Baylor vs Rice College Football Winning Favorites

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 15, 2016 in

An old Southwest Conference rivalry renews in non-conference play as the Baylor Bears head to Houston to take on the Rice Owls. A lot of the other ranked teams in the Big 12 (TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State) have already taken losses, but the Baylor Bears remain undefeated. Of course, those other teams have scheduled non-conference games against teams from other Power 5 conferences, while Baylor has scheduled teams like SMU…and Rice. The Baylor offense appears to be quite all right, thank you, despite the firing of former head coach Art Briles. The Owls lost to Baylor last year up in Waco, 70-17. Check out the college football lines for all of the Week 3 action.

A Closer Look At The Bears vs Owls College Football Winning Favorites

When: Friday, September 16, 2016, 8:00 PM ET
Where: Rice Stadium, Houston, TX
Radio: Baylor IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAF Odds: Baylor (-30)



Why should you bet on the Bears?

Despite the fact that Baylor Bears could only muster six points in the first half last week against SMU, they did come out after halftime and put up 34 points on the Mustangs, whose defense tired. SMU was playing their backup quarterback, and their offense could not muster much in the way of sustained drives, and Baylor wore them out over time. That big second half helped Baylor move to a 47.5 point per game average on the season. Quarterback Seth Russell looks strong, piling up 424 yards, six touchdowns and just a single pick in the passing game, while tailbacks JaMycal Hasty, Terence Williams and Shock Linwood give the running game a three-headed monster that always has fresh legs.

Why should you put your money on Rice?

This argument is a tougher one to make, even with that 30-point line. So far in 2016, Rice Owls ranks #119 in total offense (290 yards per game), #121 in total defense (521 yards permitted per game), #121 in scoring offense (14 points per game) and #112 in scoring defense (38.5 points permitted per game). Their first two contests have pitted them against Western Kentucky and Army, both of which sit far below Baylor in the national rankings. Rice does have a strong-armed quarterback in Connor Cella, but they have shown nothing on the defensive side of the ball to show that they can hang with opponents through the course of a game, and they have not shown that they can sustain much on offense to keep pace in a high-scoring affair.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Baylor to knock off yet another easy opponent in Week 2. The Bears couldn’t quite cover their line against SMU last week, but Rice doesn’t have a backup quarterback slated to start the game like the Mustangs did. I like Baylor to get on the board early and often against a Rice defense that is softer than SMU’s, and I see this game getting out of hand by halftime. I pick the Bears to win, 52-14, and cover that gargantuan line.