Rice Owls vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles Prediction, 10/31/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Rice Owls vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020
Location: M. M. Roberts Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: Rice (+3.5)
Mike Collins and the Rice Owls (0-1) are headed to M. M. Roberts Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (1-4). Rice opens this matchup as 3.5-point underdogs. The O/U opens at 59.5.
In their last game, the Rice Owls faced the MTSU Blue Raiders and took the loss by a score of 40-34. Mike Collins went 18/35 with 242 yards by way of the pass and threw 4 touchdowns. He gave away 1 interception for the contest. Juma Otoviano led the team on the ground for that game. He tore off a long run of 16 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on this day. He rushed for a total of 84 yards on 20 carries which meant he averaged 4.2 yards per carry. Austin Trammell was the receiving yardage leader by earning 76 yards on 3 receptions. He had an average of 25.3 yards per catch for that game.
Concerning getting in the endzone, the Rice Owls have an average of 34 points per contest. As a team they're holding an average of 183 yards in the run game which ranks them 35th in the nation. The Owls have tallied 425 total yards this year. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Rice has compiled 4 passing touchdowns but no TD's on the ground. The Owls are ranked 101st in the country concerning team defense, allowing 40 points per game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3 yards per tote and 118 rushing yards per game for the season. They have allowed 118 running yards through 1 game. Regarding passing yardage, the Owls have given up 333 yards which has them sitting in 36th in Division 1.
Mike Collins has connected on 100 of his attempted career 180 passes for a completion percentage of 55.6%. He is passing for 122.7 yds per outing. For his collegiate career, Collins has thrown for a total of 1,350 yds with 10 touchdowns and 3 picks. His quarterback rating is 133.6 with a touchdown rate of 5.6% and an interception percentage of 1.7%. Since he has been in college, he has left the pocket to run 49 times for a total of 132 rushing yards.
The last time they played, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles went up against the Liberty Flames and left there with a loss by a score of 56-35. Frank Gore Jr. led the team in rushing in this game. He had a long run of 10 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for a total of 79 yards by way of 15 carries which means he ran for an average of 5.3 yards per run. Jason Brownlee led the team in receiving yardage by earning 114 yards on 5 catches. He notched an average of 22.8 yards per reception in this game. Tate Whatley went 15/26 with 188 yards through the air and completed 1 TD. He threw 1 pick for the contest.
During this campaign so far, the Golden Eagles have thrown for a total of 1,313 yards via the pass as well as holding an average of 262.6 passing yards per outing, which has them ranked 32nd in Division 1. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles maintain an average of 404.8 yards per contest which has them ranked 51st in college football. They maintain an average of 142.2 run yards per game and have rushed for 711 yards for the year. In relation to their scoring prowess, the Golden Eagles are ranking 50th in the nation averaging 30.2 points per contest. Southern Miss has given up a total of 1,092 yards rushing (218.4 yards/game) as well as 12 touchdowns rushing so far this year. The Golden Eagles are conceding 43.2 points per contest, which has them ranked 107th in the nation. Over the course of the season, they have relinquished 216 total points. They have allowed 17 touchdowns through the air and 281.4 yards/game, which puts them in 94th in the nation.
Whatley has thrown 5 TD's compared to 4 picks in his career. His TD percentage is 3.8% and his interception percentage is 3.1%. He has taken off and run for 227 yards on 93 attempts. He averages 69.8 yards per game through the air with a 113.8 quarterback rating. In the 12 contests in his college career, Tate Whatley has completed 69 of his 130 tries for a total of 838 yds.
Who will win tonight's Owls/Golden Eagles college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Owls +3.5
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