UTEP Miners vs Rice Owls Prediction, 11/28/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UTEP Miners vs Rice Owls
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020
Location: Rice Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: UTEP (+8)
Gavin Hardison and the UTEP Miners (3-4) travel to Rice Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the Rice Owls (1-2). UTEP opens this game as 8-point dogs. The O/U is set at 46.5.
In their last contest, the UTEP Miners went up against the UTSA Roadrunners and ended up taking the loss by a score of 52-21. Deion Hankins paced the team on the ground in this outing. His longest run of the day went for 16 yards and he notched 1 touchdown in this outing. He racked up a total of 74 yards via 16 carries which meant he averaged 4.6 yards per run. Jacob Cowing was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 58 yards on 2 receptions. He averaged 29.0 yards per catch in this outing. Gavin Hardison went 14/21 with 159 yards by way of the pass and completed 1 TD. He finished the game without throwing an interception.
The Miners have racked up 2,288 total yards for the year. Offensively they're averaging 115.7 yards in the run game which ranks them 108th in D-1. With reference to scoring touchdowns, UTEP has compiled 5 passing touchdowns and 12 touchdowns on the ground. When it comes to putting the ball in the endzone, the UTEP Miners are sitting at 20.1 points per game. When it comes to passing yards, the Miners have conceded 1,620 yds which has them ranked 89th in Division 1. In total, they are granting 365.6 yards/game which puts them 50th in the country. The Miners rank 73rd in the country in terms of team defense, conceding 29.0 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.1 yards per rush and 134.1 rushing yards per game this year. Over the course of their 7 games played this season, they have conceded 231.4 yards per game through the air as well as allowing a completion percentage of 65.0%. Over the course of this season, they have given up 939 rushing yards through 7 games.
Gavin Hardison has connected on 135 of his attempted career 260 tosses for a completion percentage of 51.9%. He is throwing for 194.9 yards per game. For his career, Hardison has thrown for 1,754 yards with 6 TD's and 5 interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 112.4 with a touchdown percentage of 2.3% and an interception percentage of 1.9%. Since his collegiate career started, he has attempted a run 40 different times totaling -37 rushing yds.
The last time they took the field, the Rice Owls played the North Texas Mean Green and left there with a loss by a score of 27-17. Khalan Griffin led the team on the ground for the game. He broke a long run for 13 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on this day. He rushed for 72 yards via 20 carries which gave him an average of 3.6 yards per run. Austin Trammell was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 116 yards on 6 catches. He had an average of 19.3 yards per catch for the game. Mike Collins went 23/34 with 327 yards by way of the pass and threw 2 touchdowns. He ended the game with no interceptions.
For the season thus far, the Owls currently have a total of 802 passing yards along with holding an average of 267.3 passing yards per outing, which is ranked 40th in D-1. The Rice Owls average 404.3 yards per contest which has them ranked 56th in the country. They average 137.0 yards per game on the ground and have run for 411 yards in total. Regarding putting points on the board, the Owls are sitting 75th in college football with 27.0 PPG. Rice has given up a total of 487 yards on the ground (162.3 yards/game) and 4 touchdowns rushing on the season. The Owls are conceding 24.3 points per game, which has them 49th in the nation. This season, they have given up 73 points in total. They have surrendered 3 touchdowns through the air and 207.3 yards/outing, which has them in 45th in college football.
Collins has thrown 16 touchdowns while tossing 3 picks in his career. His TD rate when attempting a pass is 6.9% and his interception percentage is 1.3%. He has left the pocket and rushed for 95 yds on 70 tries. He is averaging 146.9 passing yards per contest with a 148.2 quarterback rating. In 13 contests in his career, Mike Collins has completed 135 of his 231 attempts for a total of 1,910 yds.
Who will win tonight's Miners/Owls college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Miners +8
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