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How and what to watch for Rice vs. North Texas

After not playing since last month, Rice and North Texas will get a chance to get back on the football field Saturday.

Rice Owls tight end Jordan Myers completes a catch during the college football game between the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Rice Owls on October 24, 2020 at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas. Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Rice Owls and North Texas Mean Green will be looking to get their respective seasons back on schedule when they play each other on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. ET in Denton, TX.

Rice (1-1) has not played in two weeks as their last game against Louisiana Tech was postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests. The last time we saw the Owls in action, they defeated Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 30-6 on Halloween.

Rice senior quarterback Mike Collins completed 12-of-17 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Austin Trammell was the game’s leading receiver with seven receptions for 143 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore running back Juma Ottavino led both teams in rushing with 111 yards on 25 carries.

As for North Texas (2-3), they haven’t played in almost a month because of positive COVID-19 tests in three-straight games. On Oct. 17, the Mean Green took down the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 52-35. UNT’s offense was clicking on all cylinders as they produced an impressive 768 yards of total offense. Sophomore quarterback Jason Bean was the star of the game, passing for 181 yards and two touchdowns, along with 169 rushing yards and three touchdowns. It was one of the many great performances we’ve seen in college football this season.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Rice vs. North Texas on Saturday, November 21st at 2:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Rice vs. North Texas (-2.5)
Point Total: 64
Money line: Rice (+104) vs. North Texas (-125)

  • Rice are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
  • North Texas are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games at home
  • Rice are 3-15 SU in their last 18 games on the road

Betting splits

Rice: (86% of handle, 70% percent of bets)
North Texas: (14% of handle, 30% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Rice was favored earlier this week by 2.5, but the market makes a lot more sense with UNT ahead after Jason Bean’s last performance. Neither of these teams are good, but one has some upside, has had three weeks off, and is at home. That’s enough to win by at least a field goal

Pick: UNT -2.5

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