Head to head: Army vs. Rice

Next up for Army is Rice. Today ArmySports.com compares different critical team areas of Army and Rice and indicates which team has the edge.

Army
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Rice
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Army rushing offense
vs.
Rice rushing defense
 
Army's powerful option offense, led by fullback Collin Mooney, should have little problem shredding through the thin Owl defense. Rice is 84th nationally in rushing defense.  
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Army passing offense
vs.
Rice passing defense
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This game features the nation's number 119th pass offense vs. the number 118th pass defense. However, if Army brings Carson Williams off the bench, look out!  
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Rice rushing offense
vs.
Army rushing defense
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Rice has a high powered offense and it isn't all passing. The Owls average 140 yards a game on the ground. C.J. Ugokwe is the top ground gainer for the Owls but quarterback Chase Clement gains almost as much yardage as Ugokwe. Army has a good rushing defense and only allows about 120 yards per game. Linebackers Stephen Anderson and Frank Scappaticci lead the Cadet defense.  
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Rice passing offense
vs.
Army passing defense
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Clement and the Owls operate the nation's 7th ranked passing offense, a no huddle offense that's difficult to defend. Army's passing defense is sound and ranked in the top 20 nationally.  
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Special Teams
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Rice kicker Clark Fangmeier has connected on 4 of 7 field goals this season. Army's Matthew Campbell is 6 of 7 on field goal attempts in 2008. Other special teams units for Army and Rice are fairly equal.  
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Coaching
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Army head coach Stan Brock is 6-15 in his second season at Army. Rice's David Bailiff is 9-12 in his second year with the Owls and 30-27 overall.  

Prediction:

Rice 30
Army 31


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