Two talented Group of Five programs are set to face off in the First Responder Bowl.
Texas State ended the regular season with a 7-5 overall record, including a season-opening victory over Baylor. Meanwhile, Rice ended up 6-6 overall after winning its last two games against AAC squads.
Now the two teams will take the field in the First Responder Bowl. Here’s more info about the contest.
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First Responder Bowl Betting Odds
Texas State is a -3.5 college football betting odds favorite against Rice, with the Over/Under being 59.5.
The moneyline for Texas State is -165, while it’s +140 for Rice.
First Responder Bowl On TV
The First Responder Bowl matchup between Texas State and Rice will be televised on ESPN.
The game will take place at 5:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas.
Texas State vs. Rice Prediction
I’m picking Texas State to win and cover the spread at -3.5. I also am predicting the game will go Over 59.5 total points.
I anticipate Texas State’s offense will dominate in this matchup. The Bobcats were in the top 20 in the FBS with 36 points per game scored. Even if they lose, I don’t think they’ll struggle scoring in this clash.
But I don’t expect them to lose. Even if Rice is capable of making this a high-scoring battle, the Bobcats are comfortable in those types of games.
Three of Texas State’s last four games have featured 61 or more points.
Yes, Texas State struggled a bit against Sun Belt teams after starting the year 4-1 overall. But after beating South Alabama 52-44 in their regular season finale, I believe the Bobcats will thrive in the First Responder Bowl with a few weeks of preparation.