The Rice Owls are coming off a great season last year where they finished 10-4 and won the Conference USA Championship. Unfortunately they ran into Mississippi State in the Liberty Bowl and ended their season on a tough loss. But David Bailiff hopes to reload this season and get back to the Conference championship and win their bowl game this year. But they have some work to do to get there…
Rice will have a very tough beginning to the season with road games at Notre Dame and Texas A&M, but then they get Old Dominion at home to hopefully get back on the winning track before the conference schedule starts. The toughest games in conference will probably be Southern Miss, Marshall and Louisiana Tech on the road. While they look to get some of the tougher teams at home, they do have to travel to West point and play Army on the road also.
It is safe to say the Owls will be looking at an 0-2 start to the year, so they will have to turn it around quick to be able to reach their full potential. Breaking the schedule down and taking into account the toughness of some road games, this team could be an eight win team this year, and that could be better if they are able to win some of the tougher games.
If Rice was able to steal a win from the first two games of the year, it would go a long way in making their season even better than I have guessed. An eight win season will be close to getting them back into contention for a conference title and probably help them find another solid bowl game, which goes a long way into helping build a winning program.
8/30- @Notre Dame
9/13- @Texas A&M
9/20- Old Dominion
9/27- @S. Miss
10/25- North Texas
11/1- @Fla International
11/29- @Louisiana Tech
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