Who's Playing

Rice @ Houston

Current Records: Rice 2-1; Houston 1-2

What to Know

The Houston Cougars will play host again and welcome the Rice Owls to TDECU Stadium, where kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET Saturday. Rice will be strutting in after a victory while the Cougars will be stumbling in from a defeat.

Houston was first on the board but had to settle for second at the end of their matchup against the Kansas Jayhawks last week. Houston took a hard 48-30 fall against Kansas. Houston didn't live up to their potential and found themselves falling short of the 8.5-point advantage oddsmakers thought they had coming into the game. Houston's loss came about despite a quality game from RB Ta'Zhawn Henry, who punched in one rushing touchdown in addition to catching five passes for one TD and 107 yards.

Meanwhile, the Owls ran circles around the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns last week, and the extra yardage (449 yards vs. 175 yards) paid off. Rice walked away with a 33-21 win. QB Luke McCaffrey was the offensive standout of the contest for Rice, catching ten passes for two TDs and 105 yards.

This next game looks promising for Houston, who are favored by a full 17.5 points. They may be expected to win, but bettors beware: they are 0-2 against the spread when favored.

Houston is now 1-2 while Rice sits at a mirror-image 2-1. A couple defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Cougars rank 34th in the nation when it comes to sacks, with eight on the season. As for the Owls, they come into the contest boasting the 29th fewest passing yards allowed per game in the nation at 178.3.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 6 p.m. ET
  • Where: TDECU Stadium -- Houston, Texas
  • TV: ESPN Plus
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $10.00


The Cougars are a big 17.5-point favorite against the Owls, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 17.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Houston have won all of the games they've played against Rice in the last eight years.

  • Sep 11, 2021 - Houston 44 vs. Rice 7
  • Sep 01, 2018 - Houston 45 vs. Rice 27
  • Sep 16, 2017 - Houston 38 vs. Rice 3