Rice University has accepted a bid to a bowl game. Now, what does that have to do with the Florida Marlins - Not one darn thing. But I have never in my life have seen the Rice football team play in a bowl game, so please allow me this personal transgression.
The Owls, representing Conference USA, will play the Sun Belt Conference champion Dec. 22 at the Superdome in the first bowl game there since Hurricane Katrina. Troy will be Rice's opponent if it beats Florida International this week. A loss would give Middle Tennessee the berth.
Rice (7-5, 6-2 C-USA) made a stunning turnaround from last year's 1-10 season, winning seven of its last eight games after an 0-4 start.
If Double B is still checking out FishStripes from time to time, I'm sure he will join in my complete amazement at the feat.