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Owls open as underdog vs Mean Green

Rice OwlsNorth Texas Mean Green
6-2October 31, 2013, 07:30 | Apogee Stadium5-3

The Mean Green hope to be bad hosts on Thursday as the Owls pay a visit to Apogee Stadium in Week 10 betting action.

Supporters of the Owls have seen them go 6-2 and 6-2 ATS so far this season, while the Mean Green are at 5-3 and 6-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Mean Green are 3-5, while the Owls are 3-5.

View Rice Owls vs North Texas Mean Green Odds and Stats.

The home team opened as -2.5-point favorites in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to posted shortly.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 32-rated Mean Green and the No. 36-rated Owls in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 35-31 win for the Mean Green on Thursday.

Rice was a 45-7 winner in its last match at home against Texas El Paso. They covered the 18.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 52 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits North Texas's No. 51-ranked offense, averaging 31.75 PPG, against a Owls defense that ranks No. 42 this week at 23.12 PPG. The Mean Green aerial game is averaging 258.88 yards per game, more than the Owls secondary allows through the air, 212.75 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Owls own the league's No. 90-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 202.6 yards per game when on the road. North Texas, on the other hand, rates No. 26 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Owls at Mean Green trends to consider:
Rice is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games
Rice is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Rice's last 7 games
Rice is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
North Texas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
North Texas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of North Texas's last 9 games
North Texas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Rice at Louisiana Tech, Saturday, November 16th
North Texas at Texas El Paso, Saturday, November 9th