- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rice (2-1) at No. 5 Baylor (2-0), 3 p.m. (Fox Sports Network)

Line: Baylor by 34 1-2.

Series Record: Baylor leads 47-30-2.


Baylor looks to go 3-0 for the fifth straight season and to extend its 17-game home winning streak that is now the longest among FBS teams after Alabama’s loss to Ole Miss last weekend when the Bears didn’t play. Rice hasn’t beaten a ranked team since a win over BYU in 1997, and is trying to avoid a 25th consecutive loss to Top 25 teams.


QB Seth Russell and the Baylor offense against Rice’s 4-2-5 defensive scheme that is similar to TCU. Owls head coach David Bailiff was on Gary Patterson’s staff with the Horned Frogs from 2001-03. The Bears again have the nation’s best offense at 754 total yards a game. Rice has allowed 347 yards a game, and held Texas to 277 yards two Saturdays ago.


Rice: DE Brian Womac has seven tackles for losses, along with a sack and a forced fumble. Womac’s 12 tackles include 10 solo stops.

Baylor: The running backs. While the Bears average 398 yards passing per game, they also run for 356 yards per game with three of the Big 12’s top-10 running backs. Shock Linwood is second in the league with 102.5 yards per game, with Terence Williams third (97.0 ypg) and Johnny Jefferson 10th (74.5 ppg).


Rice has 20 wins since the start of the 2013, tied for the second-most among Texas teams behind Baylor’s 24. … Baylor has won its last five games after an off week, winning those games by an average margin of 29.6 points. … The Bears have scored more than 50 points in both of its games this season, giving them 14 such games since 2013. That’s the most 50-point games in that span, ahead of Oregon’s 13 and Ohio State’s 11.

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