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HOUSTON (Sept. 22) – Hate to have to say so, but this one stacks up pretty much as a “must” game coming up for the Rice Owls.

The august, venerable Institute goes against a comparative upstart in the college football world when they take on the Florida International University Panthers in a 6:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday in Rice Stadium, the first of five home stanzas that the Owls  are slated to sing this year.
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University of Houston 38, Rice 3


WE SHOULDA' STOOD HOME -- Apropos of the evening's turn of events, Rice frosh quarterback Sam Glaesman coughs up the pill after scrambling for 14 yards and a first down; he also appeared to have been injured on the play (David Speed Elder photo)

HOUSTON (Sept. 16) -- Rice committed three costly early turnovers as the Owls fell, 38-3, at Houston in the return of the Bayou Bucket Saturday at TDECU Stadium.

Rice was effective on defense at the onset.  But after the teams traded punts to open the game, the Houston offense began to click, driving down the field in eight plays for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Continues....                    Box score, statistics....

 
Wint, Williams comprise 1-2 punch for FIU
(Miami Herald -- Sept. 22)
Rice secondary hopes to bounce back against FIU
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 22)

Panthers face third straight game on the road
(FIUSports.com -- Sept. 22)

Beschorner now calling plays at Rice
(Sioux City Journal -- Sept. 22)

FIU has offensive edge against Owls
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 22)
Can Butch Davis get FIU back on track?
(Miami Herald -- Aug. 29)

Andrew Sendejo:  watching like a hawk
(Vikings.com -- Sept. 21)

Owls to face LSU in Baton Rouge next November
(LSUSports.net -- Sept. 21)
For Rice, this game is about redemption
(FIUSports.com -- Sept. 21)
After Irma, FIU doesn't mind normal road trip
(FIUSports.com -- Sept. 20)

As injuries hit Rice backfield, Nahshon Ellerbe steps up
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 20)
Bayou Bucket exposes growing gap between Rice, UH
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 20)
Injuries mounting for Rice, including QB Sam Glaesman
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 19)

Rice puts last week behind it, focuses on FIU
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept.19)
Trio of FIU players making mark in record book
(Miami Herald -- Sept. 19)
Football takes a beating in Bayou Bucket
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 18)
Cougars extend Bucket win streak to four
(Sealy News -- Sept. 18)
Third ward keeps Bayou Bucket
(The Venture -- Sept. 18)
Owls open as three-point fave over FIU
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 18)

Cougars devour Owls 38-3 in Bucket showdown
(The Houston Press -- Sept. 17)
Cougars dominate on both sides of ball in win over Owls
(The Daily Cougar -- Sept. 17)
Cheta Ozougwu has lasting memories of Bucket win
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Sept. 16)
Rice offense struggles in loss to UH
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 16)
UH beats Rice in emotional Bayou Bucket showdown

(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 16)

UH claims Bayou Bucket for fourth consecutive time
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 16)

Houston beats Rice 38-3, scoring all points in first half
(Fox Sports -- Sept. 16)
Houston runs away from Rice, 38-3
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 16)
When it comes to Houston stars, Oliver second to none
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 16)
Rice-UH video lowlights
(AmericaAhleticConf -- Sept. 16)
Houston, Rice hold pregame moment of silence for Harvey victims
(ESPN -- Sept. 16)





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HOUSTON (Sept. 14) – So is a blowout loss in Game One to a big-name school on the road any indication of doom and gloom for the rest of the season?  Or is an impressive rebound win in Game Two any portention of impending success?


We checked, and the all-time record is, well, slightly instructive. The last time to the Owls got pummeled so badly in their season opener on the road was in 1996, when they lost 70-7 to none other than Ohio State, on the banks of the Olentangy. John Cooper really ran up the score that day. Jerk.

The next week, Rice came back home and knocked off Tulane, 21-14, with All-American running back Trevor Cobb, as a junior, racking up big yardage – as he did for the rest of the season.

