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Owls vs Cougars Pick & Preview: NCAAF Week 4 Betting Odds

The Rice Owls travel to take on the Houston Cougars, at TDECU Stadium in Houston, TX. Kickoff for this week’s game is set for 6:00 PM ET and will be televised on ESPN+. In a non-conference showdown, the Cougars are 17.5 point favorites at home. The over-under point total is currently set at 57.5.

Owls vs Cougars Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAF
  • Teams: Rice Owls at Houston Cougars
  • Where: Houston at TDECU Stadium
  • Date: Saturday, September 24th
  • Betting Odds:
  • HOU -17.5, RICE +578 | HOU -908 O/U 57.5

Owls Preview:

The Rice Owls travel to take on the Houston Cougars in a non-conference matchup with an overall record of 2-1. So far, they have yet to play a game in the Conference USA.

In their last game, Rice defeated Louisiana 33-21, despite being the 11.5 point underdogs. The two team’s combined to score 54 points, surpassing the over-under betting line of 52.0. In the loss, the team’s defense gave up a total of 175 yards, with 61 coming on the ground. So far, the team is ranked 72nd in rush yards allowed per game. Currently, Rice is ranked 82nd in passing yards allowed and is coming off a game in which they gave up 114 yards through the air.

The Owls head into the game with the 71st ranked scoring offense at 33.0 points per game. Currently, they have scored a majority of their touchdowns through the air, with 7 receiving touchdowns compared to 5 rushing scores. When looking at the team’s performance in the run game, they are currently 82nd in yards per game at 167.0. On average, they hand the ball off 40.33 times per contest. Heading into the game, the Owls will be looking to turn things around in the passing game, as their per game average of 238.33 yards places them 99th in the NCAA. So far, they are the 106th ranked team in attempts per contest (31.67).

Cougars Preview:

The Houston Cougars travel to take on the Rice Owls in a non-conference matchup with an overall record of 1-2. So far, they have yet to play a game in the American Athletic.

Houston is coming off a 18 loss to Kansas by a score of 48-30. The Cougars entered the game as 8.5 point road underdogs, making this an ATS loss. The two team’s combined to score 78 points, surpassing the over-under betting line of 58.0. In the win, the team’s defense gave up a total of 438 yards, with 280 coming on the ground. So far, the team is ranked 107th in rush yards allowed per game. Currently, Houston is ranked 152nd in passing yards allowed and is coming off a game in which they gave up 158 yards through the air.

Offensively, the Cougars are the 74th ranked scoring offense, at 32.33 points per game. Heading into the game, they have an equal amount of rushing and receiving touchdowns at 5 apiece. When looking at the team’s performance in the run game, they are currently 115th in yards per game at 133.67. On average, they hand the ball off 37.33 times per contest. Heading into the game, the Cougars will be looking to turn things around in the passing game, as their per game average of 248.0 yards places them 82nd in the NCAA. So far, they are the 74th ranked team in attempts per contest (34.0).

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NCAFF Game

In terms of betting, the Owls have an ATS record of 2-1-0. Their current over-under record sits at 3-0-0. In their last 5 games away from home, the Owls have a straight up record of 1-4-0 while going 1-4-0 vs the spread. The team averaged 19.2 points per game in this stretch.

In terms of betting, the Cougars have an ATS record of 1-2-0. Their current over-under record sits at 2-0-1. Across their last 5 home contests, Houston has been good against the spread posting a mark of 2-3-0. Their overall mark in these games was 4-1-0, while averaging 32.8 points per game.

Owls vs Cougars Pick

Free Spread Prediction: Rice Owls 17.5

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