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Rice Owls vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Start Time, Odds

College Football on Saturday afternoon and we will see the Rice Owls travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The game will be televised on CBSSN and has a start time of 3:30 PM (Eastern). Current Odds have Tulsa listed as 3 point favorites, while the total sits at 54.

Analysis: The Rice Owls enter the game with a 2-2 mark on the year, but they really haven't been playing all that well for a team that should contend for the conference USA title. This offense that looked so good in their opener vs Texas A&M has sputtered of late, avering just 22.3 ppg in their last 3 games. Last week vs FAU at home they could muster just 233 yards and 18 points in the game, while going 3 of 19 on 3rd down. For the year the Owls have averaged 403.8 ypg (70th) and 24.5 ppg (91st). Defensively the Owls have played all that well this year, ranking 72nd in total yards allowed, 97th vs the pass and 77th in points allowed (27.8 ppg).

The Tulsa Golden Hurricanes come in with an 1-3 mark SU and an 0-4 mark ATS on the year and they have not played all that well on both sides of the ball. Offense is usually never a problem for Tulsa as they have averaged 36.3 ppg the past 3 seasons, but this year is different story for them as they come in putting up just 19.5 ppg (103rd) and 348.8 ypg (101st). A big issue has been the lack of a run game that ranks 105th in the nation, plus the fact that Cody Green is not very accurate, completing just 53.3% of his passes. Defense has also been a problem for them as they come in ranked 111th in points allowed (37.5 ppg). Just like Rice, Tulsa was expected to challenge fr the Conference USA title, but just like Rice they haven't lived up to expectations so far.

Pick: I am going with the Under in this one. Neither team has played all that well on defense this year, but I still expect a low scoring game, because the offenses have really struggled. Rice is also a running team which should eat up clock, while Cody Green will make some errant throws that will not drives to continue for them. I also look for Tulsa to really try and work on the run here. This game should stay in the 40's.

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