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December 21, 2006
New Orleans Bowl: Rice vs. Troy
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The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl might be relatively obscure, but Rice and Troy are both hoping to make school history in the Superdome.
Troy has posted some eyebrow-raising victories since moving into Division I-A in 2001, but is seeking its first triumph in a bowl game.
Meanwhile, Rice improved from 1-10 in 2005 to 7-5 this season. By winning the New Orleans Bowl, first-year coach Todd Graham will have orchestrated the greatest turnaround in school history. That's especially impressive considering the Owls lost their first four games.
Rice hasn't been to a bowl game since 1961 and hasn't won one since 1954.