I hope they at least open it up in the first half. Looking at Rice's two games so far, it's hard to tell what their strengths and weaknesses are because they played a good team in Stanford and a terrible team in UTEP.
Against Stanford, Rice ran for 146 (3.8 avg) and passed for 94 (4.0 avg), and gave up 287 rushing (8.0 avg) and 369 passing (10.0 avg).
Against UTEP, Rice ran for 306 (6.2 avg) and passed for 131 (7.3 avg), and gave up 26 rushing (1.1 avg) and 203 passing (6.2 avg).
I'm guessing our team is somewhere between Stanford and UTEP, but obviously much closer to Stanford. What I gather from this is that our defense should be able to completely shut Rice down. Our weakness on D is against the pass and Rice couldn't even throw the ball against UTEP. Rice is heavily unbalanced in favor of the run and we all know how good we are against the run. On offense, Rice should give us a good opportunity to open up the passing game a bit. We shouldn't have any trouble running the ball, but even UTEP threw for 203 and 2 receptions over 40 yards. I'd like to see us air it out some this game and see what our receivers can do down field.