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Doc Hancock’s Grand Tour Of C-USA: Rice Owls

Posted by Ryne E. Hancock on August 5, 2008

Rice Owls

Head Coach: David Baliff (3-9 in 1 year at Rice, 24-24 overall)

Stadium: Rice Stadium (70,000)

2007 Record: 3-9, (3-5 C-USA West)

Postseason: None

Key Returnees On Offense: QB Chase Clement, WRs Jarrett Dillard, Tommy Henderson, Toren Dixon, TE Taylor Wardlow

Key Returnees On Defense: CB Brandon King, DEs Cheta Ozougwu and Scott Solomon, FS Andrew Sendejo

The Skinny: After returning to a bowl for the first time in 46 years, Rice fell on hard times in 2007, going 3-5 in conference play and 3-9 overall. Of course, Rice was marred by countless injuries in David Baliff’s first season but showed glimmers of hope on October 3rd when they defeated Southern Miss in Hattiesburg and gave Tulsa a scare in the final game of the 2007 season at home. With senior QB Chase Clement returning to Houston for his senior year after throwing for 3,377 yards and 29 touchdowns and a talented trio of receivers in Dillard, Henderson, and Dixon, the offense should be again a talented unit should they not be beset by injuries.

On defense, the Owls will have Scott Solomon returning after leading the team in sacks with 4.5 and Sendejo who had 5 interceptions to lead the team. Expect leadership to come from the upperclassmen as the Owls look to regroup from a disappointing season in Houston.

Doc’s Prediction: There should be no excuse for the Owls to have the kind of season they had in 2007 although the team had a large number of injuries that doomed their campaign and they really did not have any solid backups to plug into the gaping holes on both sides of the ball. With road games against Memphis, Vanderbilt, Texas, and Tulsa, plus the season-ending showdown with crosstown rival Houston, there’s no such thing as winnable games for the Owls.

Projected Record: 5-7 (4-4 C-USA West)

2008 Rice Owls:

August 29th-SMU

September 6th-@ Memphis

September 13th-@ Vanderbilt

September 20th-@ Texas

September 27th-North Texas

October 4th-@ Tulsa

October 18th-Southern Mississippi

October 25th-@ Tulane

November 1st-@ UTEP

November 8th-Army

November 22nd-Marshall

November 29th-Houston

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One Response to “Doc Hancock’s Grand Tour Of C-USA: Rice Owls”

  1. Matt said

    I’m thinking the girl on the top left should win the conference…hands down.

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