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Rice vs. Marshall 12/5/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Rice visits Marshall on 12/5/2020 at 12:00PM.

Rice and Marshall face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Rice has a record of 1-2 this season. Marshall is 7-0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Rice Team Defense Preview

Rice has had 35 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.0 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Rice is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Rice has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. Passing plays make up 44.00% of their opponents’ play calls.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Rice is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.89 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average defense when it comes to how offensive lines control or fail to control them on the ground. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Rice is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Rice Team Offense Preview

Rice has had 34 total drives this season and they generate 5.94 plays per drive. When you are among the best at plays per drive, you are certainly a team that aims to wear down the opposition with a high play count or with long, physical grinding drives that eat up a lot of clock. We need to find out more here when it comes to Rice. Rice is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Rice passes the football 46.53% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Rice is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Rice can take credit for 2.95 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the Rice Offense. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. Rice is a better passing team than running team this season.

Marshall Team Defense Preview

Marshall has had 71 total defensive drives this season and they yield 4.66 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Marshall is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Opponents face third and long situations a lot against this defense. This is a defense that forces opponents to commit penalties, have compromised offensive line play, and fail to convert on crunch possessions. Passing plays make up 58.61% of their opponents’ play calls.They are a team that faces a lot of Air Raid Offenses.

Marshall is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Marshall can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 2.4 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. When it comes to getting to that second level, running backs are getting stopped. This defense does not allow themselves to be gashed. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

Disruptive plays are a part of the fabric of this team’s defensive effort. Game changing plays that drive Offensive Coordinators and Quarterbacks crazy, they find ways to deliver. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!Marshall is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Marshall Team Offense Preview

Marshall has had 68 total drives this season and they generate 5.46 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Marshall has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. Marshall passes the football 46.36% of the time.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 3.4 yards per carry. This is an elite offensive line when it comes to generating a push for the running game. They know how to create creases for running backs to break loose. Playing 7 in a box may not be enough for opposing defenses, this is a great O-Line. This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. They feature a relatively average explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play, but it is not something to count on from them.

Marshall has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. Marshall is among the best in the country at keeping defensive front sevens at bay. Opposing defenses need their secondary players to step up and cause trouble in order for this Offense to be disrupted. Marshall has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The Rice Roster

The Players to Watch for Rice

Michael Collins QB 6-5 217

This season, Michael Collins has put up 802 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has thrown 1 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 176.0thus far this season. Michael Collins has thrown 1 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Michael Collins has -25.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 7.14 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 30.0 times this season, which puts him in the 70.16 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Juma Otoviano RB 5-10 201

This season, Juma Otoviano has 195 rushing yards on 45 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 0 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Juma Otoviano picked up 8 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 1 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Austin Trammell WR 5-10 185

This season, Austin Trammell picked up 335 yards. He caught the ball 16 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 6 receiving touchdowns this season.

De’braylon Carroll DT 6-0 287

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Rice, De’braylon Carroll has 12 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 71.33 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 33.72 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Elijah Garcia DL 6-5 302

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Rice, Elijah Garcia has 19 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 0 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 21.41 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 30.46 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Kirk Lockhart S 5-11 185.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Rice, Kirk Lockhart had 13 tackles which puts him in the 52.67 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 32.62 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Kirk Lockhart as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 38.31 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Miles McCord CB 6-1 160

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Rice, Miles McCord had 10 tackles which puts him in the 53.23 percentile among Corners. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 78.74 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Miles McCord as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes this season, which puts him in the 82.99 percentile among Corners this season.

The Marshall Roster

The Players to Watch for Marshall

Grant Wells QB 6-2 210

This season, Grant Wells has put up 1674 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has thrown 4 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 162.2thus far this season. Grant Wells has thrown 4 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Grant Wells has 155.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 85.87 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 36.0 times this season, which puts him in the 74.44 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Brenden Knox RB 6-0 223

This season, Brenden Knox has 744 rushing yards on 148 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 9 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Brenden Knox picked up 82 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 6 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Artie Henry III WR 6-1 179

This season, Artie Henry III picked up 281 yards. He caught the ball 18 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Darius Hodge DL 6-2 245

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Marshall, Darius Hodge has 31 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 8 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 96.73 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 6 times this season, which put him in the 98.23 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Nazeeh Johnson S 5-10 200.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Marshall, Nazeeh Johnson had 30 tackles which puts him in the 81.83 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 32.62 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Nazeeh Johnson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes this season, which puts him in the 84.5 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Rice vs. Marshall Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Rice 13 Marshall 29

Spread Pick: Rice +23.5 -107 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Marshall -1409 SportsInteraction
Total Pick: Under 45.5 -115 Bookmaker