UTEP Miners vs Rice Owls Prediction, 11/3/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: UTEP Miners vs Rice Owls
Date: Thursday, November 3, 2022
Location: Rice Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Owls (-2.5)
The Rice Owls (4-4) will go up against the UTEP Miners (4-5) at Rice Stadium on Thursday. Rice opens this matchup as 2.5-point favorites. The betting total comes in at 487.
The UTEP Miners head into this matchup 4-5 for this season. In their last contest, the Miners faced the MTSU Blue Raiders and took a loss by a final of 24-13. Calvin Brownholtz went 1/1 with 14 yds passing. He had a quarterback rating of 217.6 and walked away from the contest without throwing a pick. Deion Hankins was the best rusher for the Miners with 13 totes for 68 yds (5.2 yds per carry). When the final whistle blew, they had 69 plays for 292 yards. The UTEP Miners ended up rushing 34 times and accumulated 101 yds, earning them an average of 3.0 yds per attempt. When it came to stopping the run, the Miners gave up 113 yds on 35 tries, which is 3.2 yds per run surrendered. UTEP allowed 21 pass completions on 27 tries for 265 yds, and a completion percentage of 77.8%.
The Miners have earned 3,282 yards in total this season. In terms of distribution of touchdowns, UTEP has compiled 10 passing touchdowns and 7 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the football over 18 times. UTEP has a total of 182 first downs as an offense, and they have been called for 60 penalties for 550 yards. As a unit they average 140.4 yards on the ground which is 77th in the nation. In terms of putting the ball in the endzone, the UTEP Miners hold an average of 21.3 points per game.
In terms of yards through the air, the Miners are giving up 1,826 yards which ranks them 56th in college football. They have conceded 202.9 yards per outing through the air in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 56.5%. In total, they have yielded 355.4 yards per contest which ranks them 45th in the country. They have yielded 18 touchdowns by air as well as 11 touchdowns on the ground. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.3 yards per running attempt and 152.6 rushing yards per game for the campaign. For the season, they have allowed 1,373 rushing yards through 9 contests. The Miners rank 75th in college football regarding the opposition scoring, giving up 27.4 points per contest.
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The Owls come into this game with a record of 4-4 for this year. The last time they took the field, the Owls took a loss by a final score of 56-23 when they played the Charlotte 49ers. TJ Mcmahon (3 TDs) finished the game with 218 yds on 18/33 through the air while his quarterback rate was 134. He tossed 1 pick and his average yards per attempt was 6.6. TJ Mcmahon ran the football 9 times for 45 yards, ending the contest with 5.0 yards per carry for Rice. The Owls ended up finishing with 370 yards while running 63 plays (5.9 yds per play). Rice ran for 5.1 yds per carry, finishing with 152 yards on 30 carries. Rice relinquished 43 run attempts for 239 yds (5.6 yards per rush). The Owls secondary allowed a completion percentage of 85.0%, relinquishing 275 yds on 17 out of 20 through the air.
When it comes to putting points on the board, the Owls sit 67th in the nation by scoring 29.1 points per game. During this campaign so far, the Owls have thrown for 1,776 passing yards along with an average of 222.0 passing yards per game, which is ranked 89th in college football. The Rice Owls average 371.1 yards per outing, which ranks them 84th in Division 1. The Rice offense has totaled 465 penalty yards on 49 infractions, which ranks 75th in Division 1 in terms of helping out the opposition.
The Owls are relinquishing 33.6 points per game, which has them sitting 117th in the country. Rice has surrendered a total of 1,305 rushing yards (163.1 yards per outing) and 12 touchdowns rushing for the year. This year, they have allowed 269 total points. They have given up 18 touchdowns through the air and 206.5 yards per outing, which has them ranked 38th in college football. The Owls defense has taken the field for 493 plays, ranking them 18th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's Miners/Owls college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Miners +2.5
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