Rice Owls vs UTSA Roadrunners Prediction, 10/16/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Rice Owls vs UTSA Roadrunners
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: Alamodome in San Antonio, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Roadrunners (-18.5)
Alamodome is the site where the UTSA Roadrunners (6-0) will go up against the Rice Owls (2-3) on Saturday. UTSA opens this matchup as 18.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 54.5.
The Rice Owls head into this matchup 2-3 for this season. In their last matchup, the Owls faced the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and went home with a win by a final score of 24-19. Jake Constantine went 16/22 with 192 yards through the air and 2 TDs. He had a quarterback rating of 176.0 and finished the contest without throwing a pick. Jordan Myers led the offense in rushing for the Owls with 10 carries for 20 yards (2.0 yds per attempt). In the game, they had 56 plays which converted into 325 yards. The Rice Owls ended up rushing 33 different times and amassed 118 yds, earning them an average of 3.6 yards per attempt. Against the rush, the Owls gave up 57 yards on 27 tries, which averages out to 2.1 yards per rush allowed. Rice gave up 25 pass completions on 40 tries for a total of 321 yds, and a completion percentage of 62.5%.
When it comes to putting the ball in the endzone, the Rice Owls are sitting at 19.2 points per contest. As a team they hold an average of 166.0 yards rushing which has them sitting 65th in Division 1. The Owls have tallied 1,749 total yards this year. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Rice has totaled 5 passing touchdowns and 8 rushing touchdowns. Rice has amassed 93 first downs offensively, and they have been flagged for 34 penalties for 265 yards. They have surrendered the football 9 times.
When talking about yards via the pass, the Owls are giving up 1,248 yards which has them ranked 75th in college football. They have allowed 249.6 yards per contest via the pass as well as giving up a completion percentage of 64.2%. In total, they are allowing 445.0 yards/outing which ranks them 120th in the nation. They have yielded 7 touchdowns by air in addition to 16 touchdowns running the ball. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.4 yards per run and 195.4 rushing yards per game on the campaign. Overall, they have conceded 977 yards via the ground game in 5 outings. The Owls rank 137th in college football in terms of team defense, giving up 38.6 PPG.
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The Roadrunners head into this game 6-0 for this season. When they last played, the Roadrunners walked away with a victory by a final of 52-46 against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Frank Harris (6 touchdowns) finished the game with 349 yards on 28/38 passing while his QB rating was 197.7. He threw 1 interception and his average yards per attempt was 9.2. Sincere McCormick ran the football 23 times for 120 yards, finishing the contest with 5.2 yards per attempt for UTSA. UTSA ran the ball for 5.2 yards per carry, finishing the contest with 192 yards on 37 attempts. The Roadrunners finished the game with a total of 564 yds on 76 plays (7.4 yards per play). The Roadrunners pass defense conceded a completion rate of 63.3%, relinquishing 523 yards on 38 out of 60 passing. UTSA conceded 29 running attempts for 147 yards (5.1 yds per rush).
When it comes to their scoring prowess, the Roadrunners are sitting 19th in college football with an average of 37.5 PPG. During the season thus far, the Roadrunners have thrown for 1,722 yards through the air as well as an average of 287.0 passing yards per game, which ranks 25th in Division 1. The UTSA Roadrunners are averaging 453.5 yards per contest, which has them ranked 29th in the nation. The UTSA offense has totaled 214 yards of penalties on 22 violations, which is good for 124th in the country in terms of giving up free yards.
The Roadrunners are relinquishing 22.3 points per game, which puts them 58th in the nation. UTSA has allowed the opposition a total of 503 yards rushing (83.8 yards per game) in addition to 3 touchdowns by way of the ground game on the season. This season, they have given up 134 points. They have surrendered 13 touchdowns through the air and 276.3 yards per contest, which has them in 124th in the nation. The Roadrunners defense has participated in 394 plays, which has them sitting 78th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's Owls/Roadrunners college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Owls +18.5
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