Not sure you could call Texas vs. Rice an all-new competition when they meet Saturday in Houston. I mean, they are both in Texas, but the Owls haven’t won a match in the show since 1994 at Rice Stadium. How long ago was that? ESPN was desperate to broadcast to a Sunday since the MLB season was canceled due to the players’ strike, so Texas-Rice was transferred to Sunday.
Texas has obtained the 13 overall and leads the string 72-21-1, 23-13-1 at Houston, 3-0 at NRG Stadium. They were both in the Southwest Conference before that was dissolved in May 1996. Obviously, Texas is in Rice at Conference USA and the Big 12. The meeting was in 2015.
Rice just isn’t a app with only 11 wins since 2015. They were 1-11 at David Bailiff’s last period in 2017 and”enhanced” to 2-11 final year under first-year coach Mike Bloomgren. Because is allowed to for financial 24, the sole reason that Rice got to play with 13 games was. The Owls’ wins last year have been Prairie View A&M (hardly ) and Old Dominion.
The Owls and Week 1 at a 14-7 loss at a great Army team played pretty well but then fell 41-21 last week against Wake Forest, this year. Starting quarterback Wiley Green left that one with a injury which had him carted off and delivered to the hospital. All evaluations were negative about the redshirt freshman. I tend to doubt that he plays here, however. Senior Tom Stewart appears likely to start. The Harvard move was 19-for-30 for 185 yards and a touchdown instead of Green vs. Wake Forest.
Maybe Stewart will enhance an offense that ranks 120th in yards per game (282.0), 118th in scoring (14.0) and 113th in passing (158.0). Rice is not much better for defense, standing 128th in pass performance D and 118th from the rush.
Rice is 3-6 all-time playing NRG Stadium; it usually plays on campus. The Owls have not beaten a ranked team since Nov. 11, 1997, vs. No. 21 BYU.
Texas fans are surely bummed their staff dropped 45-38 in the home to LSU last week at the initial and still only Best 10 matchup of the season, however, UT is still in fine shape to generate the College Football Playoff if it ends up, for instance, Big 12 title game. Every year but one has won the title. No group has reached the playoff. Nine of Texas’ 11 declines beneath Tom Herman have come by 10 points or fewer.
Junior Sam Ehlinger has turned into one of the better quarterbacks of the country. He torched a LSU defense for 401 yards and four touchdowns a week when rushing to get a fifth rating. It was just the sixth passing match in Texas history and the first since Colt McCoy vs UCF in 2009. Ehlinger the best grossing because McCoy of UT tied his career with all the five total TDs. 31 touchdowns have thrown over his last 15 games to just 3 interceptions. Texas is currently 11-4 in that span, including 5 wins over ranked teams.
One injury note from this LSU reduction was that nickel cornerback BJ Foster hurt his hamstring and will miss. He started six games as a freshman in 2018, recording 45 tackles, including nine for a loss and 2.5 sacks, to go with the interception.
It not a matter of whether Texas wins . I tend to think that the Horns may be somewhat flat in their “road” game of this year and observing that close call vs. LSU. In addition, UT opens Big 12 play next week with a much tougher challenge . Oklahoma State.
Totally free NCAAF Choose: Rice +32.5 (-112) at Pinnacle

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