Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
The 2015 Rice Owls return Conference-USA most efficient passer. Ten starters return from a squad that finished in a second-place tie in the division. The Owls culminated the season with a 30-6 Hawaii Bowl victory over Fresno State. Head Coach David Bailiff enters his ninth season; the last three have been the most efficient in school history. Rice is also looking for their fourth consecutive postseason appearance in 2015. The Rice Owls plays home games at the 47,000 seat Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas.
The 2015 Rice Owls are going to led by a proven commodity under center. Senior signal caller Driphus Jackson (2,842) passing yards last season can also create with his legs. Running back Jowan Davis (956 yards) on the ground in 2014 will be the main weapon in the rushing attack. Darik Dillard (12) touchdowns last season is also back. The Owls must replace two starters at the wideout position, Dennis Parks is the leading candidate. Right, tackle Caleb Williams and guard Andrew Reue are the only returnees on the offensive line. Offensive coordinators Larry Edmondson and Billy Lynch have to devise schemes to protect Jackson’s blind side. The Rice Owls went 9-4 on NCAA Football ATS Picks last season, going over the betting odds total seven times and staying under the betting odds total six.
*Rice was 68th nationally on offense, putting up 399.4 yards per game.
*The Owls were 5-1 Against The Point Spread in Houston.
*Rice was 4-3 Against The Spread on the road last season.
*The betting odds over total came in two times at Rice Stadium.
*The Owls went over the betting odds over the total five times on the road.
*Rice stayed under the betting odds total twice on the road.
*The 231.5 yards per contest through the air was 63rd in the land.
*The 28.8 ppg ranked 66th in the FBS.
*The Owls running game gained 167.9 yards per contest, 59th in the NCAA Football landscape.
Rice defensive coordinator Chris Thurmond has his work cut out in 2015. Only three starters are back. Linebacker Alex Lyons, cornerback Ryan Pollard, and defensive lineman Ross Winship must become unit leaders. To make things worst the Rice defense allowed opponents 40-points or more four times in 2014. That was with experience on the defense. The Rice Owls football program hasn’t been known for their defense, and there may be games with high scores in 2015.
*The 387.2 yards per contest allowed by the Rice defense was 55th nationally.
*The pass defense was the weak link, giving up an average of 233.4 yards per game, 79th in the nation.
*Rice ranked 82nd in the land, giving up 28.5 ppg.
*The Owls defense gave up 153.8 yards per game running the football, 79th in all of College Football.
*UTEP plays a brutal non-conference schedule. With road games at Texas and Baylor of the Big-Twelve, conference.
Bovada lists Rice at over/under seven and, a half wins in 2015.
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