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Owls vs Miners Betting Preview

Texas El Paso MinersRice Owls
1-5October 26, 2013, 03:30 | Rice Stadium5-2

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Saturday when the Owls host the Miners at Rice Stadium in Week 9 action.

The Owls currently sport a record of 5-2, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-2 ATS. The Miners are 1-5 and 1-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Owls post a 3-4 over under record this season, while the Miners have gone 4-2 against the number.

View Texas El Paso Miners vs Rice Owls Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Miners in this one found them as 18-point underdogs on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the over under number opens in this game.

The game pits the Owls, currently No. 39 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Miners, who rate No. 92 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 31-22 victory for the Owls.

Charles Ross ran through the New Mexico State defense for 167 yards in Rice's last game, handing the Aggies a 45-19 setback on Saturday at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Rice's No. 75-ranked offense (28.57 PPG) against a Miners defense that ranks No. 116 at 37.67 PPG. The Owls passing attack has averaged 172.14 yards per game, less than the Miners give up through the air (211.33 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Miners own the league's No. 66-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 174.5 yards per game when on the road. Rice, on the other hand, rates No. 53 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Miners at Owls trends to consider:
Texas El Paso is 2-12-1 SU in its last 15 games
Texas El Paso is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Texas El Paso is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas El Paso's last 5 games on the road
Rice is 5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games
Rice is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Rice is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Rice's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Texas El Paso at Texas A&M, Saturday, November 2nd
Rice at North Texas, Saturday, November 2nd