Saturday, October 29, 2016
Joe Aillet Stadium
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The Rice Owls take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Joe Aillet Stadium. The opening line for this game has Louisiana Tech as 23 point favorites. This season the Owls are 3-3-1 against the spread and their over/under record is 3-4-0. The Bulldogs have an over/under record of 6-2-0 and they are 5-3-0 against the spread.
Tyler Stehling finished with 407 yards through the air for Rice last week. He completed 22 passes out of 31 attempts for a 71% completion percentage. The Owls were led in rushing by Samuel Stewart, who finished with 116 yards on 11 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 11 yards per carry. Temi Alaka was the team leader in receiving with a total of 143 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 24 yards per reception. As a team in that game Rice got a total of 28 first downs. Of those first downs, 9 came on the ground while 14 came through the air. They ran 69 total plays for 634 yards for the game. The Owls ran for 200 yards on 37 attempts.
Ryan Higgins finished with 269 yards passing for Louisiana Tech last week. He went 22 for 30, resulting in a 73% completion percentage. The Bulldogs were led on the ground by Jarred Craft, who finished with 60 yards on 12 carries. He ended the game with an average of 5 yards per rush. Trent Taylor led the team in receiving with 156 yards and 11 catches. He finished the game with an average of 14 yards per reception. Louisiana Tech had 18 first downs total. 8 came from running the ball and 10 came from a pass. They ran 57 total plays for 411 yards for the contest. The Bulldogs ran for 142 yards on 27 carries as a team.
Rice scores 25.6 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 89th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 19 passes on 31.9 attempts for a 59.6 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 212 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 87th in college football. The Owls run for an average of 168.6 yards per game on 38.6 attempts for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. That ranks them 73rd in the nation. They also run 70.4 plays per contest and average 5.4 yards per play for an average of 380.6 yards per game, ranking their offense 91st overall this season. The Owls average 20.4 first downs per game which ranks them 83rd in the country. They accumulate 55.7 penalty yards per game via 6.9 penalties, which ranks 65th in the nation.
Rice allows 323.1 passing yards per game, ranking 126th in D-1, and they allow 37 points per contest on defense, which ranks 118th. They give up 18.6 completions on 28.9 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 64.4. The Owls allow 195.9 rushing yards per game on 42.7 carries for an average of 4.6 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 87th in the country. Rice allows 519 total yards per game including 7.3 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 126th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.1 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 8.1 penalties for 71.6 yards per game, ranking them 119th among D-1 teams.
Louisiana Tech averages 41.9 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 12th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 27.1 passes per game on 39.9 attempts for a 68 percent completion percentage. They throw for 368.8 yards through the air per game, ranking them 3rd in Division 1. The Bulldogs run for an average of 163.9 yards per game on 29.6 attempts for an average of 5.5 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 77th on the ground. They also run 69.5 plays per game and average 7.7 yards per play for a total of 532.6 yards per game, ranking them 8th in the country on offense. The Bulldogs get an average of 25.5 first downs per game, which ranks 15th in the nation. They average 47 penalty yards per game via 5 penalties, ranking them 98th in college football.
Louisiana Tech allows an average of 298.3 passing yards per game, which ranks 121st in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 31.6 points per contest, which has them ranked 91st in the nation. They give up 25.8 completions on 39.4 attempts for a completion percentage of 65.4 per game. The Bulldogs allow 132.8 rushing yards per contest on 34.4 carries for a 3.9 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 35th in the country. Louisiana Tech allows 431 total yards per game for an average of 5.8 yards per play, which ranks 87th in D-1. They force 1.1 turnovers per contest and 5.9 penalties for 53.1 yards in each contest, ranking 60th in the nation.
Rice Betting Trends
Rice is 3-4-0 against the over/under this season
Rice has an ATS record of 3-3-1 this season
Louisiana Tech Betting Trends
Louisiana Tech is 6-2-0 against the over/under this season
Louisiana Tech has an ATS record of 5-3-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/07/16 OL Connor Patterson Leg out for season
08/30/16 CB Justin Bickham Knee out for season
10/13/16 Backup RB Israel Tucker Knee out indefinitely
10/13/16 Backup RB Jaqwis Dancy Ankle expected to redshirt
09/15/16 DT Courtney Wallace Foot expected to redshirt
08/30/16 DB Jarrell Jackson Dismissed has left team
Josh's Pick: Take Rice
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