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Baylor Bears vs. Rice Owls Game Thread

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5/4 BAYLOR (2–0) vs. NR/NR Rice (2–1)
Sept. 26, 2015 | 2 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | McLane Stadium (45,140)

TV: FSN
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OPPONENT: Rice Owls
ODB GAME HUB:
Baylor Bears vs. Rice Owls 2015
MEET THE PRESS:
Baylor vs. RiceFIRST LOOK: Baylor vs. RicePREVIEW PODCAST: Owl PoachingROLL CALL: Baylor vs. RicePREVIEW/PREDICTION THREAD: Get those predictions in!
SB NATION BLOG: Underdog Dynasty, at right
SPREAD: Baylor –34.5 (Open: Baylor –33)
TV COVERAGE: FSSW, 2 p.m. CDT
WEATHER FORECAST: Sunny, high of 93 with 5–10mph winds from NE, 3% chance of rain (Wunderground puts temp at 91° at gametime)

KEYS TO THE GAME:

STOP THE RUN: Keep Driphus Jackson contained and force Rice to throw the ball. Get as much of a pass rush as possible and give the secondary the opportunity to create turnovers.

RUN THE BALL: This offense requires a strong running game. Don't make Seth Russell do it all through the air, even against a poor Rice secondary. We had 56 rushing attempts against Lamar. Let's get 50+ again.

LIMIT TURNOVERS: Short fields are anathema to a strong defensive effort, as we saw against Lamar. If the offense can keep from turning the ball over, the defense will have more success.

LET THE BIG DOG EAT: I am, of course, talking about Laquan McGowan. That's not a real key, just something I want to see.

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