The Texas A&M football team will open the season Saturday against the Rice Owls at Kyle Field. The Aggies enter the season ranked in the top 10 in both major polls and have national championship aspirations.
Rice is coming off of a 7-6 season in 2012. The Owls blew out the Air Force Falcons by the score of 33-14 in the 2012 Armed Forces Bowl.
Rice returns 19 starters from a 2012 team that started out 2-6 but won the last five games of the season. The Owls are a solid team that should qualify for a bowl in 2013.
This is not a team that should be competitive with the Aggies for four quarters. Texas A&M will beat Rice by multiple touchdowns.
The Aggie coaches will try to get a look at as many players as possible in the opening game. With five new starters on offense and six new starters on defense, Aggie fans should expect to see a variety of formations on both offense and defense.
Once the Ags get a lead by a comfortable margin against Rice, expect the coaches to start substituting liberally in order to get a look multiple players. Because of these substitutions, Aggie fans should not expect any of the Ags to put up prolific numbers in the opening game.
This is a look at the Ags' predicted statistics against Rice.