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No. 111: Rice

Since the start of the 2003 season, Rice has allowed, on average, 36.7 points per game. So it’s not too surprising to find that the Owls are 39-69 over the last nine years; what’s surprising is that Rice has made two bowl trips over the last nine years. Rice has allowed at least 40 points in a game 44 times since 2003: eight times in 2007, when the defense allowed 515 points, and another seven times in 2009, when the defense allowed 517 points. The Owls have scored 40 or more points in 24 of their 39 wins since 2003, including seven such victories in 2008, when the program scored more points than it allowed for the only time since 1997. The goal of football is to score more points than your opponent over the span of 60 minutes; for Rice, that quest is waylaid every fall by a defense that is reaching a historical level of ineptitude.

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    No. 105: Rice

    Rice may very well have the smartest student body in the F.B.S., so the onus is on these rising stars to create a brand-new defense capable of getting stops in a Conference USA laden with offensive potency. As John F. Kennedy so dared the country at large to put a man on the moon during a 1962 speech on the university’s campus, so does the challenge thus fall onto Rice’s finest: begin the planning, create the blueprints, plug your statistical analysis into the school’s largest, most potent computer models. Make a defense. Put an Owl defender on the all-conference team. I know it’s a challenge, but it’s a challenge that you must be willing to accept, one that you must be unwilling to postpone, and one that must be tackled if Rice intends to win.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.