Authored by College Football Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Football game on Friday Night November 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm EST on the FS-1 Television Network.
The (6-4) UTEP Miners Conference USA West division will travel West Texas to the South part of the Lone Star State to take on the (6-4) Rice Owls also of Conference USA West division in 2014 Football action. The game will be played at historic Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas. This Sports handicapper is looking forward to watching the battle of C-USA divisional foes, they are in a tie for second place behind first place Louisiana Tech, who is undefeated in C-USA play. The Opening Betting Line has Rice as a seven-point home favorite Against The Spread, and the total is posted at 52′ points for Friday Night’s game.
The 2014 Texas-El Paso Miners are coming of off a 35-17 home win vs. North Texas and to everyone’s surprise the Miners have exceeded all expectations this year, they were picked to finish at the bottom of the West division of C-USA, but with eight starters returning on offense and seven on defense from last season 2-10 team UTEP have stepped up their play. Texas El Paso is only 1-9 Against The Spread their last ten vs. Rice with eight of the games going over the total. Texas El Paso has covered their last five overall, going over twice and staying under three times. UTEP will be led on offense by Texas A&M transfer quarterback Jameill Showers for their Free 2014 Winning College Football Expert Betting Predictions game at Rice. Texas El Paso has bowl aspirations on their minds and a win at Rice could seal the deal. The Miners must play solid on both sides of the football and stop a Rice offense; that can score even though they have been slowed down the past two weeks by Marshall and Texas San Antonio.
2014 Rice Owls had won six straight before last Saturday’s 41-14 loss at Marshall in a game which saw the undefeated Thundering Herd pull away in the second half and it’s up to the coaching staff to have the team focused vs. UTEP. Rice has covered the last six meetings between the teams and the under has come in the Owls last four at home vs. A team with a winning record. Rice is 7-3 Against The Spread, going over the total six times and staying under four. Rice will be led on offense by junior quarterback Driphus Jackson, who didn’t even throw for 100 yards last week for their game vs. UTEP. The key to a Rice win is for Jackson to be more efficient in the passing game. The Owls are averaging about 400 yards per game on offense, but the defense can’t have a letdown the way they did in Huntington, West Virginia last week.
Free Pick: Rice-7.