State of the Season: Rice

We're just over halfway through the season, and it's probably a good time to take a look at how the Owls have fared through seven games. 

The Road so far

The road has been long and full of peril for your Rice Owls. The Owls traveled to Australia, providing the ass, in the ass kicking that took place. The game was almost an international incident. Rice followed that up with an extended stay in Fort Worth as Hurricane Harvey did its thing. Rice then traveled to UTEP and their only win. 

The Owls lost Bayou Bucket to Houston then lost a close one to FIU, then blowouts at the hands of Pitt and Army. Last week the Owls played UTSA tough on the road, but once again their offense let them down. 1-6 isn't the way Rice envisioned the season turning out, certainly David Bailiff needed more through the first seven games. 

The Road Ahead

Sam Glaesmann

Sam Glaesmann

Rice has a couple of winnable games, but they'll have to win on the road. The Owls travel to UAB, though the Blazers are well ahead of schedule on their reboot. Rice heads to Old Dominion in a few weeks for another evenly matched contest. Around and between those two games comes home dates with Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, and North Texas. Those three are all in the middle of a contested race for the top of CUSA West.

Three wins in 2017 might be optimistic. 

11 points a game

In today's college football scoring eleven points a game gets you beat every time. Only Kent State averages fewer points per game. In the Owls six losses, they average 7 points a game. Billy Lynch's new offense fails to establish an identity, something the Owls do well and consistently. After seven games we still have no idea what Rice wants to do offensively. 

The Owls are 124th in total offense among FBS schools, they've given their opponents a free pass when Rice has the football. 

First Half MVP

Brian Womac

Brian Womac

Brian Womac has been by far the most disruptive Owl defender. Womac is fourth in the NCAA in sacks with eight, sixth in tackles for loss, and fourth on the  Owls in tackles. His thirteen tackles for loss lead every other Rice defender by nine. When you look up the definition of high motor guy, Womac's picture should be there. He never takes a down off and played well against a couple of NFL caliber tackles in Brian O'Neill from Pitt and A.T. Hall from Stanford. 

Key Stat

Rice quarterbacks completed 47.8% of their pass attempts through the first seven games. 

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Posted on October 23, 2017 and filed under Rice.