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UTEP vs. Rice 11/28/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The UTEP visits Rice on 11/28/2020 at 1:00PM.

UTEP and Rice 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. UTEP has a record of 3-4 this season. Rice is 1-2 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

UTEP Team Defense Preview

UTEP has had 69 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.22 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. UTEP has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. Passing plays make up 49.72% of their opponents’ play calls.Opponents typically have some form of run/pass balance against them.

UTEP 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 2.57 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.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. 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!UTEP is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

UTEP Team Offense Preview

UTEP has had 69 total drives this season and they generate 5.75 plays per drive. UTEP runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. UTEP passes the football 48.36% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

UTEP struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. 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. UTEP can take credit for 2.4 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground 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 UTEP Offense. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. UTEP is a better passing team than running team this season.

Rice Team Defense Preview

Rice has had 35 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes 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. Rice opponents pass the football 44.00% of the time.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. Passing plays make up 46.53% of their play calls.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.

The UTEP Roster

The Players to Watch for UTEP

Gavin Hardison QB 6-3 205

This season, Gavin Hardison has put up 1419 yards and 5 touchdowns. He has thrown 5 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 117.4thus far this season. Gavin Hardison has thrown 5 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Gavin Hardison has -30.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 6.07 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 26.0 times this season, which puts him in the 69.02 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Deion Hankins RB 6-0 215

This season, Deion Hankins has 493 rushing yards on 99 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 7 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Deion Hankins picked up 3 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.

Jacob Cowing WR 5-11 170

This season, Jacob Cowing picked up 573 yards. He caught the ball 36 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Keenan Stewart DT 6-2 305

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for UTEP, Keenan Stewart has 29 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 6 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 97.42 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 34.51 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Praise Amaewhule DE 6-3 245

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for UTEP, Praise Amaewhule has 14 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 7 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 95.93 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 6 times this season, which put him in the 98.57 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Broderick Harrell DB 5-11 210.0

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 UTEP, Broderick Harrell had 32 tackles which puts him in the 88.04 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 88.98 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Broderick Harrell as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 39.16 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Ilijah Johnson CB 5-11 180

Considered 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 UTEP, Ilijah Johnson had 4 tackles which puts him in the 30.28 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 35.17 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Ilijah Johnson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 38.07 percentile among returning secondary position players last 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 7.38 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 30.0 times this season, which puts him in the 72.3 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 75.12 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 34.51 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 Tackles 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 22.49 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 31.47 percentile among all Defensive Tackles 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 56.41 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 33.65 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Kirk Lockhart as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 39.16 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Miles McCord CB 6-1 160

Considered 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, Miles McCord had 10 tackles which puts him in the 56.12 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 78.9 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Miles McCord as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 83.79 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

UTEP vs. Rice Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: UTEP 18 Rice 24

Spread Pick: UTEP +12 -111 Bookmaker
Moneyline Pick: Rice -429 SportsInteraction
Total Pick: Under 44.5 -107 5Dimes