David Bailiff is entering his fifth year at Rice, and since Todd Graham left in 2006, these Owls have been fairly inconsistent. They went 3-9, 10-3, 2-10 and 4-8 the past four seasons.
In 2006, the Owls did end their bowl drought that lasted 46 years. Rice is far from a prestigious program because it has just gone to two bowl games since 1961.
The team got thumped by Troy in the 2006 New Orleans Bowl and then won the Texas Bowl in 2008 against Western Michigan 38-14. Their stars, who are now gone from the 2008 bowl team, were wide receiver Jarrett Dillard and tight end James Casey, who are both in the NFL.