Texas will face an improved Rice football team from last year’s 4-8 squad. The Owls return almost all of their starters, have found their QB of the future, and feature an offense that’s an innovative tweak of the traditional spread option.
Imagine if the New England Patriot’s two TE offense had a baby with Chip Kelly. Now add humidity and a good SAT score. You’ve got David Bailiff’s 2011 Rice offense. The Owls run the spread with flexed tight ends and oversized wide receivers to win physical battles on the edge, use size and confusion to garner one-on-one match ups in the passing game, and move the chains by making physically superior defenders focus on responsibilities instead of chasing the ball. (more…)