Through 2 Quarters

Down six at the end of last quarter, the Middle Tenn. Blue Raiders have now snagged the lead. They currently hold a slight 14-13 lead over the Rice Owls.

Middle Tenn. has been riding high on the performance of QB Asher O'Hara, who has passed for two TDs and 174 yards on 17 attempts. No one has had a standout game offensively for Rice, but they have gotten one touchdown from WR August Pitre III.

Who's Playing

Middle Tenn. @ Rice

What to Know

The Rice Owls will face off against the Middle Tenn. Blue Raiders at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Rice Stadium. Coming off of an uninspired 3-9 last-season record, Rice has set their aspirations higher this year.

A couple numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: The Owls were sixth worst when it came to yards per game last season, with the team coming up with only 294.2 on average. Middle Tenn. experienced some struggles of their own as they ranked 17th worst in the nation with respect to yards allowed per game last year, where the squad gave up 459.3 on average (bottom 88%). So maybe these sore spots will just cancel each other out if things haven't changed too much in the offseason.

Rice is the favorite in this one, with an expected 4-point margin of victory. A win is hardly a sure thing, especially this early in the season, so expect a good game.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Rice Stadium -- Houston, Texas
  • TV: ESPN3.com
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Owls are a 4-point favorite against the Blue Raiders, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Owls as a 3-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Rice won the only game these two teams have played in the last six years.

  • Nov 16, 2019 - Rice 31 vs. Middle Tenn. 28