University Of Texas Vs Rice Football
The Longhorns, Longhorns were disappointed when they were selected to play in the Liberty Bowl. UT, Rice started the season strong then melted down the stretch. Rice has a head coach Edmondson who is known for being a great recruiter and motivator but not so much on game day. The team has underachieved this year due to injuries, lack of depth and inexperience at key positions like quarterback
The Longhorns, Longhorns were disappointed when they were selected to play in the Liberty Bowl
For a program that wants to be considered among the best in college football, playing in the Liberty Bowl is a letdown.
The Longhorns went 8-4 during the regular season and were ranked No. 19 in the AP Top 25 heading into bowl season. They were selected to play in the Cotton Bowl against Alabama from last year’s playoff field—a game that would’ve given the Longhorns a chance at redemption following their loss to Clemson in 2017’s CFP semifinal. But after Oklahoma got knocked out of contention for making it back into the final four, some questioned whether Texas deserved its spot over another Big 12 team like Oklahoma State or West Virginia (which lost on Saturday). The selection committee didn’t give them any encouraging arguments on Tuesday night when they announced that Texas would face Memphis instead of Alabama or Clemson.
UT, Rice started the season strong then melted down the stretch
Rice started the season strong, but lost five straight games to end their regular season. They finished with a 5-7 record, losing to UT in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.
The Rice Owls were one of many teams who were victimized by UT’s high octane offense, which ranked #2 in total scoring offense and #6 in total rushing offense last season. The Owls struggled to hold on to leads as well—they gave up an average of 28 points per game during conference play after holding opponents to just eight points per outing during non-conference play (including only two points allowed against UH).
Rice has a head coach Edmondson
Rice is led on the football field by Edmondson, a former Rice player and assistant coach for the Owls. He’s also coached at Colorado State, Iowa State and East Carolina, helping those teams to a combined record of 55-43 during his time with them. In his first season at Rice as head coach, Edmondson has seen mixed results after back-to-back losses to UTSA and Houston Baptist before picking up their first win against Texas Tech last week.
Texas is led by quarterback Max Fiedler
Fiedler is a fourth-year senior and the only quarterback on the roster after backup Shane Buechele transferred to SMU. Fiedler was an early enrollee in 2014 and took over as starter later that season after David Ash suffered a series of concussions. He has started all 37 games since then, throwing for 8,882 yards and 70 touchdowns with 34 interceptions; he also rushed for 1,270 yards and 16 scores.
Texas also has its top two receivers back: Lil’Jordan Humphrey (48 catches) and Collin Johnson (44). The Longhorns are searching for consistency at tight end after four players combined for just eight receptions last season; Andrew Beck returns after catching three passes last year but has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury this spring.
Texas will enter the game with a 5-7 record and 4-5 in the Big 12 Conference.
Texas will enter the game with a 5-7 record and 4-5 in the Big 12 Conference. Rice is led by Edmondson, who has thrown for 2,562 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. The Owls are averaging 27.9 points per game this year, which ranks them 116th in the nation and 15th in the FBS Conference.
Rice’s defense has been allowing 28.9 points per game this season, which ranks them 133rd in college football out of 130 teams. The Owls have given up an average of 450 yards on offense each week this season, ranking them 123rd overall among all NCAA teams (and seventh within their own conference).
The Longhorns’ offense has scored 381 points so far this season while giving up 374 total points to their opponents during games played at Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium – Texas Memorial Stadium (Texas Memorial Stadium) where they hold home field advantage over Rice University Fighting Owls Football Team who play their home games at Rice Stadium located at 6100 Main St Houston TX 77005 United States Of America United States Of America United States Of America
The Longhorns are playing for pride and a shot at the postseason. The Owls have been eliminated from bowl contention and will be looking to finish their season on a high note. Rice should be able to keep this game close in what could be a defensive struggle.