North Texas Mean Green vs Rice Owls Prediction, 10/30/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: North Texas Mean Green vs Rice Owls
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Location: Rice Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Owls (-1.5)
The Rice Owls (3-4) are hosting the North Texas Mean Green (1-6) at Rice Stadium on Saturday. Rice opens this game as 1.5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The total comes in at 53.5.
The North Texas Mean Green head into this game 1-6 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Mean Green took the field against the Liberty Flames and took a loss by a final of 35-26. Austin Aune connected on 22/35 with 212 yards through the air and 1 TD. He had a QB rate of 111.7 and walked away from the game with 2 interceptions. Deandre Torrey was the rushing leader for the Mean Green with 29 attempts for 73 yards (2.5 yds per carry). The North Texas Mean Green ran the football 60 different times and recorded 242 yds, which came out to an average of 4.0 yds per attempt. For the game, they ran 95 plays which totaled 454 yards. North Texas surrendered 19 pass completions on 36 tries for a total of 305 yards, and a completion rate of 52.8%. When it came to stopping the run, the Mean Green conceded 45 yards on 29 attempts, which averages out to 1.6 yds per run allowed.
When it comes to scoring, the North Texas Mean Green are sitting at 23.0 PPG. As a team they average 219.4 yards in the run game which is 18th in the nation. The Mean Green have earned 2,944 total yards over the course of this year. In terms of notching touchdowns, North Texas has amassed 9 touchdowns through the air and 11 rushing touchdowns. North Texas has earned 163 1st downs, and they have been called for 64 penalties for 567 yds. They have turned the ball over 13 different times.
Regarding yards through the air, the Mean Green are allowing 1,697 yards which puts them in 91st in the nation. They have surrendered 242.4 yards per game through the air in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 63.1%. Over the course of this season, they have relinquished 421.1 yards per outing which has them sitting 111th in the nation. They have surrendered 17 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 14 touchdowns running the ball. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.5 yards per rushing attempt and 178.7 rushing yards per game on the campaign. In total, they have given up 1,251 rushing yards through 7 outings. The Mean Green are sitting in 131st in the nation regarding team defense, giving up 35.0 PPG.
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The Owls come into this game with a record of 3-4 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Owls went home victorious with a score of 30-24 when they played the UAB Blazers. Ari Broussard carried the ball 16 times for 65 yards, walking away from the game with 4.1 yards per carry for Rice. Wiley Green (3 touchdowns) finished the contest with 205 yds on 17/22 through the air while his quarterback rating was 200.5. He kept the ball away from the defense with no interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 9.3. Rice gave up 22 rush attempts for 127 yds (5.8 yards per rush). The Owls pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 61.3%, surrendering 318 yds on 19 for 31 passing. The Owls finished with 346 yards and they ran 70 plays (4.9 yards per play). Rice rushed the football for 2.9 yds per attempt, finishing the contest with 141 yds on 48 attempts.
When it comes to how much they score, the Owls currently rank 121st in the country by tallying 18.0 points per contest. For the year so far, the Owls have thrown for a total of 1,160 passing yards in addition to holding an average of 165.7 throwing yards per contest, which ranks 119th in Division 1. The Rice Owls hold an average of 313.9 yards per contest, which ranks them 119th in D-1. The Rice offense has compiled 323 yds of penalties on 40 violations, which is good for 96th in the nation in terms of giving up free yards.
Rice has given up a total of 1,365 yards on the ground (195.0 yards/game) and 20 touchdowns via the rush for the year. They have allowed 10 touchdowns through the air as well as 244.0 yards/game, which has them ranked 104th in D-1. The Owls defense has been on the field for 448 plays, which is 35th in the nation. The Owls are relinquishing 37.4 PPG, which has them 136th in the country. This season, they have allowed 262 points.
Who will win tonight's Mean Green/Owls college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Owls -1.5
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