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The Houston Cougars host the Rice Owls this Saturday night. Can Rice put up a fight against Houston? John Hyslop answers.

Houston vs Rice Prediction, Pick, and Odds: Can TJ McMahon and Rice Put Up a Fight Against Houston?

Sometimes we just need a play that has no chance of losing. That sometime is now. It's Saturday, it finally feels like fall and there is football on our televisions all day. If that doesn't get you jacked up to find some winners, I don't know what will. I'm serious. I have no hope for you in the gambling game if you aren't ready to run through a wall right now. You might as well take up knitting or star gazing. But before you do that, take a look at the 6:00 pm ET game between Rice and Houston. If you look close enough, you'll see a line that appears to be a gift from God himself. It's literally screaming "bet me, bet me". It's crazy because this doesn't happen all the time. I think it's a sign.

Houston vs. Rice Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: September 24, 2022
  • Game Time: 6:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN+

Houston vs. Rice Odds

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Houston vs. Rice Pick

Rice Owls Team Total Over 16.5 (-130) (Bet $130 to win $100)

*Odds available at DraftKings at time of publishing*

We're at DraftKings for this one since we don't have team totals up at either of the other two books I frequent (BetMGM and FanDuel). Not sure what the hold-up is but I can't wait any longer. We need to get down and we need to get down now. It's just that simple. Especially on bets that have no chance of losing. I always feel like the books are going to take the numbers down because they realize how dumb they are.

Houston vs. Rice Prediction

TJ McMahon people. That's the name you want to know in this one. He's my guy. I know Rice has sucked forever but this kid has now made it to where Rice no longer sucks. I still don't know if they're good but I do know they do not suck. The beauty is the books still think they suck since they are 17.5-point dogs in this one. They just won straight up as 11.5-point dogs last week.

We have a hungry bunch here but it really doesn't even matter since we just need them to score 17 points as they've done in each of their last two games. The thing is, they actually looked good moving the ball up and down the field on Louisiana last week. We're talking 449 total yards of offense here people. That's good. They even dropped 14 on USC to start the year so these kids are battle-tested.

Obviously, they'll need the right type of team to score on since we're talking Rice here. Let's keep things realistic. Houston is that team. The Cougars are off to a disappointing start as they're 1-2 but they're being valued here like they have a defense. The issue is, they don't have a defense. Everyone knows that. They've given up at least 30 points in every game they've played this season. UTSA hung 35 on them. Nothing against UTSA but if they can drop 35 then why can't Rice hang 17? I think we have a banger here people.

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John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.


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