Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns vs Rice Owls Prediction, 9/17/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns vs Rice Owls
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022
Location: Rice Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Owls (+12.5)
Rice Stadium is the site where the Rice Owls (1-1) will attempt to beat the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (2-0) on Saturday. Rice opens this matchup as 12.5-point dogs from oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 53.5.
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns step onto the field holding a record of 2-0 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Ragin' Cajuns took on the Eastern Michigan Eagles and took home the win by a score of 49-21. Ben Wooldridge went 12/13 with 169 yds through the air and 2 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 252.3 and finished the contest without throwing a pick. Dre'lyn Washington led the offense in rushing for the Ragin' Cajuns with 8 totes for 45 yds (5.6 yds per attempt). The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns ran the ball a total of 35 different times and totaled 149 yards, which had them averaging 4.3 yards per attempt. Overall, they tallied 69 plays which gave them 459 yds. Louisiana gave up 34 completions on 53 tries for a total of 324 yards, and a completion rate of 64.2%. In the running game, the Ragin' Cajuns conceded 42 yds on 23 tries, which is an average of 1.8 yards per run allowed.
The Ragin' Cajuns have racked up 833 yards in total for this campaign. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Louisiana has earned 7 passing touchdowns and 2 touchdowns on the ground. They have given the ball to the opposition 0 different times. Louisiana has accrued 41 first downs as an offense, and they have been called for 16 infractions for 150 yds. As a unit they average 141.0 yards via the ground game which ranks them 85th in Division 1. Concerning putting points on the board, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns are sitting at 36.5 points per contest.
In terms of passing yardage, the Ragin' Cajuns have given up 473 yards which puts them in 81st in D-1. They have given up 236.5 yards per game via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 63.6%. For the season, they have yielded 313.0 yards/outing which has them sitting 49th in the nation. They have yielded 2 touchdowns via the pass as well as 2 touchdowns on the ground. The opposition is running for an average of 3.1 yards per rushing attempt and 76.5 yards on the ground per game for the campaign. In total, they have conceded 153 yards via the ground game in 2 outings. The Ragin' Cajuns are sitting in 31st in the country in terms of team defense, giving up 14.0 points per contest.
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The Owls head into this matchup 1-1 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Owls took home the win by a final score of 52-10 against the McNeese State Cowboys. TJ Mcmahon (4 TDs) finished the game with 274 yds on 20/29 through the air while his quarterback rating was 193.8. He didn't toss any interceptions and his Y/A was 9.4. Ari Broussard carried the ball 17 times for 71 yds, ending the game with 4.2 yds per carry for Rice. Rice ended up running for 4.9 yards per attempt, finishing the game with 209 yds on 43 carries. The Owls finished the game with 487 yards while running 74 plays (6.6 yds per play). The Owls pass defense conceded a completion rate of 38.1%, surrendering 91 yds on 8 out of 21 passing. Rice allowed 30 rush attempts for 172 yds (5.7 yards per rush).
When discussing their scoring prowess, the Owls rank 71st in college football averaging 33.0 points per contest. During the season thus far, the Owls have thrown for 412 yards through the air not to mention holding an average of 206.0 passing yards per outing, which ranks 94th in Division 1. The Rice Owls average 383.5 yards per game, which has them ranked 82nd in D-1. The Rice offense has 122 penalty yards on 11 infractions, which ranks 93rd in Division 1 in terms of hurting your team.
The Owls are conceding 38.0 points per game, which has them 116th in the country. Rice has conceded a total of 380 rushing yards (190.0 yards/game) in addition to 5 touchdowns rushing so far this season. Overall, they have relinquished 76 pts. They have allowed 2 touchdowns through the air as well as 210.5 yards per outing, which has them sitting 62nd in D-1. The Owls defense has taken the field for 109 plays, which is good for 10th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Ragin' Cajuns/Owls college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Ragin' Cajuns -12.5
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