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Owls open as underdog vs Wildcats

Rice OwlsNorthwestern Wildcats
Nov 12, 12:00 PM | Grass of Ryan Field

Rice Owls vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds

3-6TEAM RECORD4-5

The Wildcats will do battle with the visiting Rice Owls on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them.

The Wildcats sit at 4-5 (4-5 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Owls are currently 3-6 (4-5 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Northwestern is 6-3 OU, and Rice is 4-5 OU.

View Rice vs Northwestern Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Northwestern opened as 16-point favorites. The total was to be set a bit later in the week for over under betting purposes.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Wildcats sit at No. 53 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Owls are at No. 78 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Wildcats will win this game 32-19.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northwestern's No. 42-ranked offense, averaging 31.2 PPG, against a Owls defense that ranks No. 116 this week at 37.6 PPG. The Wildcats aerial game is averaging 245.9 yards per game, less than the Owls secondary allows through the air, 289.4 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Owls feature the league's No. 111-rated road run defense, allowing 248.8 yards per game. Northwestern, meanwhile, ranks No. 55 in rushing offense at home.

In their last action, Rice was a 41-37 winner at home against Texas El Paso. They covered the 1–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (78) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

Northwestern won its last outing, a 28-25 result against Nebraska on November 5. Northwestern covered in that game as a 17.5-point underdog, while the 53 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Rice Owls Trends:
When playing in November are 6-4
When playing on grass are 1-9
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing outside the conference are 2-8

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing in November are 7-3
When playing on grass are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing outside the conference are 7-3

A few Owls at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Rice's last 13 games on the road
Rice is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Rice is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Rice is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northwestern's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northwestern's last 6 games at home
Northwestern is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games
Northwestern is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Rice home to Tulane, Saturday, November 19
Northwestern home to Minnesota, Saturday, November 19

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