Marshall (1-2, 0-0) at Rice (1-2, 0-0)
3:30 p.m. EDT today, Rice Stadium (47,000, FieldTurf Duraspine), Houston
TV: WCHS, Channel 8 in Charleston-Huntington, Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast
Crew: Bernie Guenther play-by-play, Chuck Oliver analyst, Rachel Baribeau sidelines
Line: Marshall by 3
Series: Marshall leads 2-1
Last meeting: Marshall 24, Rice 20, Oct. 15, 2011 at Huntington
Tickets: Supply is no problem and parking is free, $20-$40 (youth general admission $10).
Weather: This is Big 12/C-USA weather, folks - mostly sunny, light winds, high 91.
On the spot
Jeremiah Taylor and Alex Bazzie, Marshall defensive ends: Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue is a running threat to the tune of 69 yards per game, but the Owls have yielded 11 sacks - six by UCLA. So the Herd ends must funnel McHargue inside and cash in on sack opportunities.
Marshall offensive line: If you can't run against Rice, who can you run against? Time for this unit, which welcomes John Bruhin and Garrett Scott back on a full-time basis, to have a good run-blocking afternoon.