The Rice Owls and Southern Miss Golden Eagles are set to square off on the turf at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium. ESPN+ has the TV rights and the game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
Rice at Southern Miss Betting Odds
The spread for this CUSA game is placed at 15 points in favor of Southern Miss. The Owls are currently getting +510 moneyline odds while the Golden Eagles are -750. The over/under has been set at 59 points. It appears that there should be some solid in-game betting opportunities for this showdown.
This game’s line opened at -14. The O/U has yet to change after it was initially set at 59.
The Owls are 1-2 straight up (SU) and they haven’t faced any CUSA competition yet. The Golden Eagles are 1-1 SU overall and are also 0-0 SU in conference play. The Owls are down 1.0 unit so far and 2-1 against the spread (ATS). The team has recorded an O/U mark of 3-0.
The Golden Eagles have lost 2.4 units this season. The team is 1-1 ATS and has an O/U record of 0-1.
The Owls fell to Hawaii 43-29 in a matchup where the defense allowed the Rainbow Warriors to pass for 319 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 162 yards and two scores. John Ursua had a productive day for the opposition in that one with 133 yards and a score on nine catches. On the offensive side, Shawn Stankavage completed 20 passes for 299 yards, two scores and one interception. Emmanuel Esukpa (104 rushing yards on 17 attempts, one TD) mounted the ground attack in the loss. Austin Walter (five receptions, 82 yards) and Aaron Cephus (five catches, 97 yards, one TD) shared the receiving duties.
Two weeks ago, Louisiana-Monroe got the win against this Southern Miss team by a score of 21-20. The Golden Eagles defensive unit allowed the Warhawks to rush for 159 yards on 30 attempts. Marcus Green put up a good outing, recording 96 yards and two touchdowns on four catches for Louisiana-Monroe. For Southern Miss, Jack Abraham completed 31-of-46 passes for 378 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Tez Parks (42 yards on 17 rush attempts) handled the ground attack in the defeat while Quez Watkins (11 receptions, 81 yards, one TD) and Jaylond Adams (nine catches, 158 yards, one TD) led the pass-catching attack.
Rice has run the ball on 57.4 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Southern Miss has an overall rush percentage of 50.0 percent. The Owls have produced 201 rush yards/game and have four touchdowns via handoffs this year. The Golden Eagles are logging 130 rush yards per contest and have only one rushing TD.
The Owls have averaged 226 yards through the air overall and have five passing TDs so far. The Golden Eagles have produced 317 pass yards per game and have six total pass score.
On the defensive side of the ball, Rice has allowed 186 rush yards and 294 pass yards per game. Southern Miss has been a bit better than that, giving up 130.0 rushing yards per game and 146.5 to opposing teams in the air. The Golden Eagles are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 3.19 to opposing QBs, while the Owls have given up a staggering 11.37 ANY/A.
Stankavage has amassed 342 passing yards on the year, and has completed 27-of-46 attempts with two passing touchdowns and one interception. Stankavage has a 6.49 adjusted net yards per pass attempt, including 7.10 over the last two outings.
The Owls will probably try to control tempo by getting the ball into the hands of their running backs. Along with Aaron Cephus (107 yards, one TD), Austin Walter (108 rush yards, two rush TDs, 90 receiving yards) and Emmanuel Esukpa (277 rush yards, two rush TDs) have been big focal points in the Rice offense.
In the home locker room, Jack Abraham has accounted for 378 yards, two TDs and two INTs. Abraham’s ANY/A stands at 5.73 for the season and 7.56 over his past two games.
The Golden Eagles should also look to control the clock by turning to their backfield. In addition to Quez Watkins (81 receiving yards, one receiving TD), Jaylond Adams (five rush yards, 158 receiving yards, one receiving TD) and Tez Parks (42 rush yards, 65 receiving yards) have seen a multitude of touches lately.
When these two schools met a year ago, Southern Miss won by three field goals 43-34.
Rice Owls at Southern Miss Golden Eagles NCAA Pick
SU Winner – Southern Miss, ATS Winner – Rice, O/U – Over
Team Betting Notes
The Rice defense has sacked opposing quarterbacks five times this year. Southern Miss has registered two sacks.
The Southern Miss offense has lost three fumbles in 2018 while the Rice offense has lost one.
Both passing attacks have produced one pass play of 40+ yards. The Owls have have made six pass plays of 30+ yards while the Golden Eagles have accounted for two such plays.
The Rice defense has allowed five pass plays of 40 yards or more, while Southern Miss has given up one such play.
The Rice offense has created 12 rushing plays of 20 yards or more, while Southern Miss has created zero such runs.
The Owls defense has allowed five rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while the Golden Eagles have given up two such runs.
Southern Miss was favored by 6 points in its last matchup and the O/U going into it was 67. The under cashed and Southern Miss did not cover in the team’s 21-20 defeat to Louisiana-Monroe.
Over its last three matches, Rice is 2-1 ATS and the over cashed in each of those three.
Rice was favored by 17 points in its previous game and the Over/Under going into it was 69. The over cashed and Rice was not able to cover in the 43-29 loss to Hawaii.