Rice has dropped four straight games, including a pair of overtime contests, to fall to 3-8 and 2-5 versus C-USA competition so far this season. On the other hand, Louisiana Tech is trying to put the finishing touches on a disappointing campaign. The Bulldogs managed to snap their season-long five-game skid two weeks ago but came up short last week versus Southern Mississippi to fall to 3-8, including an identical 2-5 record in C-USA play.
Can the Bulldogs close the season strong with a win on the road at Rice on Saturday afternoon?
Bulldogs fall short vs. Southern MississippiLouisiana Tech was unable to keep its momentum going last week, falling short 35-19 at home versus Southern Mississippi. Quarterback Aaron Allen completed just 1--of-26 passes for 100 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions on the day while Marcus Williams Jr. rushed for 76 yards in the loss.
After leading the Bulldogs to a win over Charlotte, the offense was stagnant under Allen last week. The 6-foot-1 sophomore has completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 620 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions so far this season. If quarterbacks Austin Kendall (lower back) and JD Head (shoulder) remain out, Allen will get another shot under center versus Rice.
On defense, the Bulldogs have surrendered 27.7 points per game and 434.8 yards of total offense per contest, which ranks 104th in the nation. Louisiana Tech has also struggled against the run, giving up 165 rushing yards per game, good for 86th in the nation.
Owls can't stop slide vs. undefeated UTEPRice continued its slide last weekend with a 38-28 loss on the road at UTEP on Saturday. Quarterback Jake Constantine completed 14-of-25 passes for 183 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions while Cameron Montgomery rushed for 78 yards on just nine carries in the loss. Rice put up a fight to start the game and took a 21-14 lead into halftime before allowing 24 consecutive points to open the second half.
Patterson eludes the tacklers and finds the end zone! pic.twitter.com/e4ekVpf7eo— Rice Football (@RiceFootball) November 20, 2021
A 6-foot-2 senior, Constantine has been underwhelming for the Owls under center this season. The Owls’ quarterback bounced back from arguably his worst game of the season after throwing four interceptions versus Western Kentucky two weeks ago. While he’s completed 61.2 percent of his passes, Constantine has thrown for only 1,622 yards with nearly as many touchdowns (eight) as interceptions (seven).
On defense, Rice has allowed 36.6 points per game, which ranks 119th in the FBS. The Owls have also surrendered 436.3 yards of total offense per contest, good for 106th in the country, including 165.4 rushing yards per game, 87th in the FBS.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Louisiana Tech comes into this game favored by 3.5 points which could leave some value on Rice in this game. Down to their third-string quarterback, the Bulldogs were unable to get much of anything going on offense last week and they’ve yet to win a road game (0-5) yet this season. On the other hand, Rice owns a respectable 2-3 record at home and will be trying to snap a four-game slide to end the year. Take the Owls to come out on top in their C-USA finale on Saturday afternoon.
Full-Game Total Pick
These two teams are projected for 53 points but that number might be hard to reach in this spot. Rice has not scored more than 28 points in any of its last four games. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ offense has also struggled and Louisiana Tech has been left searching for answers under center after losing its top two quarterbacks. Take this game to stay under the projected total at Rice Stadium in Denton, Texas on Saturday afternoon.