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Rice Owls vs Texas El Paso Miners Odds
Sun Bowl will feature Miners vs. Owls on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in Week 13 action.
The Miners currently sports a record of 3-8, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-7 ATS. The Owls are 5-6 and 6-4-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Miners post a 5-6 over under record this season, while the Owls have gone 5-6 against the number.
Betting Line: Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Owls listed as 1-point underdogs earlier this week at Bovada. Meanwhile, the over under line was unavaiilable earlier in the week.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The Miners sit at No. 102 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Owls are at No. 66 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Owls will win this game 28-20.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Texas El Paso's No. 103-ranked offense, averaging 20.9 PPG, against a Owls defense that ranks No. 94 this week at 32 PPG. The Miners aerial game is averaging 217.5 yards per game, less than the Owls secondary allows through the air, 246.8 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Owls feature the league's No. 76-rated road run defense, allowing 185.4 yards per game. Texas El Paso, meanwhile, ranks No. 42 in rushing offense at home.
Rice was a 36-14 winner in their most recent outing at home against Southern Methodist. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (50) made winners of UNDER bettors. Rice cruised to victory in its last outing, as they ran up a 36-14 score against Southern Methodist at Rice Stadium.
In their last action, Texas El Paso was a 34-33 winner on the road against Southern Miss. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (67) was profitable news for OVER bettors. In their last game, the Miners were Week 12 winners, coming out on top of the Golden Eagles by a score of 34-33.
Rice Owls Trends:
When playing in November are 6-4
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing within the conference are 5-5
Texas El Paso Miners Trends:
When playing in November are 4-6
When playing on turf are 3-7
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 3-7
A few Owls at Miners trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Rice's last 8 games when playing Texas El Paso
Rice is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Texas El Paso
Rice is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Rice's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Texas El Paso's last 8 games when playing Rice
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas El Paso's last 9 games at home
Texas El Paso is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Rice
Texas El Paso is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home