There was still rough sledding from there, though, as the Owls next lost 34-7 at home to a tough Kansas State team, followed by a 45-17 thrashing at Air Force.

But after starting 1-3, the Feathered Flock went on a tear, winning six out of seven to finish 7-4, getting shut out of an expected Copper Bowl invitation only by a bit of last-minute skulduggery by the University of Utah. See, those days, there weren’t 70-odd bowl slots that had to be filled.

The moral of the story, if there is one, might be: don’t worry about the next game. Just get better, and let the season take care of itself.  There're plenty of bowl games to go around, these days.

And now, after a four-year hiatus, the boys from the ritzy side of South Main once again will take on their cross-town rival the University of Houston.
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Flashback:  You never forget your first time....


Rice 31, UTEP 14



Rice QB Sam Glaesmann here fakes out UTEP defender en route to second quarter touchdown; the redshirt freshman showed solid game management and elusive running ability behind hard-blocking Rice offense (David Speed Elder photo)


Owl 'road graders' did their job and more on the Sun Bowl turf in Rice's 31-14 win over UTEP (David Speed Elder photo)

EL PASO (Sept. 10) – It perhaps fell short of a perfect effort, but it surely was a game to build on.

The Rice Owls took to the Sun Bowl turf Saturday and proceeded to dominate the homestanding UTEP Miners from the opening kickoff, out-playing, out-hitting, out-blocking, out-tackling, out-running and out-catching the local boys, who looked dazed and confused, wondering what had hit them, as the waning seconds ticked off.

Continues....              Box score, statistics....


UH owns nation's longest home winning streak
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 16)
After Harvey, college football breathes life back into Houston
(ESPN -- Sept. 16)
Cougars more than three-touchdown favorite
(Houston Press -- Sept. 15)

Pressure defense Rice's goal against UH
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 14)
Revisiting the Bayou Bucket rivalry's memorable games
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 14)
Joyce is back at it with the Hot Tamales
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Sept. 14)
Archived David Bailiff Radio Show from UH week
(Rice Athletics Communications --  Sept. 14)
Rice quarterback sees big hurdle in UH's Ed Oliver
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 13)

Rivalry renewed:  Bayou Bucket preview
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 13)
Bucket returns after 5 years, rivalry continues
(The Daily Cougar -- Sept. 13)
Casey:  'I'm 100 per cent loyal to UH'
(UHCougars.com -- Sept. 13)
Familiar foe well-received by UH fans
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 13)
Cougars looking for a quick 2-0 start
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 13)
Applewhite era off to solid start
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 13)
Football runs wild in first win
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 13)
UH to wear 'Houston' patch on jerseys, tribute to storm victims
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 13)
Bayou Bucket trophy has interesting history
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 12)
Rice excited for return of Bayou Bucket game
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 12)
How will Houston fare against Rice?
(The Daily Cougar -- Sept. 12)
DB: 'We've got our hands full this week'
(Rice Sports Administration -- Sept. 12)
Bayou Bucket is all about bragging rights for UH, Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 11)
Rice first team in land to board plane, play game after 9-11
(ESPN.com/youtube -- Sept. 11)
Cougars win first game on road at Arizona
(The Daily Cougar -- Sept. 11)
How explosive will Owls be when Ed Oliver is on prowl?
(The Houston Press -- Sept. 11)

Rice shows expected improvement in win over UTEP
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 10)

Highlights, comments from Saturday's win over UTEP
(Rice Athletics Communication video -- Sept. 10)

Owls have cause for celebration after UTEP win
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Sept. 10)
Rice-UTEP photo gallery
(Rice Athletics Communicaitons -- Sept. 10)
Miners look lost after Rice debacle
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 10)

For Miners, beginning was bad, ending was worse
(El Paso Times -- Sept 10)
Early look at Houston's next opponent:  Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 10)
Miners must come together if they're going to build
(UTEP Miners Sports -- Sept. 9)

Glaesmann with 2 TDs helps Rice beat UTEP
(USA Today/AP -- Sept. 9)

