Rice Owls vs Marshall Thundering Herd Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Rice Owls vs Marshall Thundering Herd
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: Joan C. Edwards Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: Rice (+23.5)
Mike Collins and the Rice Owls (1-2) are headed to Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Marshall Thundering Herd (7-0). Marshall opens this contest as 23.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 46.5.
In their last outing, the Rice Owls played the North Texas Mean Green and went home in defeat by a score of 27-17. Mike Collins went 23/34 with 327 yards through the air and threw 2 TD's. He ended the game with no interceptions. Khalan Griffin paced the team on the ground in this outing. He broke a long run for 13 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries which had him averaging 3.6 yards per run. Austin Trammell was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 116 yards on 6 receptions. He averaged 19.3 yards per reception in this outing.
In terms of getting in the endzone, the Rice Owls are averaging 27.0 points per contest. As a team they're averaging 137.0 yards on the ground ranking them 90th in Division 1. The Owls currently have 1,213 total yards this season. In terms of scoring, Rice has earned 10 touchdowns via the pass and 0 touchdown on the ground. The Owls sit in 46th in D-1 in terms of their opponents scoring, conceding 24.3 points per contest. They are allowing 4.5 yards per rush and 162.3 rushing yards per contest for the campaign. In total, they have allowed 487 running yards through 3 games. In terms of passing yards, the Owls are allowing 622 yards which ranks them 19th in the country. Over the course of their 3 games played this year, they have conceded 207.3 yards per outing via the pass as well as giving up a completion percentage of 66.0%. For the year, they have surrendered 369.7 yards per game ranking them 55th in the country.
For his career, Collins has thrown for a total of 1,910 yards with 16 TD's and 3 picks. Since his collegiate career started, he has taken off and run 70 different times for a total of 95 yds. He has a QB rating of 148.2 with a touchdown percentage of 6.9% and an interception percentage of 1.3%. He is averaging 146.9 yards per game. Mike Collins has completed 135 of his attempted career 231 tosses for a completion percentage of 58.4%.
In their last game, the Marshall Thundering Herd went up against the MTSU Blue Raiders and were on the winning end of this game by a score of 42-14. Grant Wells went 25/37 with 336 yards by way of the pass and completed 5 touchdowns. He walked away with no picks. Brenden Knox led the team on the ground in this outing. His longest run of the day went for 14 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He rushed for 70 yards by way of 16 carries which meant he was running for 4.4 yards per run. Willie Johnson led the team in receiving yardage by earning 137 yards on 8 receptions. He had an average of 17.1 yards per reception in this outing.
Over the course of the season thus far, the Thundering Herd currently have a total of 1,712 passing yards as well as an average of 244.6 throwing yards per outing, ranking them 51st in Division 1. The Marshall Thundering Herd have an average of 450.3 yards per contest which has them sitting 27th in college football. They hold an average of 205.7 run yards per game and have toted the ball for 1,440 yards for this year. When it comes to how much they score, the Thundering Herd rank 21st in the nation maintaining an average of 37.4 points per outing. Marshall has given up a total of 457 yards rushing (65.3 yards per contest) as well as 3 touchdowns via the rush so far this year. The Thundering Herd are surrendering 10.1 points per game, which has them 13th in college football. Over the course of the season, they have relinquished 71 total points. They have given up 6 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 194.4 yards per game, which has them sitting 35th in Division 1.
In the 8 contests in his collegiate career, Grant Wells has completed 126 of 192 attempts for a total of 1,674 yards. He is averaging 209.3 yds per game through the air with a 162.2 QB rating. Wells has thrown for 16 touchdowns while tossing 4 picks in his career. He has scampered for 156 yds on 37 attempts. His TD rate on pass attempts is 8.3% and his interception percentage is 2.1%.
Who will win tonight's Owls/Thundering Herd college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Owls +23.5
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