The Rice Owls will take on the Houston Cougars at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Rice Stadium. Rice is 0-1 after an opening week loss to Arkansas, while Houston is also 0-1 after losing to Texas Tech in Week 1. The two campuses are separated by just five miles and Houston has dominated the series, winning five straight and posting a 31-11 all-time record.
The Cougars are favored by eight points in the latest Rice vs. Houston odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 53. Before you make any Houston vs. Rice picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Rice vs. Houston spread: Rice +8
- Rice vs. Houston over-under: 53 points
What you need to know about Rice
The Owls have to be hurting after a devastating 38-17 loss at the hands of the Arkansas Razorbacks last week. This game was 10-7 at the break, but unfortunately for Rice, it sure didn't stay that way. Rice's defeat came about despite a quality game from WR August Pitre III, who caught four passes for one TD and 97 yards.
The Owls rotated quarterbacks with Wiley Green getting the start and Luke McCaffrey checking in for several series. Green struggled as he threw three interceptions while McCaffrey -- who is the younger brother of Christian -- was able to move down the field with both his arm and his legs. Rice figures to use the two-QB system at least for the time being as each quarterback brings a different skill set to the offense.
What you need to know about Houston
Meanwhile, the matchup between Houston and the Texas Tech Red Raiders last week was not a total blowout, but with Houston falling 38-21, it was darn close to turning into one. The Cougars were up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter but couldn't hold onto the lead. No one had a standout game offensively for Houston, but it got scores from WR Nathaniel Dell and TE Seth Green.
QB Clayton Tune looked completely overmatched against a Power 5 defense as he tossed four interceptions. He was able to put some points on the board as he also accounted for three total touchdowns -- two through the air and one on the ground. He and the Cougars will be hoping for more consistency against Rice as Houston has a 23.6-point average margin of victory over their last five head-to-head matchups.
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