Football Fans Beware: It's Bayou Bucket Time

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Would someone please pass this out to the UH and Rice defenses?
What did Houston-based college football fans do to deserve the torture being inflicted upon them this season? Why is it that neither of the two major college football teams in the city can make a tackle? Or even look like they're interested in making a tackle?

The Houston Cougars (0-3) and the Rice Owls (1-3) will face off inside Reliant Stadium on Saturday afternoon. And this edition of the annual Bayou Bucket game will be an offensive showcase. Offensive in that a ton of points should be scored. Offensive in that two inept defensive teams will be seeing which team offends the fans of good football less.

The Rice Owls offense racked up 647 yards and scored 51 points against the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday. The problem was that the Owls defense surrendered 593 yards to Marshall as the Herd got the 54-51 win in double overtime. And while there are undoubtedly fans who considered the game to be fun and thrilling, most people watching the game were probably more disgusted by the inability of anybody to make a tackle. (The Cougars didn't play Saturday, which is probably the only reason they didn't lose.)

This was third of four games this season where the Owls defense gave up 49 or more points. And while the Owls are suffering from a lot of injuries on the defensive side of the ball, no excuses could be made for the poor coaching, or for the ability of two Marshall running backs who had barely touched the ball previously this season to each go for over a hundred rushing yards against the Owls defense.

"We came into the game knowing that (Marshall's) a really heavy pass-oriented offense," safety Paul Porras said, "and we really prepared all week for the passing attack, and then they came out with the running attack."

So in that vein, seeing as how the Cougars have been a heavy pass-oriented offense the past several seasons, the Owls will probably be preparing for the Cougars to pass the ball every play. And under past UH coaches Kevin Sumlin and Art Briles, the Cougars would probably throw it every play anyway. Then again, they're gone, and so are Case Keenum and his group of wide receivers that made it possible to pass on every single play.

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