Tonight, the June Jones Era begins in Houston for SMU as they take on the Rice Owls. What do we know about these Owls? Well, for one, they have two of the most electrifying players in Conference USA. Second, they haven’t been very good with defense for a while now. If SMU’s Run and Shoot can score points, the Ponies and Owls might break the scoreboard. For a preview we, once again, turn to our friends at The Red Zone Report. Our blogger/previewer is Jake Keyes.
David Bailiff’s first season as head coach at Rice was a tough one to say the least. The Owls went 3-9 and finished fourth in the C-USA West at 3-5. A good offense kept the Owls close against some of the league’s top teams, but the inability to make stops on defense resulted in some tough losses against Tulsa, Houston, and Memphis. An easier schedule in ‘08 should give Rice fans hope that they will have a chance to win their first bowl game since 1953.