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    Rice Stadium is the venue where the Houston Cougars (1-0) will match up against the Rice Owls (0-1) on Saturday, September 9, 2023.

    The Cougars are expected to win by at least a touchdown (currently -9.5) against the Owls. The over/under for this game is 52.5 points.

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    Game Info for Houston vs. Rice

    • Game Day: Saturday, September 9, 2023
    • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: NFL Network
    • Location: Houston, Texas
    • Stadium: Rice Stadium
    Houston vs Rice Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Houston -9.5 -111 -109 52.5 -110 -110 -366 +285

    Houston Pick Insights

    • Houston is 1-0-0 against the spread this season.

    Houston Stats & Insights

    • Houston scored 36.1 points per game last season, comparable to the 34.2 per outing Rice gave up.
    • When Houston scored over 34.2 points last season, it went 2-4 against the spread and 5-1 overall.
    • Houston averaged 65.7 more yards per game (456.1) than Rice allowed per contest (390.4) last season.
    • Houston was 3-6 against the spread and 6-3 overall when the team churned out more than 390.4 yards last year.
    • Houston rushed for 142.5 yards per game last year, 39.3 fewer than the 181.8 Rice allowed per contest.
    • Last year Houston had a 0-2 ATS record and a 1-1 overall record in games the team rushed for more than 181.8 yards.
    • Houston turned the ball over two more times (19 total) than Rice forced a turnover (17) last year.

    Houston’s Best Players

    • Last year Clayton Tune had 4,069 passing yards — including a 67.4% completion percentage — with 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions (313 yards per game). His rushing performance consisted of 128 carries for 547 yards and five TDs.
    • Stacy Sneed put up 501 yards on 76 carries (38.5 yards per game), with five rushing touchdowns last season.
    • In the previous year, Nathaniel Dell grabbed 109 passes (on 155 targets) for 1,398 yards (107.5 per game). He also found the end zone 17 times.
    • KeSean Carter also impressed receiving last season. He collected 40 receptions for 619 yards and five touchdowns. He was targeted 59 times.
    • Matthew Golden grabbed 38 passes for 571 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 43.9 yards per game last season.
    • D’Anthony Jones’ hard work last season put up a stat line of five sacks, eight TFL and 36 tackles.
    • Donavan Mutin was a wrecking ball on the field, collecting 73 tackles and four TFL last year.
    • Last season Jayce Rogers had a huge stat line of three interceptions, 39 tackles, two TFL, and three passes defended.

    Rice Betting Insights

    • Rice is 1-0-0 against the spread this season.
    • Rice is 1-0 against the spread so far this season when playing as at least 9.5-point underdogs.
    • Rice’s one games with a set total this season have all finished under the over/under.

    Rice Pick Insights

    • Last season Rice racked up 7.0 fewer points per game (25.2) than Houston allowed (32.2).
    • When Rice scored over 32.2 points last year, it was 3-1 against the spread and 4-0 overall.
    • Rice racked up 47.4 fewer yards per game (374.2) than Houston allowed per matchup (421.6) last year.
    • In games that Rice churned out more than 421.6 yards last year, the team was 4-1 against the spread and 4-1 overall.
    • Last season Rice ran for just 1.6 fewer yards (141.3) than Houston allowed per outing (142.9).
    • Last season Rice had a 4-4 ATS record and a 4-4 overall record in games the team ran for more than 142.9 yards.
    • Rice turned the ball over 19 more times (32 total) than Houston forced turnovers (13) last season.

    Rice’s Best Players

    • TJ McMahon connected on 60.2% of his passes and threw for 2,102 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. McMahon also helped on the ground, collecting three touchdowns on 11.8 yards per game.
    • Cameron Montgomery tallied 561 rushing yards during last year’s campaign.
    • Juma Otoviano ran for one touchdown on 403 yards a year ago.
    • Bradley Rozner averaged 67.4 receiving yards and collected 10 receiving touchdowns over the course of the 2022 season.
    • Luke McCaffrey caught 58 passes last season on his way to 723 yards and six receiving touchdowns.
    • Isaiah Esdale played his way to two receiving touchdowns and 544 receiving yards (41.8 ypg) last season.
    • Last year Josh Pearcy collected 5.5 sacks, eight TFL and 46 tackles.
    • Chris Conti had an impactful defensive performance last season with 70 tackles, three TFL, and one sack.
    • A year ago Myron Morrison recorded 66 tackles, four TFL, 1.5 sacks, and two passes defended as well as two interceptions.
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