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Rice Owls vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Week 14 Betting Preview, Odds and Pick

Rice Owls


Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Saturday, November 29, 2014 12:00 PM ET
Joe Aillet Stadium

Conference USA's West Division title is on the line this Saturday when Rice and Louisiana Tech wrap up the regular season at Joe Aillet Stadium. The Owls (7-4 SU, 8-3 ATS) come into this showdown with a 5-2 SU record in conference play and they are 7-1 both SU and ATS in their last eight games.

The Bulldogs (7-4 SU, 8-3 ATS) were stunned by ODU 30-27 this past Saturday as 13.5-point road favorites in their first conference loss this season. Louisiana Tech is 2-3 SU in the last five meetings and just 1-5 ATS in its last six games against the Owls.

Rice Owls vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Opening Odds and Betting Line

The Rice Owls were listed as 6-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark. No total was available early in the week.

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Computer Prediction: Rice Owls vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Pick

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 25-21 result in favor of the Owls. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Rice Owls vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Rice Owls will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 8-3 ATS against the spread this season, while the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 8-3 ATS. Rice is 6-5 on the over under betting totals; Louisiana Tech is 6-4-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Louisiana Tech vs Rice injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs rated this week at No. 13 and the Rice Owls sitting at No. 45.

How Rice Owls vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs No. 27-ranked offense (35.36 PPG) against a Rice Owls defense that ranks No. 64 at 26.18 PPG. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs passing attack has averaged 254.91 yards per game, more than the Rice Owls give up through the air (230.27 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Rice Owls own the league's No. 67-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 187.5 yards per game when on the road. Louisiana Tech, on the other hand, rates No. 88 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Mario Hull was good for 150 receiving yards in the Owls's most recent action, helping his team to a 31-13 victory over the Miners.

Kenneth Dixon tore up the turf for 106 rushing yards in the latest Bulldogs game, a 30-27 loss to the Monarchs at Foreman Field.

Rice Owls vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Betting Odds Trends

Rice is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Rice is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Rice is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rice's last 7 games on the road
Louisiana Tech is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
Louisiana Tech is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Louisiana Tech is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games at home
Louisiana Tech is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home