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Owls visit Roadrunners in Week 7 battle

Rice OwlsUTSA Roadrunners
3-2October 12, 2013, 04:00 | Alamodome2-4

Rice travels to UTSA on Saturday, hoping to boost its 3-2 mark in Week 7 action with a victory over the Roadrunners.

They bring a 2-4 record (3-2-1 ATS) to the Week 7 battle against the 3-2 Owls, who are 3-2 ATS against the spread. Over under bettors have seen UTSA go 2-4 so far and the Owls go 2-3.

View Rice Owls vs UTSA Roadrunners Odds and Stats.

The Roadrunners were listed as 4.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks such as Bovada on the college football lines.

The game pits the Roadrunners, currently No. 106 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Owls, who rate No. 41 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 24-14 victory for the Owls.

Last time out for Rice, they were a 30-27 winner as they battled Tulsa on the road. Rice covered in the match as a 3-point underdog, while 57 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Owls grabbed a Week 6 victory over the Golden Hurricane in their last game, winning 30-27 at Chapman Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits UTSA's No. 97-ranked offense, averaging 23.17 PPG, against a Owls defense that ranks No. 74 this week at 27.6 PPG. The Roadrunners aerial game is averaging 268.17 yards per game, more than the Owls secondary allows through the air, 249.6 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Owls feature the league's No. 61-rated road run defense, allowing 170.25 yards per game. UTSA, meanwhile, ranks No. 97 in rushing offense at home.

A few Owls at Roadrunners trends to consider:
UTSA is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games
UTSA is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UTSA's last 6 games

Next up:
Rice at New Mexico State, Saturday, October 19th
UTSA at UAB, Saturday, October 26th