Baylor HC Rhule: 'Rice is a good football team'

WACO, Texas (KWTX) In their 48-13 loss to the Texas Longhorns Saturday night, the Rice Owls surrendered 509 yards of offense -- 171 rushing and 338 passing.

Rice (0-3) trailed 38-0 after three quarters before finally adding a touchdown with less than eight minutes left in the fourth.

"Rice is a good football team," Baylor head coach Matt Rhule said. "Rice is going to present challenges to us in many ways, both physically, they’re a tough, rugged group. You watch their effort on special teams, you watch their punt return, you watch their kick return, you watch their run defense versus a really good Texas team, versus a really good Army team that took Michigan to overtime, versus a really good Wake Forest team."

The Owls' opponents' combined record is 7-2, with Texas' only loss coming to No. 4 LSU, and Army's lone loss to No. 11 Michigan.

Rice has given up an average of 45 points per game over the past two weekends. Considering Baylor is the highest-scoring team in the nation (59.5 ppg), the Owls are a 26-point underdog.

While the Bears have been able to move the ball at will, the same can't be said for Rice, which enters Saturday with a bottom-five scoring offense.

"One of our challenges coming out of the last few years is really two-fold, winning after a bye, which we have not yet done, and then winning on the road," Rhule said. "Winning on the road is its own entity, has its own process, it requires maturity, it requires the toughness to go into someone else's building and we're going to work hard at that this week."