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Rice Owls
800px-Rice Owls logo.svg.png
Established 1912
  • Rice Owls (2017-present)
Other Nicknames
Rince, McGill
Houston, Texas
Blue and Grey
Head Coaches
CFP National Championships
Conference Championships
Divisional Championships

William Rice Marsh University (Rice) is a private research university located on a 300-acre (121 ha) campus in Houston, Texas, United States. The university is situated near the Houston Museum District and is adjacent to the Texas Medical Center.


Overall Record: 9-9

Bowl Record: 0-1

Record vs Top 25: 6-2

Record vs Top 10: 1-1

Points in a Game: 67* (S1W8 interim against LTU)

Yards in a game: 478 (S1W3 against Florida)

Turnovers forced: 7 (S2W5 against WKU)

Turnovers lost: 8 (S1W1 against CMU)

Season 1[edit]


Week Opponent Rank Site TV Result
1 Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts Stadium • Mount Pleasant, MI Fox Sports L 20-38
2 Boise State Albertsons Stadium • Boise, ID FSPN3 W 47-23
3 #10 Florida Rice Stadium • Houston, TX ABC W 62-31
4 #12 UTEP Rice Stadium • Houston, TX Fox W 23-17
5 FIU #15 Riccardo Silva Stadium • Miami, FL FS1 L 50-76
6 #11 North Texas Apogee Stadium • Denton, TX FSPN2 L 20-43
7 Kansas State Rice Stadium • Houston, TX FS South L 28-41
8 Louisiana Tech Rice Stadium • Houston, TX FS South W 67-40
9 #23 Southern Miss M. M. Stadium • Hattiesburg, MS FSPN2 W 41-35
10 FAU Rice Stadium • Houston, TX FSPN3 L 25-37
11 #16 UAB Legion Field • Birmingham, AL FSPNU W 40-14
12 UTSA Rice Stadium • Houston, TX Watch FSPN L 14-23
14 vs. Texas State Camping World Stadium • Orlando, FL (Cure Bowl) Fox Sports L 21-42

Game Summaries[edit]

at Central Michigan[edit]

In their first game of the era, the Rice Owls met the Central Michigan Chippewas. This was the first recorded meeting between the schools this era.

The first quarter didn't start out the best for the Owls, as the now-infamous QB Jack O'Potato threw a pick six to give the Chips the early score. As the quarter was winding down, the Owls were once again on offense, and this time threw a touchdown pass to the correct team to tie the game at 7-7. The second quarter saw the Rice Owls once again fall behind as the CMU offense charged down the field for a quick TD pass. To cap it off, O'Potato threw yet another pick six to put the owls down 21-7. After the chips also kicked a FG, the Owls scored again to make it 24-14 towards the end of the half.

The second half started off better for the owls as they forced a fumble of defense, and proceeded to score a TD. After a missed two point conversion, the score was 24-20. Rice would not score again. Despite forcing another turnover, CMU would score another TD, and would seal the game with a TD after a failed Rice 4th down conversion in the 4th quarter to win 38-20.

at Boise State[edit]

For week 2, Rice travelled to Boise to play the Boise State Broncos. Both teams were looking for their first win of the season.

During the first half both teams struggled on offense. After each team traded punts, the Rice quarterback Jack O'Potato, being as he always was, threw his third career pick six, giving Boise State an early lead. After a failed fourth down conversion for Rice, and a punt for Boise State, the Rice QB hurled a long throw to Jabrill Jalapeño, which resulted in a 91-yard TD for Rice. Although stopped on the two-point conversion, the Rice defense secured an interception on Boise State's 20, and the away team was able to kick a FG to take a 9-7 lead. As the second quarter came to an end, Boise State would score a FG after a string of long passes, and Rice would score a TD on the play ensuing after the kickoff and fail the two point conversion, making the score 15-10. A longer-than usual halftime would occur due to an injury to the head of the reffing crew.

Within the first minute of the second half, both Rice and Boise would score a TD, added 8 and 7 points to the score respectively. Disaster struck for the Broncos as Rice would recover a fumble for a TD, making the score 30-17. No team would score for the remained of the quarter. Rice, however, started the fourth quarter with an easy field goal. The next few minutes would see a missed FG by Boise State and yet another TD Pass for the Owls. Both teams would score a TD apiece as the game wound down, long after the outcome had been decided.

vs. Florida[edit]

vs. UTEP[edit]

at FIU[edit]

at North Texas[edit]

vs. Kansas State[edit]

vs. Louisiana Tech[edit]

at Southern Miss[edit]

vs. FAU[edit]

at UAB[edit]

vs. UTSA[edit]

vs. Texas State[edit]

Season 2[edit]

Week Opponent Rank Site TV Result
1 #21 Navy Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD Fox Sports W 27-24 3OT
2 Boise State Rice Stadium • Houston, TX CBS Sports W 42-0
3 @ #9 SMU #11 Cotton Bowl Stadium • Dallas, TX ABC L 36-37
4 Kansas State #25 Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium • Manhattan, KS CBS Sports L 20-31
5 #14 WKU Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY FSPN W 32-21
6 Southern Miss Rice Stadium • Houston, TX CBS
7 Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet Stadium • Ruston, LA
8 Old Dominion Rice Stadium • Houston, TX
9 UAB Rice Stadium • Houston, TX
10 UTSA Alamodome • San Antonio, TX
11 UTEP Sun Bowl • El Paso, TX
12 UTSA Rice Stadium • Houston, TX

Future OOC Opponents[edit]

Rice has confirmed that they are to play Alabama, Clemson, and South Carolina next season, and are rumored to play against SMU.