UTEP fans not in forgiving mood after Rice flattens Miners
(KVIA7/Las Cruces-El Paso/with video -- Sept. 9)
Rice flies past floundering Miners
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 9)
Three plays that told story of UTEP loss to Rice
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 9)
Defense leads Rice over UTEP in first win of season
(Houston Chronicle/AP -- Sept. 9)

Rice runs over UTEP, 31-14
(Miner Rush -- Sept. 9)
Owls pound UTEP in lackluster conference start for Miners
(Texas HS Coach -- Sept. 9)
Rice spoils UTEP conference opener
(El Paso Herald-Post -- Sept. 9)

Miners woes continue as Rice dominates
(El Paso Herald-Post -- Sept. 9)
Kugler:  'We got beat soundly in all phases'
(El Paso Herald-Post -- Sept. 9)
UTEP injuries add insult to loss
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 9)

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HOUSTON (Sept. 6) -- The Rice Owls get to pick on an outfit that's a little more their size when they meet the UTEP Miners at the Sun Bowl in El Paso Saturday, a 7 pm kickoff (CST). But they once again hit the road having barely gotten their feet settled on home turf after Hurricane Harvey forced an additional week-long hiatus in Fort Worth upon Rice's return from the Land Down Under for game one with Stanford.

Just how much focus the Owls were in position to place on the practice field this week remains an open question. A dozen or more of the Rice players were displaced from their residences on account of hurricane damage. That would seem to suggest that they, as any rational mortal being would, must concentrate on survival before they turn to on-the-the-field self actualization.
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Stanford 62, Rice 7




Samuel Stewart paced Rice offensive effort with 71 yards rushing; the Owls' lone score came on 23-yard TD run by Austin Walter (Rice Athletics Communications)

HOUSTON (Aug. 27) – In retrospect – and granted, with benefit of hindsight – Rice’s 62-7 loss to Stanford in the now mercifully rear-view-mirrored Sidney Cup debacle raises a simple inescapable question: why?

International travel affording educational opportunity for the players, a decent paycheck for the business office, a chance to be showcased before not one football-loving nation, but two. All undeniable benefits.

But on the downside... Could it have been predicted that Stanford coach David Shaw would keep the pedal to the metal for an entire game given the opportunity to propel his Stanford team back into the national conversation?

Could it have been prognosticated that Rice would show such a shocking lack of preparedness from the game’s opening gun? Would one rightly have expected that ESPN announcers would react with the anticipated jocularity?

Was this a game simply to have been dismissed from the get-go as never having been even remotely attainable, to be written off as a mere class field trip with a paycheck tied to the end?

Or not?

Continues....      Box score, statistics....
Rice gets second chance for new start
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 8)
Glaesmann will start, Tyner to see snaps
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 8)

Football could serve as a welcome distraction
(Miner Rush -- Sept. 8)
UTEP tries to make a stand at home
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 8)
Rice gets reacquainted with Sun Bowl
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Sept. 8)

After record storm, Rice digs out, moves forward
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 7)
Both teams come in looking for answers
(Miner Rush -- Sept. 7)
Rice eyes bounceback after drubbing in opener
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 7)
David Bailiff radio show on demand, UTEP week
(Stretch Internet -- Sept. 7)
Rice players find flooded house, helping hands
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 6)
DB explains how Rice has dealt with unusual start to season
(Miner Rush -- Sept. 6)
Two teams looking for early-season positives square off
(Miner Rush -- Sept. 6)
12 Owl players lose everything during Harvey
(KTRK 13 Sports -- Sept. 5)
Rice football players pick up pieces after return to Houston
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 5)
Rice team came together to help those impacted by Harvey
(CBS Sports -- Sept. 5)
One area Miners can improve before facing Rice
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 5)

After rough opening week, Kugler, UTEP turn to Rice
(Texas HS Football -- Sept. 5)
Miners re-focus ahead of huge home game
(El Paso Proud -- Sept. 5)
Miners to battle Rice in football home opener
(El Paso Inc. -- Sept. 5)

