Saturday, November 19, 2016
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The UTEP Miners take on the Rice Owls on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Rice Stadium. The opening line for this game has UTEP as 1.5 point favorites. This season the Miners are 4-5-1 against the spread and their over/under record is 5-5-0. The Owls have an over/under record of 5-5-0 and they are 4-5-1 against the spread.
Ryan Metz finished with 191 yards through the air for UTEP last week. He completed 16 passes out of 21 attempts for a 76% completion percentage. The Miners were led in rushing by Aaron Jones, who finished with 228 yards on 14 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 16 yards per carry. Hayden Plinke was the team leader in receiving with a total of 77 yards and 7 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 11 yards per reception. As a team in that game UTEP got a total of 27 first downs. Of those first downs, 15 came on the ground while 10 came through the air. They ran 66 total plays for 514 yards for the game. The Miners ran for 323 yards on 44 attempts.
Tyler Stehling finished with 254 yards passing for Rice last week. He went 18 for 28, resulting in a 64% completion percentage. The Owls were led on the ground by Austin Walter, who finished with 75 yards on 14 carries. He ended the game with an average of 5 yards per rush. Kylen Granson led the team in receiving with 87 yards and 7 catches. He finished the game with an average of 12 yards per reception. Rice had 23 first downs total. 10 came from running the ball and 10 came from a pass. They ran 78 total plays for 440 yards for the contest. The Owls ran for 159 yards on 45 carries as a team.
UTEP scores 24 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 97th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 16.4 passes on 27.6 attempts for a 59.4 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 186.4 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 101st in college football. The Miners run for an average of 178.4 yards per game on 34.9 attempts for an average of 5.1 yards per carry. That ranks them 62nd in the nation. They also run 62.5 plays per contest and average 5.8 yards per play for an average of 364.8 yards per game, ranking their offense 105th overall this season. The Miners average 18.7 first downs per game which ranks them 109th in the country. They accumulate 48 penalty yards per game via 6 penalties, which ranks 93rd in the nation.
UTEP allows 206.5 passing yards per game, ranking 38th in D-1, and they allow 35.1 points per contest on defense, which ranks 108th. They give up 16.6 completions on 27.6 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 60.1. The Miners allow 217.9 rushing yards per game on 40.4 carries for an average of 5.4 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 102nd in the country. UTEP allows 424.4 total yards per game including 6.2 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 78th in terms of yards per game. They force 0.9 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 5 penalties for 45.4 yards per game, ranking them 28th among D-1 teams.
Rice averages 24.2 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 96th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 20.4 passes per game on 33.5 attempts for a 60.9 percent completion percentage. They throw for 220.9 yards through the air per game, ranking them 81st in Division 1. The Owls run for an average of 163.3 yards per game on 40 attempts for an average of 4.1 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 79th on the ground. They also run 73.5 plays per game and average 5.2 yards per play for a total of 384.2 yards per game, ranking them 85th in the country on offense. The Owls get an average of 21.2 first downs per game, which ranks 64th in the nation. They average 51.4 penalty yards per game via 6.1 penalties, ranking them 78th in college football.
Rice allows an average of 312.2 passing yards per game, which ranks 125th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 38.3 points per contest, which has them ranked 118th in the nation. They give up 18.3 completions on 28.6 attempts for a completion percentage of 64 per game. The Owls allow 216.6 rushing yards per contest on 41.6 carries for a 5.2 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 100th in the country. Rice allows 528.8 total yards per game for an average of 7.5 yards per play, which ranks 125th in D-1. They force 1.1 turnovers per contest and 7.8 penalties for 69.3 yards in each contest, ranking 116th in the nation.
UTEP Betting Trends
UTEP is 5-5-0 against the over/under this season
UTEP has an ATS record of 4-5-1 this season
Rice Betting Trends
Rice is 5-5-0 against the over/under this season
Rice has an ATS record of 4-5-1 this season
Injuries to Watch
11/13/16 DL Gene Hopkins Concussion "?" Saturday vs. Rice
08/29/16 RB Treyvon Hughes Knee out for season
11/13/16 LB DJ Green Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. UTEP
11/13/16 WR Parker Smith Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. UTEP
11/13/16 RB Samuel Stewart Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. UTEP
11/13/16 S Houston Robert Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. UTEP
11/13/16 OL Isaiah Edwards Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. UTEP
11/13/16 CB J.T. Blasingame Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. UTEP
11/13/16 S J.T. Ibe Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. UTEP
11/13/16 WR Lance Wright Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. UTEP
11/08/16 DT Carl Thompson Shoulder out for season
09/07/16 OL Connor Patterson Leg out for season
08/30/16 CB Justin Bickham Knee out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Rice +1.5
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