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NCAAF Matchup - Blazers Owls Odds Preview

Rice OwlsUAB Blazers
7-3November 21, 2013, 07:30 | Legion Field2-8

The NCAAF betting menu features a clash between UAB and Rice on Thursday, with the host Blazers trying to win both for fans supporting them and bettors backing them.

They will face the 7-3 Owls, who own a 7-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Blazers are 8-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Owls are 4-6 favoring the OVER.

View Rice Owls vs UAB Blazers Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup, the Blazers sat as 14-point underdogs, according to 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.

This game matches up the No. 114 (Blazers) and the No. 41 (Owls) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 36-12 result in favor of the Owls is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up UAB's No. 84-ranked offense (25.4 PPG) against a Owls defense that ranks No. 32 at 22.7 PPG. The Blazers passing attack has averaged 209.7 yards per game, more than the Owls give up through the air (198.7 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Owls feature the league's No. 76-rated road run defense, allowing 193.67 yards per game. UAB, meanwhile, ranks No. 54 in rushing offense at home.

A few Owls at Blazers trends to consider:
Rice is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Rice is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Rice's last 9 games
Rice is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
UAB is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
UAB is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of UAB's last 11 games
UAB is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Rice home to Tulane, Saturday, November 30th
UAB home to Southern Miss, Saturday, November 30th