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    One of the top wide receivers in college football will be on display when Luke McCaffrey and the Rice Owls (4-4) host the UTEP Miners (4-5) on Thursday, November 3, 2022.

    The Owls are favored, but by less than a touchdown (-3.5), versus the Miners. The over/under for this matchup is 48.5 points.

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    Game Info and Betting Lines for Rice vs. UTEP

    • Game Day: Thursday, November 3, 2022
    • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: CBS Sports Network
    • Location: Houston, Texas
    • Stadium: Rice Stadium
    Owls vs Miners Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Owls -3.5 -110 -112 48.5 -110 -110 -163 +134

    Rice Betting Insights

    • UTEP is 3-6-0 against the spread this year.
    • UTEP is 1-1 against the spread when an underdog by 3.5 points or more this year.
    • Two of UTEP’s nine games with a set total have hit the over (22.2%).

    Rice Stats & Insights

    • From an offensive standpoint, Rice ranks 84th in the FBS with 370.9 yards per game. Meanwhile, its defense ranks 61st in total defense (370.1 yards allowed per contest).
    • With 33.6 points allowed per game on defense, which ranks 15th-worst in the FBS, Rice has been forced to lean on their 67th-ranked offense (29.1 points per contest) to keep them in games.
    • Rice is totaling 222.0 passing yards per game offensively this year (88th in the FBS), and is surrendering 206.5 passing yards per game (39th) on the other side of the ball.
    • Rice ranks 68th in run offense (148.9 rushing yards per game) and 92nd in run defense (163.6 rushing yards allowed per game) this season.
    • Offensively, Rice ranks 43rd in the FBS with a 43.1% third-down conversion rate. Meanwhile, the team’s defense ranks 58th in third-down conversion rate allowed (163.6).
    • Rice ranks 100th in college football with a -7 turnover margin after forcing 10 turnovers (87th in the FBS) while committing 17 (118th in the FBS).

    Rice’s Best Players

    • TJ McMahon has thrown for 1,703 yards (212.9 ypg) to lead Rice, completing 58.5% of his passes and recording 16 touchdown passes compared to 11 interceptions this season. He’s also figured in the ground game with 146 rushing yards on 51 carries with two rushing touchdowns.
    • Cameron Montgomery has racked up 333 yards on 51 carries.
    • Ari Broussard has been handed the ball 91 times this year and racked up 251 yards (31.4 per game) with nine touchdowns.
    • McCaffrey has hauled in 47 receptions for 613 yards (76.6 yards per game) to lead the team so far this season. He’s found the end zone six times as a receiver.
    • Bradley Rozner has caught 27 passes for 579 yards (72.4 yards per game) and seven touchdowns this year.
    • Isaiah Esdale has a total of 255 receiving yards so far this year, grabbing 21 throws.
    • Josh Pearcy has 4.5 sacks to lead the team, and also has 5.0 TFL and 28 tackles.
    • Chris Conti is the team’s leading tackler this year. He’s racked up 44 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and one sack.
    • Gabe Taylor has picked off a team-leading two passes. He also has 31 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and two passes defended to his name.

    UTEP Betting Insights

    • UTEP is 3-6-0 against the spread this season.
    • When they have played as at least 3.5-point underdogs this year, the Miners are 1-1 against the spread.
    • UTEP hase gone over in two of nine games with a set total (22.2%).

    UTEP Stats & Insights

    • UTEP ranks 98th with 355.0 total yards per contest on offense, and it ranks 44th with 353.7 total yards given up per contest on the defensive side of the ball.
    • UTEP has been struggling on offense, ranking 23rd-worst in the FBS with 21.3 points per game. It has been better defensively, surrendering 27.4 points per contest (75th-ranked).
    • UTEP is posting 214.6 passing yards per contest on offense this season (95th-ranked). Meanwhile, it is allowing 201.6 passing yards per game (33rd-ranked) on defense.
    • In terms of rushing, UTEP ranks 77th in the FBS on offense (140.4 rushing yards per game) and 77th defensively (152.1 rushing yards allowed per contest).
    • With a 35.4% third-down conversion percentage on offense, UTEP ranks 99th in the FBS. Defensively, it ranks 37th, surrendering a 34.0% third-down rate.
    • After forcing 13 turnovers (42nd in the FBS) and turning the ball over 18 times (123rd in the FBS) this season, UTEP owns the 100th-ranked turnover margin of -5.

    UTEP’s Best Players

    • Gavin Hardison has 1,873 passing yards, or 208.1 per game, so far this season. He has completed 53% of his passes and has tossed 10 touchdowns with eight interceptions.
    • Deion Hankins has run the ball 110 times for 547 yards, with two touchdowns.
    • Ronald Awatt has collected 538 yards (on 123 attempts) with two touchdowns.
    • Tyrin Smith’s 711 receiving yards (79.0 yards per game) are best on his team. He has 57 receptions on 101 targets with five touchdowns.
    • Reynaldo Flores has put up a 477-yard season so far with one touchdown. He’s caught 42 passes on 73 targets.
    • Kelly Akharaiyi’s 15 catches (on 39 targets) have netted him 138 yards (15.3 ypg).
    • Jadrian Taylor has 8.0 sacks to lead the team, and also has 7.0 TFL and 23 tackles.
    • Tyrice Knight is the team’s leading tackler this year. He’s picked up 41 tackles, 3.0 TFL, one sack, and one interception.
    • Ilijah Johnson has picked off a team-high one pass. He also has five tackles and three passes defended to his name.
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