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Rice Owls
Rice logo.png
First season 2013
Head coach Bubada
6th year, 32–34 (.485)
Home stadium Rice Stadium
Year built 1950
Stadium capacity 47,000
Stadium surface Turf
Location Houston, TX
League NCAA
Conference C-USA
Division East
All-time record 38–64 (.373)
Postseason bowl record 0–3 (.000)
Playoff appearances 0
Playoff record 0
Claimed national titles 0
National Finalist 0
Conference titles 3
Division titles 3
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 0
Colors

Blue and Gray

          
Fight song "Rice Fight"
Mascot Sammy the Owl

The Rice Owls are a CFBHC team playing in the West division of the C-USA. Rice began in the 2013 CFBHC season as a member of the Big 12 conference before moving to the AAC West division for the 2014-2017 seasons.

History

GoldenCatcus Era (2013)

Rice struggled in its inaugural season under head coach GoldenCatcus. The Owls finished the 2013 season at 1-11. The only win came against TCU in week 6. Rice lost 3 games by over 56 points.

owl_man Era (2014-2015)

The Rice Owls moved to the AAC in 2014. New head coach owl_man and starting freshman QB Teddy Rogers led Rice to a surprisingly decent season, finishing at 5-7 (5-2 in AAC). The momentum that owl_man and Rice had in 2014 did not carry over to 2015. In 2015, the Owls became the 2nd team in CFBHC history to go 0-12.

Bubada Era (2016-Present)

2016 marked the first season for head coach Bubada. After leading the Owls to a win in their opening game against Indiana, Rice would go on to lose the last 11 games of the season. The highlight of the season came in week 1 when QB Teddy Rogers hit RB Kwendi Nkwenti out of the backfield for a 13 yard TD with 3 seconds remaining to give the Owls a 14-13 win at Indiana. The 2017 season brought in many new faces to the starting lineup. The Owls started 10 true freshman this year but was led by senior 4-year starting QB Teddy Rogers. The Owls improved compared to 2016 and were able to win 3 games including having a winning streak for the first time since the 2014 season. The Owls were moved to the new C-USA conference in 2018. The conference was composed of 11 new teams and 3 old teams (Rice, Marshall, North Texas). Rice and Marshall were early favorites to win the conference. The season started on a high note with a win at Oregon State in which free safety Koren Donahue had 3 INTs and a TD. The Owls would go on to sweep conference play and beat the Marshall Thundering Herd in the C-USA conference championship game. The Owls went to their first bowl game, the Heart of Dallas Bowl, in which they lost to Washington State. The Owls had a very similar season in 2019, once again going 9-5 with an 8-0 record in the C-USA, winning the C-USA championship, and losing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

All-time record vs. C-USA opponents

This is the Owls football record against current Conference USA opponents through the 2020 season.

School Total Games W L T Pct. PF PA First Year Last Year Streak
Charlotte 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
FAU 2 1 1 0 .500 75 33 2018 2020 L1
FIU 1 1 0 0 .500 31 28 2020 2020 W1
Louisiana Tech 3 3 0 0 1.000 92 17 2018 2020 W3
Marshall 2 2 0 0 1.000 66 14 2018 2019 W2
MTSU 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
North Texas 3 3 0 0 1.000 103 47 2018 2020 W3
Old Dominion 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
Southern Miss 3 3 0 0 1.000 98 43 2018 2020 W3
UAB 3 3 0 0 1.000 90 17 2018 2020 W3
UTEP 3 3 0 0 1.000 105 23 2018 2020 W3
UTSA 3 3 0 0 1.000 89 38 2018 2020 W3
Western Kentucky 2 2 0 0 1.000 83 47 2019 2020 W2
13 Opponents 25 24 1 0 .960 832 307 3 Seasons

Season-by-Season Records

Coach(es) Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record Bowl Final CP Ranking
Wins Losses Wins Losses
Rice Owls
GoldenCatcus 2013 Big 12 1 11 1 7 - -
owl_man 2014 AAC 5 7 5 2 - -
2015 0 12 0 7 - -
Bubada 2016 1 11 0 7 - -
2017 3 9 3 4 - -
2018 C-USA 9 5 8 0 Lost Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Washington State (31-41) -
2019 9 5 8 0 Lost Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Maryland (9-22) -
2020 10 4 8 1 Lost Hawaii Bowl vs. Hawaii (23-38) -
Total Games: 102 38 64 33 28
National Champions Conference Champions Bowl game berth

Bowl games

The Owls have appeared in 3 bowl games, posting a record of 0-3.

Season Bowl Opponent Result
2018 Heart of Dallas Bowl Washington State L, 31-41
2019 Heart of Dallas Bowl Maryland L, 9-22
2020 Hawaii Bowl Hawaii L, 23-38
Total 3 Bowl Games 0–3

Individual Award Winners

Players

Paul Hornung Award

C-USA Offensive Player of the Year

All-AAC Players

All-C-USA Players

Coaches

C-USA Coach of the Year

External Links

2019 Depth Chart