UTEP hopes to set things right as Rice heads in
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 5)
Kugler: "They're sitting in the same boat as us"
(MinerRush.com -- Sept. 4)

UTEP will be without defensive leader in first half Saturday
(MinerRush.com -- Sept. 4)
UTEP opens as 3-point underdog
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 4)
Owls had no idea of what was to come
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 3)

What can UTEP do after blowout loss?
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 3)
No. 7 OU speeds past overmatched UTEP
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 2)
DB:  Owls'll be home Friday afternoon

(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Aug. 31)
Matiscik: 'Our house is done for'
(Fort Worth Star Telegram -- Aug. 31)

Owls find comforts of home in Fort Worth
(Ft. Worth Star-Telegram -- Aug. 30)
Harvey keeps Rice camped out on TCU campus
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 30)
DB talks about Fort Worth detour
(WBAP Radio -- Aug. 30)

Rice athletics on hold due to Harvey
(The Rice Thresher -- Aug.29
Patterson:  'People's lives are far more important'
(TCU DieHards -- Aug. 29)
DB: "We all want to be back in Houston. We just can't get there"
(U.S. News/AP -- Aug. 29)
Niners trade Vance Mac to Steelers
(Around the NFL -- Aug. 29)
After 5-year, $35M contract extension, Niners trade Mac
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Aug. 29)
Jordan Taylor to serve as Broncs' backup QB this week
(BroncosWire -- Aug. 29)
Patterson:  'No-brainer' to extend camp offer to Owls
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- Aug. 28)
Owl football team staying in Fort Worth
(Dallas Morning News -- Aug. 29)
Hurricane forces Rice temporary relocate to TCU
(CBS Sports -- Aug. 28)
Long return trip made harder by Harvey
(Houston Press -- Aug. 28)
Rice football team to work out at TCU
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 28)
UTEP offers help, facilities to flooded-out Owls
(El Paso Times -- Aug. 28)
SMU, Baylor offered helped to Owl football as well
(Dallas Morning News -- Aug. 28)

DB: 'We're a better team than we showed today'
(NCAA Sports -- Aug. 27)
Hopes for memorable international debut end early
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Aug. 27)
Stanford exposes holes in Rice's defense
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 27)
Stanford routs Rice 62-7 in game in Sydney
(Houston Chronicle/AP -- Aug. 27)
Stanford runs all over Rice to pick up big win in Australia
(NBC Sports -- Aug. 27)
Rice Owls hit by Stanford storm in Sydney Cup
(Sydney Morning Herald -- Aug. 27)
Rice gets crushed by Stanford
(Underdog Dynasty -- Aug. 27)
With score, Austin Walter salutes his late father
(The Daily Telegraph  -- Aug. 27)
Stanford, ranked 14th, routs Rice
(San Jose Mercury News -- Aug. 27)
Stanford came out with strong showing in lopsided victory
(Rule of Tree -- Aug. 27)
Love stars in No. 14 Stanford's win
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Aug. 27)
It wasn't even close
(Stanford Die-Hards -- Aug. 27)
Owls' message for Houston Hurricane victims
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Aug. 26)
Opener against Stanford provides glimpse into program's future
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 26)




Stanford's Christian McCaffrey has de-matriculated, but the Cardinal return 16 other starters from last season for Owls' season-opener in Sydney (Rice Athletics Communications)
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HOUSTON (Aug. 21) – OK, where is Kodiak Quick, now that we really need him?

As the Rice Owls, now safely ensconced on the other side of the world in Sydney, Australia, prepare for Saturday’s season-opening game there against Stanford, one wonders: what in the world have our scholars gotten themselves into? It’s an engaging trip; one they’ll always remember, but the immediate task at hand is majorly daunting.


The Institute Boys find themselves four-touchdown ‘dogs as they and their equally-scholarly opponent occupy all by their lonesomes the Saturday 9 pm (10 pm Eastern) broadcast slot; the game; which actually is slated to kick off at noon Sunday, Sydney time, will be carried on ESPN1.

