Texas vs. Rice fearless prediction and game preview.
Texas vs. Rice Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 14
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Network: CBS Sports Network
Texas (1-1) vs. Rice (0-2) Game Preview
Why Rice Will Win
The Owl defense hasn’t been all that bad for 0-2.
Okay, so it couldn’t hold up against Wake Forest after the offensive balance got going, but it kept the Army offense under wraps in the opener. The stats don’t come close to showing it, but the team is hitting better and playing stronger than it did throughout last season.
The Owls have to hope that Texas is sleepy.
The Longhorns got beaten up in the wild shootout with LSU, and next week if the Big 12 opener against Oklahoma State. Rice might mean a lot to a slew of Texas fans, but for the players, good luck getting them up for this.
This is everything for Rice, but …
Why Texas Will Win
The Owls still don’t have enough scoring punch to do much of anything if the Longhorns score at all.
Tackling might be option in the Texas secondary, and the Owl passing game threw for 254 yards in the loss to Wake Forest, but that’s still not going to cut it. The running game is only averaging 124 yards over the first two games, and there’s no big play pop or potential to answer if Sam Ehlinger and the passing attack stay hot after cranking it up against LSU.
This is the game to get the running game going again. Ehlinger bombed away for over 400 yards against the Tigers, but with a thin group of running backs in place, the goal has to be to find more reliable options than Keontay Ingram to work into the rotation.
But first, Texas needs to get up fast to get the reserves into the mix. That shouldn’t be a problem if the Rice offense can’t go on any long, sustained drives.
What’s Going To Happen
You know how Tom Herman teams sometimes have a habit of being able to come out rocking against the good teams, but occasionally struggle inexplicably when it gets an easy layup?
Last season it took too much to get by Kansas and the Tulsa game was a fight, and this might be one of those moments … for about a quarter. The Longhorns will wake up after a few drives and put this away before halftime.
Texas vs. Rice Prediction, Line
Texas 40, Rice 13
Line: Texas -32, o/u: 56
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Must See Rating: 2
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