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RICE vs HOUSTON Prediction & Preview


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Bragging rights for Houston is up for grabs in this game where Rice plays host to Houston with both teams losing their season opener.

Houston only won three games last season and they are favored by over a TD in this non-conference matchup. They have a young squad that may go through some growing pains this season but they showed in their opener they have some firepower on the offensive side of the ball.

Rice lost their season opener and they won two games last season even though they only played five. They lost pretty big in their opener against Arkansas from the SEC even though they were in control for much of the game but sloppy play killed them.


Tale of Two Halves

In their season opener, Houston was at home and lost to Texas Tech 38-21 in a game that was a tale of two halves. In the first half, the Cougars looked great on D and had a 21-7 lead but in the second half they were outscored 31-0. Houston had their chances but they only rushed for 77 yards and they had four turnovers while only forcing one.


Clayton Tune passed for 174 yards and had two TD but he accounted for all of the turnovers with four picks. Nathaniel Dell and Christian Trahan combined for 13 catches and 122 receiving yards. The Cougars only rushed for 77 yards in the game and Mulbah Car and Tune combined for 65 of them and neither averaged over 2.8 yards per carry. Houston comes into the season with many new faces on both sides of the ball. They were set to play Rice last season but that game was cancelled. Dating back to last season the team has failed to cover the spread in five of their last six games.


Can’t Hold On

Rice lost to Arkansas 38-17 at home in their opener where they were up 17-7 midway through the third quarter but was outscored 31-0 the rest of the game. While the team lost by 21 points, they were only outgained by 65 yards and it did not help matters they had three fourth-quarter turnovers and they gave up 245 rushing yards.


Wiley Green passed for 152 yards with a TD but he accounted for all of the turnovers with three second-half interceptions. The sophomore may get the start in this game but if he struggles Luke McCaffrey may get the call and in the Arkansas loss he passed for 75 yards with no TD and no INT. WR August Pitre III had 94 receiving yards and hauled in the lone TD. The RB duo of Khalan Griffin and Jordan Myers combined for 23 carries for only 58 yards and each had a long run of only seven yards.

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