College Football Pick Houston at Rice 10-16-10

October 13, 2010


Houston Cougars at Rice Owls

Saturday October 16, 2010 3:30 PM EST

Line: Houston -10

This Conference USA battle features two teams that could struggle the rest of the season. Houston is 3-2 on the year with a 2-0 conference record. The bad news for the Cougars is that they lost their starting QB Case Keenum for the rest of the season. Houston is 0-1 on the road this year. The Owls will look to capitalize on a Houston team that will be starting a Freshman at QB. The Owls are 1-5 with a 0-2 C-USA record. They are still looking for their first home win, 0-4.

Houston is going to be a team that stats won’t reflect this team. Not without Case Keenum slinging the football. Their offense was ranked 10th overall with 40.2 points a game. Their passing game was ranked 15th in the nation with 295.2 yards a game. Now with Freshman QB Terrance Broadway running the offense, expectations should be lowered dramatically. The Cougars will need their 57th ranked rushing attack to step up and take pressure off their Freshman starting QB. Expect to see Junior RB Bryce Beall to get the ball early and often. Beall has 435 yards with 9 TDs.

The Owls defense has been pathetic. They are 105th in the nation allowing 35.2 points a game. Their offense has been below average putting up 21.7 points a game, 86th overall. They have not been able to run the ball, only averaging 105.5 yards a game which is 99th. Their passing game has been a bright spot. They are throwing for 224.7 yards a game, 58th in the nation. Junior QB Nick Fannuzzi has been decent throwing for 1,104 yards with 4 TDs and 6 Ints.

With football picks, you usually pick the better football team. I would have to say that Houston is the better football team, but without Case Keenum at QB, this offense could be inept. Not only that, but the Cougars are giving up a bunch of points to everyone. This Rice offense should cover the line and may even be able to pull their team to a victory. If Houston is going to be considered a good football team still, they will have to show me they have a good backup QB. I’m not going to rely on a Freshman to be good in his first start on the road.

Free College Football Pick: Rice +10

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