MTSU Blue Raiders vs Rice Owls Prediction, 10/24/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: MTSU Blue Raiders vs Rice Owls
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Location: Rice Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: MTSU (+2)
Rice Stadium is the venue where Mike Collins and the Rice Owls (3-9 last season) will play the MTSU Blue Raiders (1-5) on Saturday. The odds on this game have Rice as 2-point favorites. The over/under opens at 52.
In their last contest, the MTSU Blue Raiders faced the FIU Golden Panthers and were on the winning end of this game by a score of 31-28. Asher O'Hara paced the team on the ground for that game. He tore off a long run of 31 yards and he tallied 2 touchdowns for this outing. He rushed for 106 yards via 23 carries which had him averaging 4.6 yards per tote. Jarrin Pierce was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 80 yards on 5 receptions. He notched an average of 16.0 yards per reception for that game. Asher O'Hara went 23/42 with 268 yards via the pass and tossed 2 TD's. He walked away with 2 picks for the contest.
Regarding putting points on the board, the MTSU Blue Raiders hold an average of 22.0 PPG. As a unit they have an average of 143.2 yards via the ground game ranking this team at 91st in college football. The Blue Raiders have earned 2,143 total yards over the course of this season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, MTSU has earned 10 passing touchdowns and 7 rushing touchdowns. In terms of passing yardage, the Blue Raiders have given up 1,139 yards which has them ranked 13th in the country. In total, they are allowing 447.5 yards per game which has them ranked 121st in college football. The Blue Raiders sit in 137th in D-1 when it comes to their opponents scoring, allowing 37.7 PPG. The opposition is running for an average of 5.7 yards per run and 257.7 rushing yards per game this year. During their 6 games played, they have conceded 189.8 yards per outing through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 58.3%. Overall, they have allowed 1,546 rushing yards through 6 games.
Asher O'Hara has connected on 339 of his career 543 passes for a completion percentage of 62.4%. He is averaging 195.3 yards per outing. For his college career, O'Hara has thrown for a total of 3,906 yards with 29 touchdowns and 17 picks. His quarterback rating is 134.2 with a TD percentage of 5.3% and an interception rate of 3.1%. Since he has been in college, he has taken off and run 339 different times for a total of 1,559 yards.
In their last contest last season, the Rice Owls faced the UTEP Miners and added a win to their record by a score of 30-16. Aston Walter led the team on the ground in this game. His longest run of the day went for 64 yards and he tallied 1 TD in this outing. He scurried for 149 yards on 16 carries which means he ran for an average of 9.3 yards per run. Austin Trammell was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 54 yards on 4 catches. He averaged 13.5 yards per reception in this game. Tom Stewart went 8/16 with 115 yards by way of passing and completed 1 touchdown. He gave away 1 pick for the game.
They held an average of 129.3 yards per game via the rush and ran for 1,552 yards overall. For the prior season, the Owls threw for a total of 1,992 passing yards as well as averaging 166.0 passing yards per game, which had them sitting 118th in D-1. The Rice Owls averaged 295.3 yards/game which had them ranked 125th in Division 1. In terms of putting points on the board, the Owls were ranked 123rd in Division 1 holding an average of 17.9 points per outing. The Owls conceded 25.9 points per game, which had them ranked 64th in college football. Last season, they gave up 311 points in total. Rice conceded a total of 1,664 yards via the ground game (138.7 yards per contest) and 19 touchdowns on the ground last year. They yielded 18 touchdowns via the pass and 241.9 yards/outing, which had them ranked 103rd in the nation.
Mike Collins has thrown for 6 touchdowns while giving up 2 interceptions in his collegiate career. His touchdown percentage when attempting a pass is 4.1% and his interception rate is 1.4%. He has rushed for 120 yds on 40 attempts. He averages 110.8 yds per game through the air with a 131.6 quarterback rating. In the 10 games in his college career, Mike Collins has been successful on 82 of his 145 attempts for a total of 1,108 yds.
Who will win tonight's Blue Raiders/Owls college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Owls -2
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