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Rice OwlsMarshall Thundering Herd
Oct 15, 3:00 PM | Turf of Joan C. Edwards Stadium

Rice Owls vs Marshall Thundering Herd Odds

2-3TEAM RECORD2-4

Joan C. Edwards Stadium features a battle between the host Marshall Thundering Herd and the visiting Rice Owls in betting action Saturday.

The Thundering Herd sit at 2-4 (5-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Owls are currently 2-3 (2-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Marshall is 1-5 OU, and Rice is 2-3 OU.

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Betting Line: On the opening line for this matchup the Thundering Herd sat as 5.5-point favorites . The total, meanwhile, had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The game pits the Thundering Herd, currently No. 69 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Owls, who rate No. 102 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 14-11 victory for the Owls.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Marshall's No. 117-ranked offense, averaging 13.2 PPG, against a Owls defense that ranks No. 98 this week at 33.2 PPG. The Thundering Herd aerial game is averaging 186.2 yards per game, less than the Owls secondary allows through the air, 269.6 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Owls feature the league's No. 118-rated road run defense, allowing 301.7 yards per game. Marshall, meanwhile, ranks No. 118 in rushing offense at home.

Rice was a 28-6 winner in their most recent outing at home against Memphis. They covered the 20.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (34) made winners of UNDER bettors.

Marshall was a 16-6 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Central Florida. They covered the 19.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (22) made winners of UNDER bettors.

Rice Owls Trends:
When playing in October are 2-8
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 4-6

Marshall Thundering Herd Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 5-5

A few Owls at Thundering Herd trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Rice's last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rice's last 6 games
Rice is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
Rice is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Marshall's last 6 games
Marshall is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Marshall's last 5 games at home
Marshall is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Rice home to Tulsa, Saturday, October 22
Marshall at Houston, Saturday, October 22

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