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Point Spread Favors the Miners in NCAA College Football Battle with the Rice Owls

The Owls hope to be bad hosts on Saturday as the Rice Owls pay a visit to Rice Stadium in Week 12 betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the betting opening line for this matchup, the Rice Owls sat as 1.5-point underdog, according to 5Dimes. The total had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 30-21 result in favor of the Miners. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

UTEP Miners vs Rice Owls Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Betting fans of the Rice Owls have seen them go 2-8 and 4-6 ATS so far this season, while the UTEP Miners are at 3-7 and 4-5-1 ATS. In over under totals betting, the UTEP Miners are 5-5, while the Rice Owls are 5-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Rice vs UTEP injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 121 (Rice Owls) and the No. 123 (UTEP Miners) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA football Power Rankings at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Rice's No. 96-ranked offense, averaging 24.2 PPG, against a UTEP defense that ranks No. 108 this week at 35.1 PPG. The Rice aerial game is averaging 220.9 yards per game, more than the UTEP Miners secondary allows through the air, 206.5 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the UTEP Miners own the league's No. 91-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 222 yards per game when on the road. Rice, on the other hand, rates No. 59 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Aaron Jones went over the 100-yard mark (229) in his team's latest effort, but Florida Atlantic still defeated UTEP by a score of 35-31.

In their last gridiron battle, Zach Wright did much of the damage, producing 111 receiving yards as Rice beat the 49ers 22-21 at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Texas El Paso is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Texas El Paso is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Texas El Paso's last 16 games
  • Texas El Paso is 8-15-1 ATS in its last 24 games on the road
  • Rice is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Rice is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rice's last 7 games
  • Rice is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

UTEP home to North Texas, Saturday, November 26th
Rice at Stanford, Saturday, November 26th