/U: 56
TV Channel
CBSS
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The Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls will match up on the college football circuit Saturday.

The Longhorns come in here at 1-1 on the year. Texas blew out LA Tech in their opener 45-14 but fell in a tough one 45-38 to LSU this past weekend.

In the LSU loss, Texas QB Sam Ehlinger posted 401 yards and four touchdowns, and also led the rush with 60 yards and a TD. Devin Duvernay had 154 yards and two scores off 12 receptions as well.

Over on the Rice side, they’re 0-2 after falling to Army 14-7 in Week 1 and Wake Forest 41-21 over the weekend.

In the Deacons game, Rice QB Tom Stewart logged 185 yards and a TD, and Aston Walter had 29 yards and a score rushing. Brad Rozner posted a good line for the Owls on 103 yards from six receptions.

The Longhorns are 4-1 ATS in their last five versus Conference USA and 6-2 ATS in their last eight neutral-site games. Texas is 1-4 ATS versus a team with a losing record and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 after a straight-up loss.

Meanwhile, the Owls are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four after a straight-up loss and 4-0-1 ATS in their last five overall. Rice is 4-1-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the Big 12.

Had a couple more things broken Texas’ way in Week 2 they’d be 2-0 right now, and even though it took them a while to get going the Longhorns put up a good effort against a tough LSU squad.

Realistically the line looks about right here but it’s a really thick spread. I’m going toward the Longhorns here but probably staying away.

Pick:
Texas Longhorns -32

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