- 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.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

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.

KEY MATCHUP

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.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

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).

FACTS & FIGURES

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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