Rice Owls Football Season Preview History
2011 Rice Football Preview:
It’s been three years since Rice last made it to a bowl game, and the Owls have only managed to win six games over the last two seasons. However, with an impressive 17 starters returning, head coach David Bailiff may be able to lead his team back to the postseason.
Taylor McHargue will be back under center for Rice after his 2010 campaign was limited due to injury. He will definitely be helped by the fact that his main target, tight end Luke Wilson, will be back. Though he is able to lead the way, the strength of the Owl offense lies in its ability to run the ball. This year, the duty will be split between former Michigan running back Sam McGuffie and sophomore Jeremy Eddington.
As for the defense, the Owls will have to improve. They allowed an unacceptable 38.5 points per game last year, but with eight starters back they may be able to drastically reduce that number. Seniors tackles John Gioffre and Michael Smith will lead the way on the defensive line, and safeties Travis Bradshaw and Corey Frazier will look to shore up a secondary that was prone to giving up the big play last year.
2010 Rice Football Preview:
True fans stand by their team - win or lose. While long-time fans of the Rice Owls football team have proven this motto of the faithful fanatic, they may have reason to believe in a winning season entering 2010.
Recent progress under coach David Bailiff brought the Owls their first bowl game victory since the 1949 season in the 2008 Texas Bowl. Though the team only went 2-6 in Conference USA West last year, there's reason to believe that a little experience and surviving a few tough losses could help right the ship. Quarterback Nick Fanuzzi will be returning after a season in which he threw 11 touchdown passes, and he'll be helped by goal line running back Charles Ross, who contributed 11 scores of his own last year.
The 2010 season opener, at home against Texas, will draw attention from the whole nation, as well as fans of the Owls. The two teams have developed a heated rivalry, despite the fact that the much larger Texas school strung 28 consecutive victories against Rice at one point.
On October 16th, Rice also plays their cross-town rivals, the Houston Cougars, at home for the traditional Bayou Bucket.
2009 Rice Football Preview:
Head Coach: David Bailiff
Things are looking very positive for the Rice Owls heading into the 2009 season. Head Coach David Bailiff enters his 3rd season for the Owls and hopes to improve upon their stunning 10-3 record from 2008. The Owls not only finished 7-1 in their conference, but they won the Texas Bowl. Bailiff has been recruiting lots of Lone Star State talent into the Rice program, which should make the Owls a team to contend with for years to come.
2008 Rice Football Preview:
Head Coach: David Bailiff
The Rice Owls football program manages to combine a school known for academic excellence and high graduation rates among its athletes with toughness on the field that no opponents can ignore. Head coach David Bailiff will look to lead Rice up the Conference USA Standings this next season on their way to their first conference championship in Owls history. Historic Rice Stadium will rock this season as the Owls prove to the rest of the conference that they will have to be taken seriously by all.