The Rice Owls (4-6) travel to face off against the Charlotte 49ers (3-7) on Saturday, November 18th. This game will be played at Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte and televised on ESPN+. Both Rice and Charlotte will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 ET.
Rice Owls vs Charlotte 49ers
The Rice Owls Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In Rice’s most recent loss to UTSA, the Owls faced a -21-point deficit going into the 4th and were unable to mount a comeback effort, falling 34-14. In the loss against UTSA, quarterback AJ Padgett achieved a QB rating of 103.57, completing 17 of 28 passes for 182 yards. Additionally, he contributed two touchdowns to the game.
Against the spread, Rice was not able to cover as 13.5-point underdogs. On the over/under, the line was 56 going into the game resulting in the under hitting.
The Rice Owls take on the Charlotte with a 4-6 record, including 1-3 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 5-3 and an average scoring differential of +1.9. This season, Rice holds an over/under record of 4-4. On average, their games have produced a combined total of 60.3 points, with the typical over/under line set at 54.2 points.
The Charlotte 49ers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, Charlotte fell to Memphis by a score of 44-38. The team’s went into overtime in the game, as they were all tied at 38-38 in regulation. In their previous game, quarterback Trexler Ivey made 25 passing attempts against Memphis. He concluded the game with 168 passing yards, completing 56.0% of his passes. Additionally, he had four interceptions during the loss.
Charlotte and Memphis combined for 82 points in the game, which was enough to surpass the over/under line of 51.5 points. Even though Charlotte lost straight-up, they did cover the spread as 10-point underdogs.
The Charlotte 49ers take on the Rice with a 3-7 record, including 1-3 on the road and 0-3 at home.
This season, Charlotte has gone into all of their games as the underdog and have an ATS mark of 4-3. So far, their average scoring margin is -7.8 points per contest. Over 10 games, the average over/under line for Charlotte’s games has been 48.1 points. The total score in these matchups has averaged 45.6 points, resulting in an OU record of 3-4.
Rice Offense Breakdown
Rice’s offense is averaging 31.1 points per game, which ranks them 38th in the NCAA. Through the air, they’re at 277.6 passing yards on average, putting them at 28th in the nation. Their rushing attack is currently 121st in rushing yards, with an average of 269 rushing attempts per game this season.
JT Daniels is the team’s leading passer this season, racking up 2443 yards while averaging 13.5 per completion. His completion rate for the year stands at 63.1%, with 21 touchdowns.
Charlotte Offense Breakdown
Charlotte’s offense has put up an average of 18.9 points per game, placing them 95th in the NCAA rankings. Through the air, they’ve gained 177.4 passing yards on average, ranking 109th in the nation. On the ground, they’re holding the 75th position in rushing yards, with 388 rushing attempts per game this season.
This season, Trexler Ivey has thrown for a total of 1114 yards while maintaining an average of 12.2 yards per completion. His completion percentage is 56.2%, and he’s recorded four touchdowns.
Rice Team Defense
The Rice defense holds the 118th position in points allowed, allowing 29.2 points per game. Teams have an average of 240.4 passing yards per game against them (118th nationally). In terms of rushing, they’ve given up 162.4 rushing yards, placing them 111th in college football.
Charlotte Team Defense
The 49ers defense faces off against Rice with 17 sacks and are 1st in QB hurries. When it comes to points allowed, they’re giving up 26.7 points per game which is 100th in the nation. Against the pass, they’re 61st in the NCAA, allowing 207.2 passing yards per game. Charlotte’s run defense is yielding 153.5 rushing yards per contest.
Rice vs Charlotte Trends
- When playing on the road, Rice has an ATS mark of 1-2 vs. the spread.
- Charlotte’s ATS record at home (last three) is 3-0.
- In the five most recent times they were the underdog, Charlotte has put together an ATS record of 3-2.
- The previous ten time that Rice was favored, they are 5-5 against the spread.
A matchup I’m keeping a close eye on is Rice’s passing game versus the Charlotte secondary. Considering Charlotte’s difficulties against Memphis, I’m leaning towards Rice to cover with a 2.5-point advantage.
Not only does our model have a projected total of 49 points in this matchup, but the eye test has me feeling this line of 47.5 is low. I like Rice and Charlotte to exceed 47.5 points.
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