Southern Miss vs Rice College Football Betting Tips and Predictions 10/26/2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Wiley Green and the Rice Owls play the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Rice Stadium on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Rice opens this game as 12-point underdogs. The Golden Eagles are 3-4-0 ATS and 4-3-0 when betting on the total. The Owls are 4-3-0 when wagering on the over/under and 3-3-1 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles took on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and were defeated 45-30. Kevin Perkins led the team in rushing during the game. His longest run of the day went for 22 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He ran for 56 yards by way of 12 carries which meant he averaged 4.7 yards per tote. Quez Watkins was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 102 yards on 6 catches. He earned an average of 17.0 yards per catch during the game. Leading the way at QB for the Golden Eagles was Jack Abraham who went 26/40 with 327 yards passing and tossed 1 TD. He gave away 4 picks on the day. The Golden Eagles rushed the ball a total of 30 times and added 110 yards which earned them an average of 3.7 yards per rush. In the game, they totaled 70 plays which added up to 437 yards. For the contest, the Golden Eagles racked up 23 first downs and they had a total of 7 penalties for 58 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. When it comes to their defensive performance, Southern Miss allowed 14 catches on 21 throws totaling 325 yards, and a completion percentage of 66.7%. Against the run, the Golden Eagles allowed 151 yards on 40 tries which means they had an average of 3.8 yards per rushing attempt allowed. For this contest, they conceded 476 yards and earned 2 turnovers.
The Golden Eagles come into this game with a record of 4-3 for this season. For total yards, they rank 3rd in the conference and 37th in college football with 3,105 yards. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation averaging 30.4 points per contest, which has them at 57th in college football. As a team, they have an average of 113 yards on the ground per game which is 12th in C-USA. The Golden Eagles have one of the most lackluster defenses in the country, allowing 32 points per game putting them 10th in C-USA. When it comes to passing yards, the Golden Eagles have conceded 2,314 yards. Teams are completing 62.2% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 9.5 yards per attempt. In regard to yards rushing, Southern Miss is giving up 127 yards per game putting them 3rd in Conference USA and 38th in D-1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4 yards per carry which has them at 6th in Conference USA and 55th in Division 1 overall. Overall, they have allowed 889 rushing yards through 7 contests.
The last time they took the field, the Rice Owls went up against the UTSA Roadrunners and ended up taking the loss by a score of 31-27. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Owls was Wiley Green who went 11/18 with 135 yards through the air and threw 1 TD. He walked away with 1 interception in the game. Aston Walter paced the team on the ground during the game. He broke a long run for 35 yards and he ran for 1 TD during the game. He rushed for 109 yards by way of 18 carries which means he ran for an average of 6.1 yards per run. Brad Rozner was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 138 yards on 9 catches. He notched an average of 15.3 yards per catch during the game. The Owls ran the ball 34 times and earned a total of 146 yards giving them an average of 4.3 yards per rush. For the game, the Owls racked up 21 first downs and they totaled 4 penalties for 31 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. In the game, they ran 63 plays which added up to 369 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Rice allowed 19 catches on 29 tries totaling 212 yards, and a completion percentage of 65.5%. For this contest, they conceded a total of 363 yards and forced 1 turnover. On the ground, the Owls allowed 151 yards on 29 runs which is an average of 5.2 yards per carry allowed.
The Owls head into this game 0-7. Rice needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 126.1 rushing yards per contest, which has them at 104th in the nation. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 883 yards rushing through 7 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Owls average 299.7 yards per game overall putting them 125th in D-1 and 13th in the conference. The Owls are conceding 30.4 points per contest which puts them at 8th in Conference USA and 91st in D-1. In regard to points given up, they have allowed 213 points in total. When talking about yards on the ground, they are allowing 159.6 yards per game ranking them 71st in the country and 7th in C-USA. This season, they have given up 1,117 rushing yards and 11.9 rushing TDs. Their passing defense is one of the mediocre groups in the nation. They are allowing 244.3 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Owls are currently ranked 9th in C-USA.
Who will win tonight's Golden Eagles/Owls college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Owls +12
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