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Baylor and Rice face off Saturday afternoon.

Get ready for Baylor gameday with all of the information you need for the Baylor vs. Rice game.

The 4th/5th ranked Baylor Bears (2-0) finish up the non-conference portion of their schedule Saturday afternoon against the Rice Owls (2-1). With the Bears coming off of their first bye week, they went back to the drawing board on the defensive side of the ball. Fundamentals and the basics were the focus, as the entire team looked to get its edge back going into their final game before conference play starts.  

Media Information

Date Sept. 26, 2015 | 2 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | McLane Stadium (45,140)
TV FSN
TV Talent Brendan Burke (pxp), Ben Leber (analyst), Christian Steckel (sideline)
Radio ESPN Central Texas | Sirius/XM 81/81
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Game Notes Baylor Notes


Statistical Comparison

The biggest battle in this game will be one of tempo.  The Baylor Bears want to go, go, go.  Rice, on the other hand, will want to control the game with their running attack, get 4-5 yards per carry and keep the Bears offense on the sideline.  Rice and Baylor are on the opposite ends of the "explosive" play strategy, ranking 9th and 115th respectively.  The Bears S&P+ numbers, especially offensively, are skewed negatively by the lack of quality competition.  Thei effeciency and success metrics are right at the same elite level we have seen the past few years.  The Rice defense will have its hands full. 

When Baylor has the Ball

Baylor
Rank
Rice
Rank
AVG
Explosiveness
1.49 9 1.27 72 1.26
Efficiency
59.3% 1 44.3% 97 40.4%
Finishing Drives
6.42 5 5.47 115 4.68
Rushing S&P+
106.6 62 79 122 100
Rushing Success Rate
63.6 2 47.3 99 100
Passing S&P+
108.8 66 70.5 124 100
Passing Success Rate
55.2 5 41.2% 85 40.4%

The Baylor defense will have to do a good job of getting negative plays. Keeping Rice behind schedule is the hardest thing to do.  They are successful when they run the ball (8th best in the nation).  They get good yards every carry...just not great yardage.  Look for the Bears to play aggressively against the option attack, something that they have done well the last few years.  

When Rice has the Ball

Baylor
Rank
Rice
Rank
AVG
Explosiveness
1.17 42 1.1 115 1.26
Efficiency
36.8% 47 50.8% 12 40.4%
Finishing Drives
4.73 82 4.52 84 4.68
Rushing S&P+
93.1 91 102.9 79 100
Rushing Success Rate
39.7% 60 57.0% 8 100
Passing S&P+
107.4 51 84.3 110 100
Passing Success Rate
31.8% 69 41.6% 73 40.4%

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Baylor Hosts Former Conference Rival Rice

The 4th ranked Baylor Bears continue their non-conference schedule with Rice, who is 2-1 and coming off of a 38-24 win over North Texas.

It is always fun when you see some extended family again. Maybe some third cousins that you see every 5-8 years, that you just always pick back up right where you left off with every time you see them. You could easily say that the Baylor Bears are having a bit of a family reunion this weekend, when they host the Rice Owls, former rival in the defunct Southwest Conference.  

These two small private schools competed for over 80 years in the SWC, from 1914 to 1995. The Bears hold a 47-30-2 edge in the series and have won the last 6 meetings, with the most recent three coming since the SWC disbanded.  Those games (in 2007, 2010, and 2011)  featured a bad Rice team (won no more than 4 games in any of those years) versus an improving Baylor team (3, 7, and then 10 wins).  This year though might be the first matchup of when neither team is awful. 

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Predictions on the Baylor Bears vs. Rice Owls ($)

The Baylor Bears host the Rice Owls Saturday afternoon in a match up of former Southwest Conference rivals.

KEVIN BARERRA
BearsIllustrated Co-Owner and Recruiting Coordinator

This game is about Baylor Football. Rice does present a challenge in the fact that they have a mobile QB, but outside of that, they shouldn’t present much of a problem for Baylor. Baylor has had a very rocky start to the season, on and off the field, but leading in to Big 12 play, this should be a game that will allow them to continue to work through some of the issues they’ve had. Art Briles has continously mentioned getting the “edge” back, and to most, he looked as focused as he has all season. If Art can get that personal edge back, I think it will go a very long way in getting Baylor to where it wants to be.

Baylor 55 Rice 13

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