The Texas Longhorns take on the Rice Owls at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 18 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. After announcing its eventual move to the SEC in the preseason, Arkansas gave the Longhorns a preview of what's to come, handing them a 40-21 loss last Saturday. Rice has struggled to get itself going, and is still in search of its first win of the season. The Longhorns won their first game of 2021 against No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette, but took a step back in Week 2. Meanwhile, Rice is going to have to find a way to stop its leakiness on defense, as the Owls have been outscored 82-24 through two games.
The Longhorns are favored by 26 points in the latest Texas vs. Rice odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 52.5. Before making any Texas vs. Rice picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Texas vs. Rice and just revealed its college football picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several college football odds and betting lines for Texas vs. Rice:
- Texas vs. Rice spread: Texas -25.5
- Texas vs. Rice over-under: 52 points
- Texas vs. Rice moneyline: Texas -4500, Rice +1500
What you need to know about Texas
After last weekend's loss, new Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian announced that Casey Thompson will be the starter against the Owls. Both he and Hudson Card split quarterbacking duties in each of the Longhorns' first two games. Neither threw an interception in either contest, but Thompson completed 62.5-percent of his passes against the Razorbacks, while Card completed just 53.3 percent.
Robinson wasn't at his best against Arkansas, either, but has been a productive back this season, with 249 total yards from scrimmage through two games and three touchdowns. Unfortunately for the Longhorns, Texas has been a weaker team stopping the run than it has been gaining yardage on the ground. Through its first two games, the Texas defense has allowed an average of 204.5 yards per game, and opponents have averaged over five yards per carry.
What you need to know about Rice
The Owls may try to capitalize on the Longhorns' weaknesses, but they haven't been particularly strong on offense to start 2021. Like Texas, Rice has been playing two quarterbacks until one demonstrably separates from the other. Neither Luke McCaffrey or Wiley Green are completing over 50 percent of their passes this season.
Texas has done a reasonably good job keeping big plays to a minimum, but the Longhorns should be wary of wide receiver August Pitre III. The Owls receiver missed their last game with an injury, but he was explosive in Rice's first game of the season, with four catches for 97 yards. Redshirt sophomore running back, Khalan Griffin, should get the majority of the carries in the running game, but has averaged just 3.8 yards per carry this season.
How to make Rice vs. Texas picks
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