College Football Pick Rice at UTEP 10-9-10

October 6, 2010


Rice Owls at UTEP Miners

Saturday October 9, 2010 9:05 EST

Line: UTEP -9

This battle of Conference USA teams has two very opposite teams featured. The Rice Owls have a record of 1-4 while the UTEP Miners have a record of 4-1. The Owls one win this season did come on the road, while they have lost all of their home games (4). The Miners have been a perfect 3-0 at home and look to add onto their 3 game winning streak. The Owls have a 3 game losing streak coming into this game.

The one bright spot for the Owls thus far has been their ability to pass the ball. They are 52nd in the nation with 229 yards a game. Leading the passing attack is Junior QB Nick Fanuzzi. Fanuzzi has 903 yards on the season with only 1 TD and 6 Ints. Fanuzzi has turned over the ball often and has really hurt his team. The Owls will need to find ways to put points on the board in this one. They are only averaging 21.2 points per game which is 90th in the nation. They have not been much better stopping people allowing 33.4 points a game which is 104th overall.

UTEP has looked solid this season on both sides of the football.. They are averaging 30.2 points a game while only allowing 21.4 points a game. Leading this offense is the passing game which ranks 33rd overall with 250.4 yards a game. Senior QB Trevor Vittatoe has shined this year with 1,250 yards 11 TDs and only 2 Ints. Complementing Vittatoe has been this rushing game for the Miners. Their rushing game comes in at 47th in the nation with 173.8 yards a game. Junior RB Joseph Banyard has excelled with 330 yards and 5 TDs on the ground. He also has 19 catches for 168 yards.

These two teams are polar opposites. The Owls are looking bad, which justifies their 3 game losing streak. On the other hand the Miners are looking good, with their 3 game winning streak. The Miners have been able to put the ball into the end zone with relative ease. On the other hand, the Owls have had trouble finding the end zone. The Miners will look to continue their winning ways at home and make this football pick relatively easy. Look for the Miners to put up some points for their fans while the Owls struggle to find an identity.

Free College Football Pick: UTEP -9

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