JT Daniels, Top Rice vs. South Florida Players to Watch – Week 4

Written By PlayPicks Staff on September 18, 2023

At 4:00 PM ET on Saturday, the Rice Owls (2-1) play at the South Florida Bulls (1-2).

The Owls won 59-7 last time out when they met the Texas Southern Tigers. The Bulls came up short in their last outing by a final score of 41-24 against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

Last time out for the Owls, JT Daniels finished with 11 completions on 17 attempts (64.7%) for 255 yards, tossing four touchdowns. Dean Connors carried the ball eight times for 66 yards and one touchdown. Kobie Campbell hauled in one pass for 70 yards with one touchdown.

In the Bulls’ last game, Byrum Brown threw for 87 yards on 14-28 passing (50.0%) while throwing one interception, plus 23 rushing attempts for 92 yards. Nay’Quan Wright rushed for 62 yards on 15 attempts. Sean Atkins gained 42 yards on six receptions.

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Rice Players to Watch

  • Daniels leads the team with 805 passing yards (268.3 yards per game) and has a 62.4% completion percentage this year (53-of-85) while throwing eight touchdowns with three interceptions.
  • Connors has rushed for a team-high 137 yards on 24 carries (45.7 yards per game) and one touchdown. He also has 96 receiving yards on 10 catches (32.0 yards per game) .
  • So far this year Juma Otoviano has run for 53 yards on 26 carries (17.7 ypg). Otoviano also makes an impact in the passing game, catching two passes for 48 yards (16.0 ypg).
  • Luke McCaffrey has 11 catches, leading his team with 171 yards (57.0 ypg) while also scoring four touchdowns this season.
  • Braylen Walker’s stat line this year shows seven catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns. He puts up 50.3 receiving yards per game.
  • Campbell is averaging 34.3 yards per game, racking up four receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown.

South Florida Players to Watch

  • Brown has thrown for 450 yards while completing 51% of his passes (49-of-96), with four touchdowns and three interceptions this year (150.0 yards per game). He’s also carried the ball 65 times for 275 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 91.7 yards per game.
  • Wright has run for 210 yards on 41 carries (70.0 yards per game) this year.
  • This season Atkins has 16 catches and leads the team with 142 yards (47.3 per game).
  • Khafre Brown has also tacked on six receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Naiem Simmons has totaled 85 yards on seven receptions with one touchdown, averaging 28.3 yards per game.

Rice vs. South Florida Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Rice -2.5 -110 -110 57 -110 -110

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Team Stat Comparison

Rice South Florida
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 37.3 (45) 21.7 (106)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 28.3 (87) 27.3 (84)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 5 (77) 5 (77)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 3 (84) 6 (23)

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