Texas State vs Rice First Responder Bowl Preview

Texas State vs Rice First Responder Bowl Preview

Check out our preview and prediction for this Texas State vs. Rice college football game in Dallas for week one. Check out our picks for this NCAA showdown to win and cover the spread.

  • The defense of Texas State allows 142nd few points per game.
  • In a game, Rice is averaging 264.2 throwing yards.


The Texas State Bobcats will visit the Rice Owls on Tuesday, December 26th at 5:30 ET. ESPN will provide television coverage of this week’s CFB game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.In this non-conference game, Texas State is expected to face the Owls and is favored by five points away from home. For my opinions and suggested bets, continue reading.


  • Sport: College Football
  • Teams: Rice Owls vs. Texas State Bobcats
  • Where: Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas
  • Date: December 26, Tuesday

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Texas State improved their record to 7-5 with their 52-44 victory over South Alabama, setting them up for this week’s matchup with Rice. Texas State has been the underdog in five games thus far and has been favored seven times. An average scoring difference of +2.2 and an ATS record of 6-6 have resulted from this. The average over/under line for Texas State games has been set at 61 points after 12 games have been played. With an average cumulative score of 69.8 points from these games, OU has a 5-6-1 record.

Against South Alabama, the Bobcats’ passing offense consisted of 28 pass attempts for 368 yards and three touchdowns. They scored two rushing scores and averaged 3.2 yards per carry in the running game. Against South Alabama, TJ Finley completed with a passer rating of 131.55 after throwing for 368 yards. With 28 passing attempts at the end of the game, he completed 67.9% of them.

Ultimately, the Bobcats’ defense allowed South Alabama 479 yards in total during the game. Compared to 399 yards in the passing game, the team’s run defense gave up 80 yards of rush yardage. In terms of passing yards allowed per game, Texas State’s defense is rated 58th going into this one. When facing the Bobcats, opponents toss the ball 32.6 times on average. In terms of points allowed per game, they are 142nd in college football at 33.8. They are 99th in the NCAA in terms of rushing yards allowed.


Following their most recent victory over Florida Atlantic, Rice is back to playing at.500. With a 6-6 record, the Owls are currently preparing for this week’s matchup. The Owls are the underdog in five games going into this week’s game against Texas State, having been favored in four of them. They have a 6-3-1 ATS record going into the match. The average over/under line in Rice’s encounters during a 12-game span has been 52.8 points. With an average total score of 56.9 points from these games, OU has a 4-6 record.

468 yards of offense were produced by the Owls offensively against Florida Atlantic, with 214 yards coming from the ground and 254 from the air. They had three passing touchdowns and a 6/12 third-down conversion rate. Rice defeated Florida Atlantic thanks to three touchdown passes from quarterback AJ Padgett. In all, he completed 64.9% of his passes for 255 yards and had a passer rating of 100.62.

Ultimately, the Owls defense allowed Florida Atlantic 279 yards in total during the game. 151 yards were given up on the ground by the team’s run defense, as opposed to 128 in the passing game. The Owls defense leads the league in quarterback rushes and has recorded 22 sacks. Teams are now scoring 26.7 points per game (102nd) against them. They allow 217.2 passing yards per game, which puts them 80th in the NCAA in terms of pass defense. In addition, Rice’s run defense gives up 154.9 rushing yards per game.


Rice has struggled at 1-2 the last three times they have played Texas State.

Texas State has a 1-1-1 record versus Rice in their last three games as the underdog.

Texas State is currently favored by -5 (-108), having changed from -5.5 points when the lines were first established. On their home field, Rice is now a +5 (-112) point underdog. The Owls’ payout on the moneyline has changed from +180 to +155 at this time. The Bobcats’ opening moneyline payout of -194 is still in place.


  • Texas State has a 5-5 road record against the spread.
  • Since their most recent home game, Rice is 2-1 ATS.
  • When Rice entered a game as the underdog the previous five occasions, their ATS record was 4-1.
  • In their previous ten games as the favorite, Texas State is 5-5.

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