Mid-Season Report: Rice

Seven games in the Owls are 4-3. Right where David Bailiff wants to be. The meaty part of the curve. 

How about the rest of the way?

FIRST HALF MVP: Driphus Jackson

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Two years ago we thought Driphus Jackson was the worst FBS quarterback in Texas. Looking back, we were fairly short sited. This season further validates that Jackson is more than serviceable under center.

He's completed 62% of his passes with 11 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. As he goes the Owls go. 

BEST WIN: Florida Atlantic

Yep, Florida Atlantic isn't good. But this was a do or die moment for the Owl's season. The Owls scored 14 unanswered to beat FAU in Boca Raton. A loss to FAU would have put the behind the eight ball for the rest of 2015. Instead the win gave Rice a springboard into the latter half of their schedule.  

WORST LOSS: Western Kentucky

The Hilltoppers are the class of CUSA East. The best offense in the league this year. LSU had to pull away from Western Kentucky in the second half. The Toppers other loss was to Indiana by three. The reason we bring it up is because this wasn't a game Rice should've won, but a 39 point loss at home isn't a good look. 

If there is a theme of the Round-Up it's that in your conference you're either moving past people or losing ground. Rice couldn't afford to lose that much ground within the conference. 

WHAT NOW:

Five games remain. Tonight's Louisiana Tech game looms large. Tech are leading the western half of CUSA along with Southern Miss, who the Owls host in two weeks. In between it's UTEP in El Paso. Then it's UTSA and UNC Charlotte to finish out. Another bowl season would be big for Rice. We're betting they can squeeze 2-3 more wins out to get there. 

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Posted on October 30, 2015 .