The Arkansas Razorbacks will take on the Rice Owls at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. These programs are historic rivals as they both competed in the Southwest Conference until Arkansas departed for the SEC in 1992. Arkansas dominated the latter part of that series with the last meeting between the schools being an Arkansas win in 1991.
The Razorbacks are favored by 19.5 points in the latest Arkansas vs. Rice odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 50. Before entering any Rice vs. Arkansas picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Arkansas vs. Rice spread: Arkansas -19.5
- Arkansas vs. Rice over-under: 50 points
What you need to know about the Arkansas Razorbacks
Florida transfer Feleipe Franks couldn't turn around the Razorbacks' fortunes last year despite his 17:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Arkansas had some success early on by splitting its first six games, including knocking off No. 16 Mississippi State. However, attrition got to the defense later in the year as Arkansas lost its last four and allowed 48 points per game over those contests.
With Franks off to the NFL, K.J. Jefferson will now be the main guy under center. He's seen spot duty over the last two seasons, passing for 492 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. But he'll have to improve upon his accuracy as he's completed just 47.2 percent of his 72 career passes.
What you need to know about the Rice Owls
Rice played just five games in 2020, going 2-3, but showed some promise on the defensive side of the ball. It allowed just 18.8 points per game which was 12th in the nation and a big improvement over the 25.9 points it allowed per contest in 2019. Leading that unit is defensive end Trey Schuman, who led the team with 4.5 tackles for loss and has 8.5 tackles for loss in his career.
Wiley Green appears to have a leg up for the starting quarterback job but the Owls also landed Luke McCaffrey to compete for the job. The brother of Christian McCaffrey, Luke spent the last two years at Nebraska and will get to play for coach Mike Bloomgren, who was Christian's offensive coordinator at Stanford. Whoever is under center will be looking Jordan Myers' way early and often as the tight end had 24 grabs last year and is on the Senior Bowl Watch List this season.
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