The immediate game spotlight will focus on the teams’ respective quarterbacks. For starters, the Owls, it seems, have gotten themselves a brand new one.
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Owls the underdogs but won't be giving up against Stanford
(Sydney Daily Herald -- Aug. 26)
Rice players check on status of Hurricane Harvey
(Washington Post -- Aug. 26)
Underdog Owls take on Cardinal at Allianz
(Brisbane Courier-Mail -- Aug. 26)
Major keys:  Stanford-Rice
(Rule of Tree -- Aug. 26)
Stanford looks to start season with a bang
(The Stanford Daily -- Aug. 26)
Stanford defense will get early test
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Aug. 26)

College football comes back to Australia
(The Roar -- Aug. 26)
Stanford, Rice to showcase wild world of college football
(Sydney Daily Herald -- Aug. 25)
Rice looking to learn about its team against Stanford
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 25)
Owl players on Aussie "Late Show" 
(The Late Show video -- Aug. 25)
Hospitality done, it's nearly game time for Stanford-Rice
(USA Today -- Aug. 25)
DB on how Owls are handling news of Hurricane Harvey
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Aug. 25)
The business of bringing American college football to Sydney
(Financial Review -- Aug. 25)
Behind scenese of getting Stanford football 'Down Under'
(Palo Alto Online -- Aug. 25)
What Vegas, computers say about Stanford-Rice
(Rule of Tree -- Aug. 25)
Cardinal head Down Under for seasoner opener
(Golden Gate Sports -- Aug. 25)
Stanford begins life without running back McCaffrey
(USA Today -- Aug;. 24)
Rice will attempt to stun Stanford
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 24)
Stanford enters post-McCaffrey era with big shoes to fill
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Aug. 24)
Jess Neely held 3-1 edge over Stanford
(Rule of Tree -- Aug. 24)
Smart money takes Rice and points
(Bleacher Report -- Aug. 24)
McCaffrey not back, but Coach Shaw is
(Rule of Tree -- Aug. 24)
Keller Chryst's play to be key
(Saturday Blitz -- Aug. 24)
Stanford far from home in season opener
(San Jose Mercury News -- Aug. 24)
Full English greets Owls as breakfast fare
(Rice Sports Communications video -- Aug. 24)
Beehive of activity at Rice training site
(Rice Sports Communications video -- Aug. 24)
Key duo back for Stanford to take on Rice
(Sydney Morning Herald -- Aug. 23)
Behind enemy lines:  Previewing Stanford-Rice with The Rice Thresher
(The Stanford Daily -- Aug. 23)
Rice's new quarterback tries to stay relaxed
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 23)
Cardinal priorities:  see kangaroos, beat Rice
(Athlon Sports -- Aug. 23)
Work, play, more work for Owls
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Aug. 23)

Owls woke up Wednesday relaxed and ready to go
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Aug. 23)
Christian Covington doesn't want to let Texans defense down
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 22)

Behind enemy lines: Previewing Rice-Stanford with The Stanford Daily
(The Rice Thresher -- Aug. 22)
Owls out to prove last season was a fluke
(The Rice Thresher -- Aug. 22)
Shaw:  Replacing McCaffrey a team effort
(Fox Sports -- Aug. 22)
Stanford a big favorite in season opener
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Aug. 22)
Owls are getting down to business in Sydney
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Aug. 22)

No such thing as 'too much football'
(Nine News Sydney video -- Aug. 22)
Rice, Stanford settle in sun-soaked Sydney
(Sydney Morning Herald -- Aug. 22)
No rest for jet-lagged Rice, straight to practice Down Under
(Fox Sports -- Aug. 22)
Owl team taking in sights in Australia
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 22)
Stanford's Bryce Love ready to rumble against Rice
(Sydney Daily Telegraph -- Aug. 22)
Stanford week David Bailiff radio show
(Rice IMG Sports Network audio -- Aug. 21)
Stanford one of the most stable programs in country
(Lindy's/The Sports Xchange -- Aug. 21)
Vegas has Cardinal a lofty 31-point favorite
(Lindy's/The Sports Xchange -- Aug. 21)
Rice's best-case scenario is being average
(Deadspin.com -- Aug. 21)

