We all know who the big teams are in the college game right now, with the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, and Ohio State among the teams who are able to recruit and reload every single season. Over the years, though, all of those teams have had some down years, which is a situation that many of the former greats find themselves in right now. The college football landscape is filled with sleeping giants looking to get back in the spotlight, which usually means turning over coaches in the hopes that the next one will hit. There are a few teams in that cycle right now, with the likes of Florida State and Miami all looking to get back to their former glory.
Another team that is caught in that cycle right now is the Texas Longhorns. They are making steps in the right direction, but those final few strides to the finish line are where they have been falling flat over the last couple of seasons. They are off to an uneven start this year, but they should be in good shape this weekend on the road against the Rice Owls. Texas are favored by 32, with the point total set at 56.
Texas vs Rice 2019 College Football Week 3 Betting Lines & Prediction
- When: Saturday, September 14, 8 PM EST
- Where: NRG Stadium, Houston
- TV: CBSSN
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: CBS Sports Live
- College Football Week 3 Betting Lines: Texas -32 (Total 56)
- Sunny: 31°C/88°F
- Humidity: 48%
- Precipitation: 0%
- Cloud Cover: 7%
- Wind: 4 mph SE
- Stadium Type: Retractable
Why bet on the Texas Longhorns?
The Texas Longhorns saw their season get off to a positive start, downing Louisiana Tech 45-14, easily covering the 19 ½ point spread. Week 2 was always going to be a tougher proposition for the Longhorns, though, as it’s never easy to go against one of the top teams in the SEC. Texas battled hard against the LSU Tigers, but they ended up coming up short in a 45-38 loss.
Despite that loss, Texas are still 11-4 in their last 15 games, but if they have designs on the top 4, they are going to need to be perfect the rest of the way. That should not be a problem this weekend, as they are 10-0 versus Rice in their last 10 meetings. They are 4-1 SU and ATS in their last 5 games played in September.
Team Stats (Last 10 Games)
- Score: 42.40
- Rush Yards: 262.20
- Pass Attempts: 22.30
- Completion Percentage: 65.47
- Passing Yards: 216.10
- Total Yards: 478.3
- Turnovers: 1.40
Why bet on the Rice Owls?
Looking back over the last few seasons, there is very little that would make you believe that the Rice Owls can make a game of this. This is, after all, a team that has only managed to win 1 game in their last 14 attempts, not to mention being 0-10 in their last 10 meetings with Texas.
The average margin of defeat in those previous 10 games was roughly 30 PPG, so perhaps they might be able to keep it close enough to cover the spread here. Rice has actually been a decent pick against the spread, going 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5, as well as 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. Another thing to consider is the OVER, with Rice seeing that hit in each of their last 5 games played in September.
Team Stats (Last 10 Games)
- Score: 12.80
- Rush Yards: 109.60
- Pass Attempts: 24.50
- Completion Percentage: 54.29
- Passing Yards: 142.80
- Total Yards: 252.4
- Turnovers: 1.90
Texas vs Rice 2019 College Football Week 3 Betting Trends
- Longhorns are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games played in September
- Longhorns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played in week 3
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas’ last 7 games played on a Saturday
- Owls are 2-18 SU in their last 20 games against an opponent in the Big 12 conference
- Owls are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rice’s last 5 games played in September
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Texas vs Rice
The Texas Longhorns offense has been humming along quite nicely through the first two weeks, so there is a very good chance that they might just light Rice up. I am taking Texas to win and cover, plus I also like the OVER.
Score: Texas Longhorns 55 – Rice Owls 13