UTEP Miners vs. Rice Owls - 11/30/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rice Owls at UTEP Miners
Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 3:00 PM (Sun Bowl)
RICE -6.5 O/U 44
The Rice Owls travel to the Sun Bowl to take on the UTEP Miners. Both teams have struggled to find wins last year, however the Owls come in on a 2 game winning streak last week beating North Texas 20-14 to improve their record on the season to 2-9.
Rice came out hot, scoring 20 unanswered points to start the game and was able to hold on allowing only 238 total yards. The Rice rushing attack was led by senior running back Charlie Booker who carried the ball 22 times for 78 yards and found the endzone.
UTEP comes in on a 9 losing skid, fresh off a road loss to New Mexico State 44-35. UTEP’s offense totaled 557 yards in the loss. UTEP quarterback Kai Locksley was very effective going 24/28 for 358 yards and two touchdowns and adding 103 yards and another rushing touchdown in the loss. The Miners struggle to stop the run surrendering 259 yards on the road and allowing 4 touchdowns.
UTEP has struggled ATS all season and specifically as of late covering in only one of their last 5 games and posting a 3-7-1 record ATS this season. Rice has controlled the series against UTEP going 7-3 both straight up and against the spread when playing the Miners in the last 10 matchups between these two teams. UTEP will look to flip the script and dual threat quarterback Kai Locksley will look to build off his recent success in a close, high scoring game where UTEP will be able to cover the spread late. UTEP will be unable to pull out the win but will keep the game close enough to cover the spread. Final Score Prediction, Rice Owls win but do not cover 31-28.