Opponent Preview: Rice Owls

Baylor hosts old Southwest Conference rival Rice in their 3rd game of the 2015 season.

Undoubtedly the best team on Baylor's non-conference schedule this season, Rice will roll into Waco on September 26 with (an albeit unlikely) upset on their minds.

Starting with the defense, one of the reigning best in the entire CUSA takes a few losses heading into 2015. All-C-USA DE Brian Nordstrom quit the team to pursue a career in the gas and oil industry. Ross Winship at NT is the only returning starter on the defensive line, so Baylor should be able to get Shock and Chafin some good numbers. Rice's secondary has improved gradually over the past five years, but we have Corey Coleman and KD Cannon. We're good.

Regarding the offense, the success of this team really rides on senior QB Driphus Jackson. He has talented weapons at wideout in Dennis Parks and Zach Wright, but outside of those two, nothing else of significant note. That's going to be the only way Rice wins this game, is if Jackson continually connects with those two and puts up godly stats. Rice loses Jordan Taylor to graduation, who was statistically the second best receiver in school history. Jowan Davis and Darik Dillard are both threats in the backfield, but our front seven should be able to contain the,

Rice is a team that has flirted with the CUSA title annually for the past few years, and even won it in 2013. That probably isn't realistically in their sights this season, and neither should be beating Baylor. I tell people all the time; we are not going to blow this team out. SMU is no threat and we *might* put up 80 or 90 on Lamar if no one stops us, but Rice won't be so easy.

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