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Bulldogs battle Owls in Week 3 odds

Rice OwlsLouisiana Tech Bulldogs
Sep 15, 7:00 PM | Turf of Joe Aillet Stadium

Rice Owls vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Odds


Joe Aillet Stadium features a battle between the host Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the visiting Rice Owls in betting action Saturday.

The Owls will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 1-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Bulldogs are 1-0 ATS. Rice is 1-1 on the totals; Louisiana Tech is 1-0.

View Rice vs Louisiana Tech Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Oddsmakers opened the Bulldogs as 21-point underdogs in the game, while the betting total had not been set at the time of writing.

Power Rankings / Prediction: This game matches up the No. 12 (Bulldogs) and the No. 117 (Owls) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 48-30 result in favor of the Bulldogs is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Louisiana Tech's No. 5-ranked offense (56 PPG) against a Owls defense that ranks No. 107 at 36.5 PPG. The Bulldogs passing attack has averaged 353 yards per game, more than the Owls give up through the air (223.5 YPG on average).

Last time out for Rice, they were a 25-24 winner as they battled Kansas on the road. Rice covered in the match as a 12-point underdog, while 49 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. In their last gridiron battle, Jordan Taylor did much of the damage, producing 101 receiving yards as Rice beat the Jayhawks 25-24 at Memorial Stadium.

Louisiana Tech won its last outing, a 56-49 result against Houston on September 8. Louisiana Tech covered in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 105 combined points took the game OVER the total. Colby Cameron's 353-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as Louisiana Tech earned a 56-49 win over Houston on Saturday at John O`Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.

Rice Owls Trends:
When playing in September are 3-7
When playing on turf are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing outside the conference are 3-7

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on turf are 7-3
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing outside the conference are 3-7

A few Owls at Bulldogs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rice's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rice's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Rice's last 20 games on the road
Rice is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Louisiana Tech is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Louisiana Tech's last 5 games at home
Louisiana Tech is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games at home

Next up:
Rice home to Marshall, Saturday, September 22
Louisiana Tech at Illinois, Saturday, September 22