Stars gone but Stanford set to roll on
(Lindy's/The Sports Xchange -- Aug. 21)
Stanford opens against Rice as huge favorite
(Sports Chat Place -- Aug. 21)
For Owl players, 24-7 dining buffets
(Sydney Daily Telegraph -- Aug. 21)
In Sydney, Rice-Stanford vies with "Fight of the Century"
(Sydney Daily Telegraph -- Aug. 21)
Stanford to field top-notch special teams again this season
(Stanford Daily -- Aug. 21)
Rice-Stanford game promises to be 'awful'
(Good Bull Hunting -- Aug. 21)
Stanford coach says game like bowl game for Cardinal
(Sydney Daily Telegraph -- Aug. 20)

Rice's Calvin Anderson needs less than 20 seconds to solve Rubik's Cube
(Sydney Daily Telegraph -- Aug. 20)

How Rice is preparing for trip to Australia
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 19)
Owls load up for trip Down Under
(RiceOwls.com video -- Aug. 19)
Australia journey like a bowl game for Bailiff's team
(Houston  Chronicle -- Aug. 19)
Stanford eager to open against Rice in Australia
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 19)
Sam Glaesman, Coach Beschorner on starting QB job
(RiceOwls.com video -- Aug. 19)
Glaesman elevated to Rice QB No. 1
(Underdog Dynasty -- Aug. 18)
Granato already at practice at Mizzou State
(Springfield News-Leader --  Aug. 18)
The hole that's bigger than the one Christian McCaffery left
(San Jose Mercury-News -- Aug. 18)
Stanford gets 16 starters back in '17
(Maddux Sports -- Aug. 17)





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Rice OC Billy Lynch takes his turn at the podium at Rice's Media Day (PTH photo)
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HOUSTON (Aug. 3) – Coaches and players alike said things were looking up, as far as prospects for the coming season go – or so they annunciated at Thursday's annual Media Day Rice football confab held at the Patterson Center at Rice Stadium.


So the 64-dollar question is, are they staring at an 800-pound safe somebody is just tossed out of a ten-story window, hurtling right down at the heads of coach David Bailiff’s beleaguered flock?

Pick your avoirdupois. A Top-15 Stanford team looms in the season opener, in a game to be played in Sydney, Australia, 8,000 miles away from South Main. All four of the Owls’ nonconference bouts will be against teams who paid visits to bowl games last year. And the Western Division of Conference USA still features the same kind of offensive firepower that has always given the Owl defense fits every year, year in and year out, even in the 2013 championship season. Ouch.

But that’s putting the cart before the horse. What matters now, it seems,  is unity, camaraderie, spirit, hustle, determination. This Rice squad features all that kind of stuff, head coach David Bailiff said Thursday.

“The first five days of camp have been incredible,” he insisted. “The retention that these young men have and the job our strength staff did this summer; they are in great shape. We’re motoring through the days, motoring through the practice. We have extremely high expectations.”

Rice’s head man, now entering the eleventh year of his coaching reign, says this particular squad has turned out to be fun one to coach. “I really have enjoyed this football team. They have gone to work. They are an older bunch. There’s been great chemistry, there’s great effort and a lot of enthusiasm. The new coaches have really worked in well. More of the players are able to get in and get in extra film and work. There’s just a sense of enthusiasm with this football team and this coaching staff. We want to get back to our winning ways. I think we’re going to do that this year.”

Coach Bailiff, plus his offensive coordinator, Billy Lynch, his new DC, Brian Stewart, and long-time assistant head coach Darrell Patterson all spoke to press over lunch Thursday, after which time a number of veteran Owl players also turned up for interviews.

