Breakdown: Offense

A well rested Red Raider team will be heading to Houston on Saturday to face off against the Rice Owls. RaiderPower has broken down both offenses and lets you know which team has the edge at each position. On paper, it looks like Texas Tech is going to have a huge advantage in the game.

QUARTERBACK
Advantage: Texas Tech
The edge here goes to Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell.  Through 2 games, Harrell has been absolutely outstanding, completing 75% of his passes and throwing 8 TD's and only 1 interception.

On the flip side, Rice quarterback Chase Clement has yet to find the end zone through the air.  He has managed 2 rushing TD's, but has 0 passing TD's and 4 interceptions.

The Red Raiders hope his 0 TD streak continues for at least another week.
 
RUNNING BACK
Advantage: Texas Tech
The Red Raiders haven't shown much of a running attack so far this season, but that doesn't mean it isn't there.  When Harrell is completing 75% of his passes for an average of 9.8 yards a piece, Coach Leach will probably continue to pass.

All the talk in the off-season about Shannon Woods and Kobey Lewis being neck and neck apparently wasn't just coach speak.  Woods and Lewis have 17 and 13 rushes respectively, which is more even than anyone expected coming into the season.

Rice lost star running back Quinton Smith from last year, and they have replaced him with Sophomore C.J. Ugokwe.  To say Ugokwe has struggled is an understatement.  After playing Nicholls St. and Baylor, he has only amassed 94 total rushing yards, with his longest run of the season netting 9 yards.

 
WIDE RECEIVER
Advantage: Texas Tech

All the talk has been about the freshman phenom Michael Crabtree, but there is another guy out there who has really stepped up in the first 2 games.

Senior Danny Amendola has shown that he has what it takes to be the go to guy.  He has quietly caught 22 balls for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns and appears to be as healthy as he has been since his freshman year.

Rice has an outstanding receiver in junior Jarett Dillard.  As a sophomore in 2006, he caught 91 balls for 1247 yards and a mind blowing 21 TD's.  The problem for the Owls, though, is that he is Rice's only consistent threat through the air.
 

OFFENSIVE LINE
Advantage: Texas Tech
With 4 new starters this season, many expected Texas Tech to struggle.  That just simply hasn't been the case in the first 2 games, as the Red Raider big men have stepped up and done an extremely good job of protecting Harrell.

Graham Harrell has attempted 123 passes this season and has only been sacked once.  That's an incredible ratio, especially for a team that everyone knows they will be passing and most defenses consistently try to pressure the QB.

One area of concern has to be the run blocking.  The o-line has yet to show it can be an effective unit when Coach Leach wants to go to the ground.

Good news for Rice?  They have 4 returning starters from last years team.  Bad news?  They allowed more sacks than any other C-USA team last year and have allowed 6 sacks already this season.
 

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