The Florida Atlantic Owls (4-7) travel to face off against the Rice Owls (5-6) on Saturday, November 25th. This game will be played at Rice Stadium in Houston and televised on ESPN+. Rice is coming off a win in their previous game, while Florida Atlantic is looking to get back on track from a loss to the Tulane. Kickoff is set for 1:00 ET.
Florida Atlantic Owls vs Rice Owls
The Florida Atlantic Owls Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Florida Atlantic is coming of a 24-8 loss to Tulane. The Owls were never able to receover from falling behind early, trailing 7-0 at the half. In the loss against Tulane, quarterback Daniel Richardson wrapped up the game with a QB rating of 91.06 after completing 24 of 31 passes for 202 yards. He also added one touchdown to his performance.
Going into the game, Florida Atlantic was the 8-point underdogs and in addition to losing straight-up, they did not cover the spread. The team’s combined 32 points was not enough to surpass the over/under line of 47.5.
The Florida Atlantic Owls take on the Rice with a 4-7 record, including 2-3 on the road and 2-4 at home.
Heading into this week’s matchup with Rice, the Owls have been favored in six games and the underdog in five. Their ATS mark coming into the game is 3-7-1. This season, Florida Atlantic has posted an over/under record of 5-6 through 11 games. On average their games have combined for 49.6 points.
The Rice Owls Are Coming Off A Win
The Owls are looking to ride the momentum of their convincing 28-7 win over Charlotte. In the win against Charlotte, quarterback AJ Padgett notched two rushing touchdowns and accumulated 4 rushing yards. In the passing game, he completed 61.9% of his passes for a total of 140 yards, achieving a passer rating of 57.74.
Going into the game, the oddsmakers had this one as a pick em, giving Rice an ATS win. The team’s combined 35 points fell short of the over/under line of 46.5.
So far, the Rice Owls are 5-6, including going 2-3 on the road and 1-3 at home.
So far, Rice has been favored three times and the underdog in five games. This has led to an ATS record of 6-3 and an average scoring differential of +3.6. Over 11 games, the average over/under line for Rice’s games has been 53.4 points. The total score in these matchups has averaged 58 points, resulting in an OU record of 4-5.
Florida Atlantic Offense Breakdown
The Owls’ offense is gearing up to take on Rice, with an average of 113.3 rushing yards per game and an 3 yards per attempt. In the college football rankings, they are currently in 108th place for rushing yards and 68th place for passing yards, accumulating an average of 223.5 yards per contest. Florida Atlantic’s overall scoring average is at 24 points per game, placing them 70th rank nationally.
Daniel Richardson leads the team in passing yards this season with 1908. He’s averaging 9.5 per completion and holds a 64.7% completion rate, having thrown 12 touchdowns.
Rice Offense Breakdown
Rice’s offense is averaging 30.8 points per game, which ranks them 40th in the NCAA. Through the air, they’re at 265.1 passing yards on average, putting them at 38th in the nation. Their rushing attack is currently 113th in rushing yards, with an average of 307 rushing attempts per game this season.
This season, JT Daniels has thrown for 2443 yards while maintaining an average of 13.5 per completion. His completion percentage stands at 63.1%, and he’s recorded 21 touchdowns.
Florida Atlantic Team Defense
This season, the Owls’ defense has allowed 144.1 rushing yards per game, ranking 145th. Opponents average 247.5 passing yards, and opposing quarterbacks have put together a passer rating of 91.5 against Florida Atlantic. They hold the 57th position in NCAA points allowed.
Rice Team Defense
Rice’s defense ranks 110th in points allowed, with 27.2 points given up per game. Teams have been averaging 225.3 passing yards against them (94th nationally). On the ground, they’ve conceded 155.3 rushing yards, putting them 90th in college football.
Florida Atlantic vs Rice Trends
- When playing on the road, Florida Atlantic has an ATS mark of 2-1 vs. the spread.
- Looking across Rice’s three most recent home games, they are 2-1 against the spread.
- Owls is 4-1 in their last five games as underdogs.
- Florida Atlantic’s record vs. the spread in their three most recent games as the favorite is 1-2.
Rice has had some turnover problems in their passing game this year. I’m going with Florida Atlantic as the away underdogs to cover the spread at +5.
Rice has an average margin vs. the over/under of -3.7 this season. With the over/under set at 48.5, we anticipate this game to exceed expectations, ending with a combined total of 49 points.
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