Navy (1-2) at Rice (0-3)

Series: Rice leads, 3-2

Outlook: Both teams have played unforgiving schedules with five of the six games against foes with a combined 12-3 record. Navy will have to perform better than it did in a heartbreaking 14-10 loss to Boston College, when the Midshipmen were 1-for-13 on third down and missed two field goals. Rice, which had been held to one field goal in its first two games, finally got going offensively in the second half against Texas last week, but quarterback Chad Richardson is only 4-for-20 passing and the running game is producing just 3.1 yards a carry. The Midshipmen must overcome the Rice Stadium jinx; they haven't won there in three tries. One good sign is that their first victory came at night on AstroTurf.

Pub Date: 9/25/99

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