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Rice Owls vs UTEP Miners 11/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Rice Owls vs UTEP Miners 11/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Rice Owls (3-7) and the UTEP Miners (6-4) will duel in week 12 of the C-USA college football competition at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 4:00 PM ET. Rice just got off from a three-touchdown defeat to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on November 13.

 

The Owls are fighting to get back from a three-game losing streak and improve their record to 4-7. The Rice Owls dropped to 6th place in the Conference USA West Division with a 2-4 conference and a 3-7 overall standing while losing four road outings this season.

 

Rice made a late rally with 21 points in the 2nd half after being held scoreless in the 1st & 2nd quarters while their defense allowed Western Kentucky to take a 0-28 lead at halftime in their 21-42 defeat. The Owls gave up 587 yards of total offense to the Hilltoppers while gaining 504 with 380 passing and 124 rushing yards on 5.9 yards per play.

 

QB Jake Constantine completed 28 of his 50 pass attempts for 380 yards and scored a touchdown but intercepted 4 times in the loss.

 

RB Ari Broussard led the rushing attack with 60 yards on 15 carries while WR August Pitre III led the receiving squad with 9 catches for 133 receiving yards in the losing effort. Safety Kirk Lockhart led Rice defenders with 10 total tackles and one interception.

 

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Rice Owls vs UTEP Miners Predictions 11/20/2021

 

The UTEP Miners will be defending their home field from the visiting Rice team after losing three contests in a row. The Miners kneeled to the Mean Green by a tough three-point defeat at 17-20 on November 13.

 

UTEP is in 4th place in the Conference USA West Division with a 3-3 conference and a 6-4 overall standing after winning four games at home this season. The Miners were held scoreless in the 1st & 3rd quarters of the match while allowing North Texas to gain 17 points in the second half heading to their 17-20 loss.

 

The UTEP Miners dominated the offense through the air versus the Mean Green at 273 to 240 passing yards but outgained in the running game at 109 to 183 rushing yards. The Miners posted 14 first downs with 62 total plays on 6.2 yards per play.

 

QB Gavin Hardison controlled the offense through the air with 273 yards on 52% passing and scored a touchdown but intercepted once in defeat.

 

On ground offense, RB Ronald Awatt led the rushing attack for 85 yards on 17 carries and landed a touchdown while WR Jacob Cowing grabbed 5 passes for 174 receiving yards and nailed a touchdown. On defense, LB Tyrice Knight augmented the backfield for UTEP with 8 solos and 3 assisted tackles. 

    

Rice Owls vs. UTEP Miners. The NCAAF Pick for this game is UTEP -10. The Miners have a better offense and stronger firepower in this match-up. UTEP will have no problem in winning this contest as their offense will take control of the ball against the struggling and ailing defense of the Owls.

 

Moreover, the Miners will be favored by playing with home-field advantage on Saturday. The prediction: The UTEP Miners will win at  30-17.

 

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NCAAF Starting Time: 4:00 PM ET

 

Location: Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, TX

 

Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021

 

TV: ESPN+

 

NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: UTEP Miners -10  

 

NCAAF Totals: 47.5 

 

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