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College Football Betting Preview: Rice Owls vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes
October 19, 2023
A pair of 3-3 AAC teams will meet on Thursday night when the Rice Owls travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at H.A. Chapman Stadium on Thursday at 7:00 PM ET with the game airing on ESPN2 in week 8 of the college football season.
The Rice Owls enter this game with a record of 3-3 following a 31-38 loss at home against the UConn Huskies while failing to cover the 10-point spread as a home favorite in week 6 of the college football season. Rice scored 31 points while compiling a total of 474 yards offensively which included 362 passing yards and 112 rushing yards while allowing 38 points and 319 total yards defensively which included 215 passing yards and 104 rushing yards. JT Daniels led the team in passing, completing 33 of 49 attempts for 362 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Juma Otoviano led the team in rushing with six carries for 51 yards and two touchdowns while adding four receptions for 16 yards. Luke McCaffrey led the team in receiving, catching seven of eight targets for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Tulsa enters this game with a record of 3-3 following a 17-20 loss on the road against the Florida Atlantic Owls while the game ended in a push in week 6 of the college football season. The Golden Hurricane scored 17 points while compiling 376 total yards offensively which included 180 passing yards and 196 rushing yards while allowing 20 points and 378 total yards defensively which included 144 passing yards and 234 rushing yards. Cardell Williams led the team in passing, completing 10 of 20 attempts for 115 yards and two interceptions while also leading the team in rushing with seven attempts for 52 yards and a touchdown. Kamdyn Benjamin led the team in receiving, catching three of five targets for 46 yards.
BookMaker has the Tulsa Golden Hurricane listed as 3-point favorites at home against the Rice Owls on Thursday night in week 8 of the college football season. Tulsa has won eight of the last ten and two of the last three games in the series while winning by an average margin of 17 points per game over the last ten and 6.33 points per game over the last three meetings. The Golden Hurricane are 5-4-1 ATS in the last ten while the Owls are 2-1 ATS in the last three meetings. Rice is 4-2 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS on the road, 2-0 ATS as an underdog, and 1-1 ATS in conference games this season while the Tulsa Golden Hurricane are 3-3 ATS overall, 1-2 ATS at home, 1-1 ATS as a favorite, and 1-1 ATS in conference games on the year.
Both teams enter this game with a record of 3-3, however, this series has been dominated by the Tulsa Golden Hurricane as they have won eight of the last ten and two of the last three games in the series. I expect a tightly contested game, however, I look for the Golden Hurricane to get the win at home when they host the Rice Owls on Thursday which is why I am taking the money line for Tulsa at -153 when they host the Rice Owls in week 8 of the college football season.
Spooky Express Pick: Tulsa Golden Hurricane Moneyline (-153)
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