Houston vs. Rice Prediction: Picks & Start Time – September 2022

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The Houston Cougars (1-2) and Rice Owls (2-1) will battle in a matchup at John O’Quinn Field at TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Houston vs. Rice Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 17.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Houston as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, Houston has -925 odds to pick up the win, while Rice is listed at +589 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 51.5 points.

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Game Info

How to Watch Houston vs. Rice Live?

  • Game Day: Saturday, September 24, 2022
  • Game Time: 6:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Stadium: John O’Quinn Field at TDECU Stadium

Betting Preview


Despite having a bottom-25 defense that ranks 15th-worst in the FBS (449.0 yards allowed per game), Houston has played better on offense, ranking 86th in the FBS offensively totaling 382.0 yards per game. With 38.7 points allowed per game on defense, which ranks 12th-worst in the FBS, Houston has had to lean on their 68th-ranked offense (32.3 points per contest) to keep them in games. Houston sports the 66th-ranked passing offense this season (248.0 passing yards per game), and has been worse on the other side of the ball, ranking 15th-worst with 282.0 passing yards allowed per game. Houston is totaling 134.0 rushing yards per game on offense (89th in the FBS), and ranks 92nd on defense with 167.0 rushing yards allowed per game. Houston is averaging a 50.0% third-down percentage on offense (27th in the FBS), and ranks 90th defensively with a 40.5% third-down percentage allowed. Houston has the 100th-ranked turnover margin in college football at -1, forcing four turnovers (71st in the FBS) while turning it over five times (72nd in the FBS).


From an offensive perspective, Rice is putting up 405.3 total yards per contest (76th-ranked). It ranks 41st in the FBS on defense (325.3 total yards allowed per game). With 33.0 points per game on offense, Rice ranks 64th in the FBS. On defense, it ranks 103rd, giving up 32.3 points per contest. Rice ranks 79th in the FBS with 238.3 passing yards per contest on offense, and it ranks 29th with 178.3 passing yards surrendered per game on defense. From an offensive angle, Rice is putting up 167.0 rushing yards per game (64th-ranked). It ranks 75th in the FBS on defense (147.0 rushing yards surrendered per game). Rice’s third-down offense has been leading the way for the team, as it ranks 14th-best in the FBS with a 54.3% third-down conversion rate. In terms of defense, it is allowing a 32.1% third-down rate, which ranks 43rd. Rice owns a -1 turnover margin this season, which ranks 100th in the FBS.

Houston vs. Rice Betting Analysis

Houston Betting Insights

Houston has covered the spread one time this season (1-2-0). Games involving the Houston have hit the over twice this season. The Cougars have been the moneyline favorite only two other times so far this season, and they split the two games. The Cougars have not played a game this season with moneyline odds of -925 or shorter.

Owls Betting Insights

Rice has gone 2-1-0 against the spread this year. Rice has yet to cover the spread when playing as at least 17.5-point underdogs (0-1). This year, each Rice game has hit the over. The Owls have split the two games they’ve played as underdogs this season. The Owls have played as an underdog of +589 or more once this season and lost that game.

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Houston vs. Rice Against The Spread & Betting Records


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 61.0 58.0 62.5
Implied Total AVG 33.0 33.0 33.0
ATS Record 1-2-0 0-1-0 1-1-0
Over/Under Record 2-0-1 1-0-0 1-0-1
Moneyline Favorite Record 1-1 0-1 1-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 0-1 0-0 0-1


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 55.7 52.8 61.5
Implied Total AVG 36.7 31.5 47.0
ATS Record 2-1-0 2-0-0 0-1-0
Over/Under Record 3-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 1-0 1-0 0-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 1-1 1-0 0-1

Players to Watch


  • The Cougars’ defense has been aided by the contributions of Derek Parish, who has suited up for three games and compiled 17 tackles, 6.0 TFL, and 4.5 sacks.
  • With 23 tackles and 3.0 TFL in three games, Donavan Mutin has been a significant part of the Cougars’ defense in 2022.
  • As part of the Cougars’ defense, Gervarrius Owens has compiled one interception to go along with 21 tackles and one pass defended in three games.
  • The Cougars’ defensive unit has been helped by the play of Art Green, who has suited up for three games, registering 1.0 TFL, 16 tackles, and one interception.


  • Myron Morrison has been wreaking havoc on defense, totaling 11 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and 0.5 sacks for the Owls.
  • On defense, Ikenna Enechukwu has helped lead the way with five tackles, 2.0 TFL, and 2.5 sacks in three games.
  • In three games for the Owls, Sean Fresch has amassed 10 tackles.
  • Gabe Taylor has registered eight tackles and one interception in three games for the Owls.

Houston vs. Rice Predictions and Pick

Houston vs. Rice betting card

    Pick ATS:

    Owls (+17.5)

    Pick OU:

    Over (51.5)

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How to Bet on Houston vs. Rice

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Our pick to win this contest is Rice, and we expect that Rice will cover the spread (Houston -17.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 51.5 points.


Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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