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Texas State vs Rice Plugs Prediction - College Football Picks 12/26/23

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- Rice Owls (6-6) vs Texas State Bobcats (7-5)

- Game Info: Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at 5:30 pm (Gerald J. Ford Stadium)

📊 Betting Odds: Rice Owls +3.5 / Texas State Bobcats -3.5 -- Over/Under: 59.5

The SV Game Preview

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  • Today we have The Texas State Bobcats going head to head against the Rice Owls in the First Responders Bowl at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Texas State has lost two of their last three games, while Rice comes into this game on a two game winning streak. Let’s dive into this bowl game and come out with a bag!

The Texas State Preview

  • The Texas State Bobcats are 7-5 (4-4) this season and they finished their season tied for second in the Sun Belt. Texas State started the season with a 4-1 record, but started to slide down hill after losing four of their next six games, but the Bobcats decided to not go down like chumps and bounced back with a win over South Alabama in their last game of the season to finish with a 7-5 record. This Texas State defense has been a issue, they have allowed 44, 77, 31, 24, and 31 points in their last five games. The Texas State offense is scoring 36 points per game with 280.8 passing yards per game and 190.9 rushing yards per game. TJ Finley has thrown for 3,287 yards, 24 touchdowns, and eight interceptions for the Bobcats this season. Ismail Mahdi has rushed for 1,209 yards and 10 scores, while Joey Hobert (questionable) has caught 71 passes for 847 yards and eight touchdowns. The Texas State defense is allowing 33 points against per game this season and will most likely give up more points here today!

  • Texas State Bobcats Team Facts

  • Texas State has lost each of its last five games against opponents from the American Athletic Conference.

  • The underdog has covered the spread in each of Texas State's last three games.

  • Three of Texas State's last four games have gone OVER the total points line.

The Rice Owls Preview

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  • The Rice Owls come into this game with a 6-6 (4-4) record this year and they finished tied for fifth in the AAC. Rice started the season with a 3-2 record, but lost four of their next five games to fall to 4-6. The Owls did finish the season with wins over Charlotte and FAU to qualify for this bowl game and I they were lucky to do that! This Rice defense allowed at least 30 points in seven of their twelve games this year and this defense is sketchy at best. The Rice offense is pretty sold, averaging about 30 points per game with 264.2 passing yards per game and 112.6 rushing yards per game. AJ Padgett has thrown for 636 yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions for the Owls this season and will need to step up big in this game if they want to secure a win! They also have Dean Connors, he has rushed for 707 yards and five touchdowns and they also have Luke McCaffrey, he has caught 68 passes for 963 yards and 12 scores. This Rice defense is giving up 26.7 points against per game and I can see more struggles from this defense here!

  • Rice Owls Team Facts

  • Rice has lost five of its last six games at neutral venues.

  • Rice has failed to cover the spread in five of its last six games against non-conference opponents at neutral venues.

  • Each of Rice's last four games as an underdog at neutral venues have gone OVER the total points line.

The Plugs Game Prediction

💎 Rice / Texas St OVER 59.5 -110

  • It's hard to get on a side here but this total seems pretty safe to me, even with it set so high I can still see this game going over! Rice comes into this game on a two game winning streak and will take on a Texas State team that has had a pretty bad defensive season. The Owls our no angels either, they have big issues on defense as well, but they played much better in their last two games. Texas State was able to make up for

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