Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 11-12-22

Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 11/12/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 11/12/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Rice Owls will go against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in NCAAF action in Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, KY, on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 2:00 PM ET.


In their last six matches, Rice alternated victories and defeats, albeit they did defeat UTEP last Friday. Rice’s game against UTEP went back and forth the whole time, with neither side holding an advantage of more than seven points and the score being tied five times.


Rice went 75 yards in seven plays after UTEP tied the score at 30 with 2:35 remaining, culminating in Bradley Rozner’s 23-yard touchdown grab with 25 seconds remaining for the game-winning score.


The Owls’ passing offense, which averages 234.4 yards per game, ranks 67th in the country, while its rushing offense, which averages 151.2 yards per game, ranks 62nd.


In terms of scoring offense, Rice ranks 60th out of 131 FBS teams this season with 30 points per game while ranking 117th nationally with 33.2 points allowed per game.


18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions were part of TJ McMahon’s 2,037-yard total on 152 of 255 passes completed. On the rush, he gained 169 yards and three touchdowns.


  • The Rice Owls are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 matches. 
  • The total went OVER in 12 of Rice’s last 13 matches. 
  • The total went OVER in 6 of Rice’s last 7 matches on the road.

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Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Predictions 11/12/2022


Western Kentucky improved after being destroyed by North Texas and dominating Charlotte on the road the previous week by winning for the third time in four games.


The Hilltoppers improved to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in Conference USA play for the year. In their game against Charlotte, Western Kentucky jumped off to a quick 21-0 lead and never looked back.


At the half, the Hilltoppers led 35-0, and for the rest of the game, they wouldn’t let the 49ers get any closer than 28.


Western Kentucky amassed a total offensive advantage of 592-384, had a 25-22 advantage in first downs, and forced three turnovers without making any themselves.


The Hilltoppers, who average 332 yards via the air per game going into this matchup, are 63rd in the country in terms of running with 151.2 yards per game.


Western Kentucky averages 37.2 points per game on offense, ranking 18th in the FBS, while only allowing 22.3 points per game on defense, placing them 39th overall.


Austin Red completed 276 of his 406 attempts for 3,171 yards and 28 touchdowns against six interceptions. He also rushed for 160 yards and six more scores.


In mop-up duty, Darius Ocean saw just minimal action (5 of 9, 124 yards, 2 TD, INT), and Caden Veltkamp saw 4 of 4, 25 yards.


  • The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 matches. 
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Western Kentucky’s last 5 matches. 
  • The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 14-5 SU in their last 19 matches.

Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The NCAAF pick for this game is the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. This one will feature two offensively-pass-first teams going head-to-head.


When you look closely, the distinction is in how objects behave defensively. Rice struggled on the defensive end of the field this season, ranking among the worst 15 teams in the country in scoring defense.


Five of the nine matches the Owls played this season, including each of the previous three, saw them concede at least 30 points.


The 49ers destroyed Rice at home 56-23 while Western Kentucky shredded the same team away from home last week. Reed and the Hilltoppers defeat the Owls to secure their sixth victory of the season, particularly at home.


The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will win to a predicted score of 38-24.


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NCAAF Starting Time: 2:00 PM (EDT)


Location: Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, KY


Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022




NCAAF Odds: Rice Owls +13


NCAAF Totals: 61


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