Rice Owls vs. Texas El Paso Miners
The Rice Owls look to end their three game losing streak as they host the UTEP Miners on Saturday. The Owls are -1 point favorites over the Miners with an over/under point total set at 56.5.
While expectations were modest this season for the Rice Owls David Bailiff’s team has lost five of their last six games and the wheels look to be off the cart. Taylor Mchargue has played most of the way at QB but the results just aren’t there as he’s completed 57.5 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Tyler Smith and Turner Petersen split time in the backfield with Smith averaging 6.5 yards per carry and Petersen averages 5.1 yards and had four touchdowns. Luke Wilson leads the Owls with 28 receptions followed by Vance McDonald with 27. In most of their losses the Rice defense has been absolutely roasted and it will be interesting to see if the mental scars have healed from the 73 points they had laid on them last week by Houston.
The UTEP Miners lost in a bowl game a year ago but looking ahead at the schedule for this season Mike Price’s team they are going to need to win this one and pull a big upset in their last three to get a chance to redeem themselves for that performance. Nick Lamaison has been decent in spots but with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions we’re never exactly sure what we are going to get. Joe banyard has 552 yards on the ground and three scores and Leilyon Myers has seven rushing touchdowns. Mike Edwards leads the UTEP receivers with 29 catches and Donavon Kemp averages 18.4 yards per catch. The UTEP defense has 20 sacks eight interceptions and five fumble recoveries and DeShawn Grayson has 55 tackles and Jeremy Springer has 50.
Rice is 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven road games, 1-4 against the spread following a loss by 20 or more points, and 10-1 against the spread after rushing for over 200 yards in their previous game. UTEP is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games overall, 5-1 against the spread in their last six conference games, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games. UTEP is 1-7 against the spread in the last eight meetings of these two.
While neither of these offenses light up the scoreboard consistently, against these defenses we should see some numbers, enough that the play here is over the total as taking a side with teams this inconsistent is a tall order.