We’ll present videos of our interviews with all of those Owls, plus coaches’ videos, over the coming few days. Coverage of fall two-a-days will be limited: at least for once, lowering the curtain over Rice Stadium August activities makes just a whole lot of sense, with a new defensive set being installed featuring the three-man front, and a wide open battle for the the quarterback spot.

--PTH


Stanford, Rice to kick off NCAA season Down Under
(Huffington Post -- Aug. 16)
C-USA season begins with some wacky road trips
(Washington Post -- Aug. 16)
US football returns Down Under for second straight year
(Gillette News-Record/AP -- Aug. 16)
Rice's Granato transferring to Missouri State
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 16)
Calderon the 'total package' for Rice
(Texas Red Zone Report -- Aug. 16)
Clement to be honored at 2017 Texas Bowl
(Best College Sports -- Aug. 16)
Report: Glaesman to start, Granato will transfer
(Houston Chronicle Rice twitter -- Aug. 15)
Owls pick up coping skills, info on Aussieland
(RiceOwls.com video -- Aug. 15)
College football's opening weekend owes us more
(CampusPressBox.com -- Aug. 15)
Boring video of Stanford fan event with monotonous audio
(Stanford Bleacher Report -- Aug. 15)
Stanford prepping for game with Rice in Sydney
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Aug. 14)
A look back at Saturday's Fan Fest
(RiceOwls.com video -- Aug. 14)
Owls add Prairie View to 2018 schedule
(FootballSchedules.com -- Aug. 13)
Second scrimmage video highlights
(RiceOwls.com video -- Aug. 13)
For Stanford this season, secondary depth is key
(San Jose Mercury-News -- Aug. 11)

1994 Longhorn season featured a certain, er, lowlight
(Austin American-Statesman -- Aug. 11)
Darik Dillard: 'I learned the power of surrender"
(RiceOwls.com blog -- Aug. 11)
Big Frank on Preston Gordon's potential for this season
(RiceOwls.com video -- Aug. 11)
V.J. Banks on fall camp thus far
(RiceOwls.com video -- Aug. 10)

Running backs coach Steward on Sam Stewart
(RiceOwls.com video -- Aug. 9)
Rice making changes to kick-start program
(El Paso Times -- Aug. 9)
'A lot of work done' at first fall scrimmage
(RiceOwls.com video -- Aug. 8)
Vikings settled at safety with Rice's Sendejo
(Bismark Tribune/AP -- Aug. 7)
Cole Thomas happy to answer to 'grandpa'
(RiceOwls.com video -- Aug. 7)
Rice season preview:  changing everything
(SWC Roundup -- Aug. 4)

DB details summer recruiting surge
(TexasHSFootball.com -- Aug. 3)
Six Aussie punters already have contacted Coach Bailiff
(CBS Sports -- Aug. 4)
DB picking brain of Sonny Dykes re Aussie trip
(Houston Press -- Aug. 4)
Rice still has open competition at quarterback
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 3)
Rice transforming its defense
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 3)
Owls hold Media Day before opener in Australia
(KPRC Houston -- Aug. 3)
Rice to start season healthier, but still adjusting to changes
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 3)
'When Wayne wins a championship, every year we get a commitment'
(TexasHSFootball.com -- Aug. 1)
Rice has QB, defensive issues to resolve
(Bastrop Daily Enterprise -- July 29)
Rice fall camp gets underway before most NFL teams report
(Underdog Dynasty -- July 25)
Breaking down Rice's 3-4 defense
(SWC Roundup -- July 25)
Rice picked fifth in C-USA West
(Houston Chronicle -- July 25)
Stanford opens with what looks to be a really bad Rice team
(RuleofTree -- July 26)
Ultimately, does it really matter who starts aainst Rice?
(RuleofTree -- July 25)
Rice begins search for answers in program's earliest fall start
(Houston Chronicle -- July 25)
Rice preps for Stanford Down Under
(SWC Roundup -- July 24)
Coach Kubiak pays visit to Rice practice
(CBS Denver -- July 24)
Owls said Pitt's second-easiest opponent
(Athlon Sports -- July 24)
DB radio talk, focus on recruiting, social media
(SB Nation Radio -- July 21)
Ellerbee, Martin nab preseason league honors
(Houston Chronicle -- July 17)
Rice has long road back to winning ways
(Houston Chronicle -- July 17)
Owls said Stanford's easiest opponent
(Athlon Sports -- July 13)
102 years ago, it was Rice 6, LSU 0
(New Orleans Times-Picayune -- July 6)
New-look Owls will struggle to fly in 2017
(TexasHSFootball.com -- June 20)
Rice unexpectedly soaring to top of C-USA recruit rankings
(Underdog Dynasty -- June 17)














