by Chuck Pool (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Rice Owls have been picked to finish as second in the Conference USA West Division football standings in a pool of media members that cover the conference which was released on Wednesday.
Western Kentucky and Louisiana Tech, who both will play the Owls at Rice Stadium in 2015, were tabbed as the favorites to reach the C-USA Championship game, which will be played December 5th.
Rice was followed in the West by UTEP, Southern Miss, North Texas and UTSA in the media poll. Rice’s two other East Division match-ups on its 2015 schedule, Florida Atlantic and Charlotte, were picked to finish fourth and seventh in their division.
Rice opens its 11th season of Conference USA action on the road on September 19 when the Owls face off against North Texas. They open the conference home slate on October 3 when Western Kentucky comes to Rice Stadium for the first meeting between the two schools. Louisiana Tech and Rice will face off in a nationally-televised Friday night game on October 30.
Rice opens the 2015 season on September 5 when they host Wagner at Rice Stadium. The Owls will open training camp for the 2015 season on August 6. Season ticket and min season ticket plans are currently on sale at Rice Athletic Ticket Office at Tudor Fieldhouse, by phone at (173) 348-OWLS or online .