Rice Owls Vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles Betting Trends - LendingTree Bowl Preview

Rice Owls Vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles Betting Trends – LendingTree Bowl Preview

The LendingTree Bowl features the Rice Owls (5-7) out of Conference USA, matched up against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (6-6) from the Sun Belt Conference. The former conference foes have played 12 times in the past, each winning six contests. Rice won, 24-19, the last time these two met back in 2021.

Kick-off for the LendingTree Bowl begins at 5:45 p.m. EST at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. Southern Miss is a seven-point favorite, and the over/under total is 46.5 points. That being said, it’s time to have a closer look at both teams and how they arrive to this matchup so you can bet against their College Football Bowl Odds.

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Rice Owls

Rice didn’t have a winning record but earned a bowl invite thanks to one of the highest Academic Progress Rates of those schools with a losing record. The Owls stumbled down the stretch after a 4-3 start, losing four of its last five contests to close out the regular season. Mike Bloomgren is in his fifth season as the team’s head coach and appearing in his first bowl game.

The Rice Owls averaged 25.3 points per game during the regular season, churning out 142.9 yards per game on the ground and 227.1 yards through the air. On defense, Rice held opponents to 33.8 points and 377.1 total yards of offense.

The quarterback role for the Owls has been up in the air since starter TJ Mcmahon went down with an injury midway through the season. Rice has juggled three quarterbacks since, playing Shawqi Itraish, Wiley Green, and AJ Padgett throughout the final contests.

Starting running back Ari Broussard also went down with an injury after seven games, missing the remainder of the season. The rushing duties were handed over to Cameron Montgomery and Juma Otoviano, who combined for 914 yards and one touchdown.

Bradley Rozner led the Owls in receiving, catching 41 passes for 834 yards and nine touchdowns. Luke McCaffrey, younger brother of San Francisco 49er Christian McCaffrey, added 51 receptions, 656 yards, and six scores.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles had an up-and-down season but closed out the regular season with a win over UL Monroe to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2019. Southern Miss is in the second season under head coach Will Hall. 

Offensively, the Golden Eagles scored 24.3 points per game, gaining 123.4 yards on the ground and 209.3 yards through the air. Southern Miss allowed 23.5 points per game to opponents, while surrendering 367.7 total yards of offense.

Trey Keys and Zach Wilke, both freshmen, began the season under center for the Golden Eagles, but it was junior Trey Lowe who closed out the year at quarterback. Lowe finished the season with 716 yards through the air, and three touchdown throws.

Frank Gore Jr., son of NFL ledged Frank Gore, rushed for 1,053 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead the Southern Miss ground attack. Backup Janari Dean chipped in 179 yards and three TDs.

Out wide, no receiver was targeted more than Jason Brownlee. The senior was the team leader in receptions (52), receiving yards (819), and touchdowns (7).


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