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FIU week
Brian Womac
'Our team responds well to adversity; so following adversity faced at UH, I'm looking forward to coming back to conference, seeing what we can do'
Jack Fox
'We're lucky that we've got some good leadership on this team, especially Trey Martin and Emmanuel Ellerbee; they've done a good job of keeping our spirits up'
Coach Bailiff
'You can't play good football teams and have turnovers, and we didn't have any takeaways defensively, and we've got to change that'
UH postgame
Coach Bailiff
'Last week at El Paso, we learned how to  play physical; how to play football with a chip on our shoulder; we didn't do that this week'
Austin Walter
'We have to do things to help the defense out;  we didn't execute; we let the team down.  I put that on me personally'
Emmanuel Ellerbee
'They tempo'ed us; we can't let that happen; they wanted to see what they could get us in by spreading us out, to man up'
UH week
Trey Martin
"Everyone in the locker room's excited; for city bragging rights, playing against guys you played in high school, everyone's being from the same area..."
Graysen Schantz
"We bounced back; we played tough and resilient; we really had a point to prove. We're just carrying that momentum into the next week"
Coach Bailiff
“The Bayou Bucket is back. I’m thrilled that the game is back. I think it’s great for both universities. I think it’s great for the City of Houston"
UTEP postgame
Sam Glaesmann
'Coach Lynch just told me we had 49 rushes and 18 passes; if you can establish a running game like that, the passing will open up'
Coach Bailiff
'They were going to need to turn into men sooner than they'd had to; they had to learn to compartmentalize'
Nahshon Ellerbe
'We go in with the mindset of focusing on us; what we need to do to execute; they need to be nameless and faceless; it doesn't matter who we play'
Blain Padgett
'We knew we had to come in here and be the more physical team; we needed to come in and have fun -- and that's what we did'
UTEP week
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Coach Bailiff
'They just had anxiety. The people of Houston who were here were living it... We have kids right now who are displaced '
Samuel Stewart
'That's not the football team we're trying to be this season.  We're going to make corrections; we're going to try and get better'
Emmanuel Ellerbee
'We have guys who have been bunking up with others... losing a home is a very challenging thing'
Media Day highlights
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Trey Martin
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I think the rushing attack will definitely improve; the competition's being at the highest level is something I definitely prefer'
Blain Padgett
'Inside, things happen a lot faster...I'm going to take advantage of being quicker than a lot of those guys on the inside'
Cole Thomas
'Football's still football, but getting a new schme and just a lot of new energy has been a good experience"
Peter Godber
'This season, the offense is on us (OL) ...if we don't do well, the offense isn't going to do well. We've played together for two or three years now'
Emmanuel Ellerbee
'I think I've become better as a football player this year because I've been able to recognize things a lot faster and react'
J. T. Granato
 'I've been OK-- but no one wants to be average.  Every day is a chance to improve; every day is a chance to get better...'
Graysen Schantz
'Coach Stewart's brought in a lot of new energy; he's got us all pumped up about it...I wantto create turnovers; I want to get after the quarterback'
Calvin Anderson
'The good thing about our experiences is that we're evenly equipped to both pass block and run block'

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