College Football Pick: Rice vs. UAB

Ross Benjamin

Monday, November 18, 2013 4:11 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 4:11 PM UTC

The UAB Blazers host the Rice Owls on Thursday. Have we decided to look at the total or the money line with our college football picks?

According to college football betting odds Rice is a 19.0 point road favorite.

Defensive Sieve

It’s very difficult to win games when your defense can’t stop the opposition on a weekly basis. UAB has lost 4-games in a row and has allowed a combined 195 points in those 4 losses. The Blazers have allowed 52-points or more in 5 of their 10-games this season. They’re 120th out of 125 FBS teams in scoring defense allowing a lofty 42.6 points per game. Their only two wins this season have come versus a FCS team Northwestern State, and on a field goal in the waning seconds 27-24 versus a 1-9 Florida International team. The Blazers have seen 8 of their 10-games go over the total this season.

Bowl Eligible and More

The Rice Owls enters this week with a 7-3 record and will undoubtedly be headed to a bowl game at the conclusion of the regular season. The Owls have also been kind to their backers covering 7 of their 10-games as well. They still have a chance of being in the Conference USA championship game but they need some help. They must win their remaining two games versus UAB and Tulane, and then hope North Texas loses 1 of their remaining two games. Rice has won 5 of their last 6-games, the last of which came in last Saturday’s 52-14 rout of Louisiana Tech. The Owls 3 losses have come versus opponents with a combined 22-8 record this season. The Owls are 15th nationally in rushing offense averaging 242.2 yards per game on the ground.

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Final Analysis

There is always a chance that Rice will take UAB lightly, and will be affected by having to play on the road with just 4-days of rest. That very well could be apparent early in this contest. However, the Owls superiority on both sides of the ball will eventually take hold, and in all likelihood win this game going away. Back Rice for your college football picks.

College Football Pick: Rice -19.0 over UAB

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