Rice Owls vs. Houston Cougars, 2017 College Football Sports Betting, Week 3 Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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Rice at Houston, NCAA College Football Betting
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 16, 2017
Where: TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN3. LINE: Houston -22.5.
Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Rice Owls +22½ -110 Ov 54 -112
Houston Cougars -22½ -110 Un 54 -108
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The Rice Owls and the Houston Cougars will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at TDECU Stadium.

ABOUT RICE (1-1): Running back Sam Stewart has team highs in rushing yards (160) and receiving yards (75) for a squad averaging 19 points and 339 yards. Freshman Sam Glaesmann is 17-of-36 for 200 yards with one interception in his first two starts, although his one touchdown pass was a 52-yarder to Aaron Cephus in last weekend’s win over UTEP. Ellerbee, defensive end Blain Padgett (eight tackles, 1.5 sacks) and the Owls held the Miners to 26 rushing yards after they gave up 287 to Stanford in the opener.

ABOUT HOUSTON (1-0): Junior quarterback Kyle Allen, in his first action in 21 months after transferring from Texas A&M, threw for 225 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown against Arizona in his debut. Dillon Birden (14 carries, 83 yards, TD) and Duke Catalon (18 carries, 79 yards) split the work in the backfield, while Linell Bonner (nine catches, 59 yards, TD) and Steven Dunbar (six catches, 72 yards) were Allen’s top targets. Those two will be counted on even more this weekend as D’Eriq King (knee) is questionable for Saturday, while Ellis Jefferson (concussion, knee) has already been ruled out and is expected to miss at least three weeks.

bovada-logo-top-book currently have the Cougars as 22½-point favorites versus the Owls, while the game’s total is sitting at 54 according to Mybookie.agblacklogo-132x42

Houston will put the nation’s longest active home win streak on the line when the Cougars host crosstown-rival Rice on Saturday night. The Cougars have won 15 straight at home while the Owls are playing their third straight game away from home, although this one is only a five-mile trip.

Houston first-year coach Major Applewhite and Rice coach David Bailiff both praised the play of Houston sophomore defensive tackle Ed Oliver in last week’s win at Arizona. “He truly is the most disruptive defensive lineman I’ve seen in college football,” Bailiff told the media Tuesday. “He dominates football games. And if he’s not making the play, he’s disrupted the play somehow. And he doesn’t take plays off.” Oliver was named the American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week after 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the Cougars’ opener. Rice has its own defensive standout in senior linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee, who has 19 stops in two games after being named the Conference USA’s preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 19-16 winner as they battled Wildcats on the road. Houston covered in the match as a -2-point favorite, while 35 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Rice won its last outing, a 31-14 result against Miners on September 09. Rice covered in that game as a +1-point underdog, while the 45 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

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Rice:
Team record: 1-1 SU,1-1 ATS
Rice is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Rice is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Rice’s last 8 games

Houston:
Team record: 1-0 SU,1-0 ATS
Houston is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Houston is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston’s last 7 games

Next up:
Rice home to FIU Saturday, September 23
Houston home to Texas Tech Saturday, September 23

NCAA FOOTBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS
1. Houston-Rice and UCLA-USC are the only scheduled games this year to feature two FBS schools from the same city.

2. Houston enters the weekend tied with TCU (31) for most wins by a Texas FBS school since the start of 2014.

3. Applewhite was the offensive coordinator and QB coach at Rice in 2006 – the youngest coordinator at the FBS level that year – before stops at Alabama (2007), Texas (2008-13) and Houston (offensive coordinator 2015-16).

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Rice Owls will cover the spread at +22½ and the game will go over 54 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Houston 38, Rice 17 at bovada-logo-top-book.

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