On Saturday, November 25th, the Owls are hosting the Owls at Rice Stadium. This week 13 college football matchup kicks off at 1:00 ET with ESPN+ carrying the television coverage. In a matchup between two American Athletic teams, the Owls are 5 point favorites at home. Are they they best bet on the spread? Check out my breakdown and analysis of this matchup below.


The Pick: Florida Atlantic Owls +5

This game will be played at Rice Stadium at 1:00 ET on Saturday, November 25th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 27-22 in favor of Rice.
  • Even though we have Rice winning straight-up, we like Florida Atlantic at +5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 48.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 49 points.

Will the Owls Defense Show Up on the Road?

With a 4-7 record, the Florida Atlantic Owls take on Rice. Their road record so far is (2-3) and at home (2-4).

Florida Atlantic’s average scoring differential for the season is -1.6 leading to an ATS mark of 3-7-1. The Owls have been favored six times and the underdog in five games

This season, Florida Atlantic has posted an over/under record of 5-6 through 11 games. On average their games have combined for 49.6 points.

The Owls are currently ranked 82nd in college football with 339 rushing attempts per game. In terms of rush yards, they are at 113.3 rushing yards per game, which is 108th in the nation. Looking at their production in the passing game, they are averaging 35.6 attempts per game and gain an average of 223.5 passing yards. Overall, they hold the 70th spot with 24 points per game.

Coming into this week’s game, the Florida Atlantic defense is 100th in points allowed at 25.6 points per game. So far, team’s have averaged 247.5 passing yards per game vs. the unit (144th). On the ground, they are giving up 144.1 rushing yards, putting them 67th in college football.

Do the Owls Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

The Rice Owls take on the Florida Atlantic with a 5-6 record, including 2-3 on the road and 1-3 at home.

Heading into this week’s matchup with Florida Atlantic, the Owls have been favored in three games and the underdog in five. Their ATS mark coming into the game is 6-3.

In 11 games played, the average over/under line for Rice’s games has been set at 53.4 points. These contests have seen an average combined score of 58 points, resulting in an OU record of 4-5.

On the ground, the Owls are 95th in college football at 307 attempts per game. This has led to an average of 104.6 (113th). So far, they have turned to the passing game 33.2 and have a per game average of 265.1. Overall, they are 40th in points (30.8 PPG).

The Owls defense heads into this week’s matchup with 20 sacks and sitting 1st in QB hurries. So far, they’ve allowed 27.2 points per game (110th). In the pass defense department, they’re 94th nationally, giving up 225.3 passing yards per game. Additionally, when it comes to defending the run, Rice’s defense is allowing 155.3 rushing yards per contest.