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Louisiana Tech vs Rice Prediction

High-powered offense will be in full force in the Friday Night Football Louisiana Tech-Rice game, but the Owls hope they can do their part to keep up with Louisiana Tech if the game turns into a shootout.

Fox Sports 1 will nationally televise Louisiana Tech-Rice from Houston at 8 p.m. Eastern Friday in a Conference USA West Division showdown. A chance to remain in first place in the division will be on the line, as Louisiana Tech is 3-1 in CUSA play, while the Owls are 2-1.

Louisiana Tech will enter the FNF game having won four of its last five games, including a 45-16 victory last Saturday against Middle Tennessee State. The Bulldogs are just 1-3 on the road this season, but all three losses came against strong opponents, including a triple overtime loss at Kansas State and a 45-20 loss at Mississippi State.

Meanwhile the Owls offense hasnt quite been able to match what the Bulldogs consistently have done this season entering the Louisiana Tech-Rice contest, but theyve had some solid offensive outings. When the Owls have scored 27 or more points, theyre 4-1. But theyve also been held to 17 points in a blowout loss to undefeated Baylor and to 10 points in a blowout loss to Conference USA East Division leader Western Kentucky.

Rice has won close games in each of their past two contests, which may serve the team well in the FNF Louisiana Tech-Rice game. But critics will point to Rices anemic schedule to this point in building a 4-3 record as to why the Bulldogs deserved to be favored in the Louisiana Tech-Rice game. The four Rice wins this season have come against FCS-level Wagner, North Texas, Florida Atlantic, and Army, teams which are a combined 3-26 on the season.

Louisiana Tech also hasnt beaten an FBS-level team that currently has a winning record, and their five wins have come against teams with a 14-22 record. Louisiana Tech and Rice have one common opponent. The Bulldogs lost at Western Kentucky, 41-38, while Rice was blown out by the Hilltoppers in Houston, 49-10.

The Bulldogs lead the all-time Louisiana Tech-Rice series, 4-3, including winning two of the last three seasons when both teams became members of Conference USA. Last year at home, Louisiana Tech destroyed Rice, 76-31. But the last trip for the Bulldogs to Rice Stadium did not go their way, as Rice posted a blowout win, 52-14.