Opponent Watch 2018: Rice

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Here’s what I got out of that. Cougars who gripe continually about our scheduling need to support the Rice Solution. Seriously raise the academic standards for all sports, then Texas, ND et al will be happy to schedule us.

you mean of course to go 1-11 and be a hopeless patsy, and play whenever and where ever they tell you…and THEN they will play us…Texas and LSU dont care about Rice’s academic standards, they care about getting an easy win over an old rival that is only a shadow of who they used to be…

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Outlook: It’s hard to imagine Rice will be able avoid a fourth consecutive losing season. School leaders were patient with Bailiff, giving him 11 seasons to run the program. Bloomgren will likely need at least a few seasons to implement his changes and show what he can do leading the Owls.

“I’m happy that we’re making progress,” Bloomgren told the Houston Chronicle after the Owls’ spring game. “We’re not where we need to be, but thank God we’re not where we used to be.

“I think that’s going to be our line for a while now.”

if the grad transfer from Vandy or Jackson Tyner is a decent fit for the system I think they could go 3-9, which would be a MASSIVE endorsement of Bloomgren and his staff. For Rice it’s a pretty darn good staff, he has 2 former HCs as coordinators and among the other assistants a decent mix of guys with TX ties or guys who coached at “disadvantaged” programs.

Their defense will likely be awful though, so that’ll be a nice soft opening week landing for the new Cougar offense.

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Hope it is softer than the Texas St and UTSA home openers.


Thankfully we’re at Rice for that one! And we’re not opening a new stadium, so that should give us an edge too :joy:


Rice is a hard place to win. Bailiff was able to do it more frequently than anyone since Jess Neely. Bloomgren has a chance to put his stamp on the program, but it may take time to start seeing results in the win column.

For 2018 there are mammoth questions at too many critical positions, starting with quarterback, to feel comfortable predicting any significant improvement.

while not name players, those guys figure to really help a very bad Rice team that lacks talent almost everywhere…

Bloomgren said he prefers a starter who can be mobile, but it appears efficiency will supersede that in 2018. Unlike last year, when young, inexperienced quarterbacks were eased into the offense — occasionally making for more predictable play-calling — Bloomgren hopes his starter can hit the turf running

Didn’t realize JT Granato transferred to Missouri State.

Son like father, neither one better than 3rd string.

Smith moved both inside and though neither weighs above 220, both possess a trait that Don Brown and his protege Smith value, they can move. A Don Brown defense centers itself on everyone running to the football. That’s not a novel concept, but Brown’s units take it a step further, they pursue with a purpose, not just getting to their run fits, but of getting to their proper leverage and funnel the ball into traffic.

In the meantime, Bloomgren will start to transform Rice’s culture and give this team an identity. Based on what we saw this spring and reports in fall camp, the Owls will ground and pound teams on offense and attack, attack, attack on defense.

If Rice beats PV by 30, then UH better tighten their straps for a competitive game. At least for a half if not 3 qtrs.

If Rice beats PV by 30 then remember, Rice is playing PV…


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