Rice Owls vs USF Bulls Prediction, 9/23/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Rice Owls vs USF Bulls
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Location: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Bulls (+2)
Raymond James Stadium is the location where the USF Bulls (1-2) will try to beat the Rice Owls (2-1) on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Rice opens this game as 2-point favorites. The betting total is set at 55.5.
The Rice Owls head into this matchup 2-1 for this season. In their last matchup, the Owls stepped onto the field against the Texas Southern Tigers and walked away with a win by a score of 59-7. JT Daniels finished 11/17 with 255 yds passing and 4 touchdowns. He had a QB rate of 268.4 and finished the contest without throwing an interception. Dean Connors led the offense in rushing for the Owls with 8 attempts for 66 yds (8.3 yards per carry). At the end of the game, they tallied 69 plays which gave them 485 yds. The Rice Owls ended up running the ball 51 times and tallied 231 yards, which earned them an average of 4.5 yards per carry. Against the run, the Owls conceded 81 yards on 31 attempts, which averages out to 2.6 yds per run surrendered. Rice gave up 9 pass completions on 19 attempts for 104 yds, and a completion percentage of 47.4%.
The Owls have earned 1,131 total yards for the year. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Rice has earned 8 touchdowns through the air and 7 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the ball over 5 different times. Rice has earned 57 first downs as an offense, and they have committed 15 infractions for 123 yds. As a unit they have an average of 109.0 yards in the run game giving them a rank of 112th in D-1. Concerning putting points on the board, the Rice Owls are averaging 37.3 points per contest.
The Owls are ranked 96th in the nation regarding team defense, conceding 28.3 PPG. They are allowing 3.9 yards per tote and 140.7 yards on the ground per game so far this year. During this campaign, they have conceded 422 running yards through 3 outings. When talking about passing yardage, the Owls are conceding 664 yards which ranks them 77th in the nation. They have given up 221.3 yards per outing through the air as well as conceding a completion percentage of 56.0%. For the season, they have allowed 362.0 yards per outing putting them 74th in D-1. They have relinquished 6 touchdowns via the pass as well as 5 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Bulls head into this game 1-2 for this season. The last time they took the gridiron, the Bulls took a loss by a final score of 17-3 when they played the Alabama Crimson Tide. Byrum Brown ended the contest with 87 yds on 14/28 passing while his quarterback rating was 69. He tossed 1 pick and his average yards per attempt was 3.1. Byrum Brown ran the football 23 times for 86 yds, finishing the game with 3.7 yds per attempt for USF. USF ran the football for 3.7 yards per carry, finishing the contest with 171 yds on 46 attempts. The Bulls finished the contest with a total of 258 yds while running 74 plays (3.5 yards per play). The Bulls passing defense allowed a completion rate of 43.5%, relinquishing 107 yds on 10 for 23 passing. USF relinquished 42 rushing attempts for 203 yards (4.8 yds per carry).
The USF Bulls average 380.0 yards per outing, which has them ranked 76th in Division 1. The USF offense has totaled 254 yards of penalties on 30 violations, which ranks them 5th in the nation in terms of giving up free yards. They hold an average of 217.7 yards per game on the ground and have run for 653 yards for the season. They have thrown 3 interceptions while conceding 2 fumbles and they have been able to tally 64 first downs. When it comes to how much they score, the Bulls currently sit 106th in college football by tallying 21.7 points per outing. During this campaign to this point, the Bulls currently have a total of 487 yards through the air along with holding an average of 162.3 passing yards per outing, which ranks 119th in the nation.
The Bulls are conceding 27.3 points per contest, which has them ranked 92nd in D-1. USF has allowed a total of 351 rushing yards (117.0 yards per outing) and 6 touchdowns via the rush this year. This year, they have relinquished 82 total points. They have allowed the opposition 3 touchdowns through the air as well as 272.3 yards/contest, which has them ranked 113th in the country. The Bulls defense has participated in 210 plays, which is good for 97th in D-1. Their defense has compiled 3 fumbles recovered and 3 interceptions on the season.
Who will win tonight's Owls/Bulls college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Bulls +2
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