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Mike Craven from DCTF

With Carter out for the week, Matt's flying solo on this week's Roost Podcast—or would be, without the help of our buddy Mike Craven from Dave Campbell's Texas Football! He and Matt talk about putting preview magazines together, the process of covering more than a dozen teams at once, the outlook for the G5 teams in Texas, and and more! Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!


2022 Spring Wrap-up: True or False?

Spring practice is over for Rice football in 2022, and before the long summer doldrums of college football begin, the Roost Pod is back to run down the storylines from spring ball for the Owls. Matt and Carter play a game of True or False with a series of post-spring statements. Will Rice have a top defensive line in the conference? Will the breakout spring contributors have serious roles in the fall? Quarterback??? All this and more! Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!


Interview: Naeem Smith

The Roost Pod is back this week, and we've got now-former Owls safety Naeem Smith on the show! Matt and Carter run through some news items before Naeem joins to talk his journey from JUCO to South Main, memories from his time at Rice, the draft prep process, and more, including . . . the art of podcasting? We're getting meta out here, y'all! Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!


Spring Football Updates; JP Heath on MBB and Baseball

Spring practice is in full swing now for Rice Football, so Matt and Carter are back on this week's pod to talk news, including scheduling and Jake Bailey to the Portal, plus the state of the depth chart. Then, friend of the pod and Rice's pan-sports play-by-play polymath JP Heath stops by. He gives us his thoughts on Rice Men's Basketball's season, plus the start of the Jose Cruz Jr. era for Owls baseball. It's buzzer beaters, Wayne Graham stories, and more! Don't forget to rate, review,...


Spring Practice 2022 Begins!

Our proper offseason schedule begins! Rice Football is starting spring practice, so it looks like the Roost Podcast has to start gearing up for the 2022 season as well. Matt and Carter are here to give you some coaching and scheduling news before discussing the state of the team as the spring kicks off. What are our questions about the team, and what are our DEFCON levels of concern about those questions? Once again, we manage to talk ourselves into a more optimistic state over the course of...


National Signing Day 2022 and Roster Updates

It's the first Roost Podcast of 2022! Matt and Carter are back to talk you through the additions Rice Football has made to the roster since the Early Signing Period in December, how these additions impact the roster, and a few other roster news items (including the move of Luke McCaffrey from QB to WR). This is just a taste, but we'll be back in a few weeks when the Owls start spring practice! Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe!


Early Signing Period Breakdown

It's the final Roost Podcast of 2021, and we're here to talk that most vital of off-season CFB topics: crootin'! Join Matt and Carter as they walk through Rice's small but mighty class of HS, JUCO, and FBS transfer players. What spots are still left to fill? Which players could make an immediate impact? All that and more! Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!


The 2021 Roosties

It's the—wait, is this for real??—THIRD Annual Roosties, celebrating the best, worst, most fun, and most memorable players, games, and moments from the 2021 season. You don't want to hear Matt and Carter do a whole Roost Podcast episode on boring traditional awards like Offensive and Defensive MVP (Matt's got all that and more covered on the site!); you want the Roosties! So settle in (for an efficient hour!) and listen to your hosts debate awards like Best Play, Most Head Scratching Moment,...


Louisiana Tech Review; Season Grades

100% fitting that Rice's final outing of the season was a weird game in which the Owls did not end the game with the same QB they began it with—but this time they won! So Rice finishes the season 4–8, and Matt and Carter are here to break it down on the Roost Podcast. They talk through the Louisiana Tech game, then talk big picture season thoughts, including grading the 2021 team on offense, defense, and special teams. Spoiler alert: for the first team in the history of this podcast, the...


Eric Henry C-USA Round-Up, the Sequel

Listen, no one wants to talk about a loss to UTEP. Carter was so horrified he bailed on this week's pod altogether (jk he's with family and has bad internet access). So Matt called in friend of the pod Eric Henry from Underdog Dynasty, who's always ready to talk all things C-USA so that we don't have to dwell on another Rice loss. Will Eric still be our friend when we leave him for greener pastures in the AAC? We hope so! Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!


WKU Review; 100th Episode!

It's the 100th episode of the Roost Podcast! Our deepest gratitude to our listeners to sticking with us this long. Matt and Carter are here to celebrate by uh . . . sighing their way through another loss and discussing the wisdom of a head coaching change. Unfortunately there's not something more fun to talk about—but at least you get to hear Carter rant! And that's what you're all here for, right? . . . Right? Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!


Charlotte Review

Well, for a second straight week, Rice lost in overtime by a score of 30ish to 24, so for a second straight week, the Roost Podcast is here to break down an overtime loss. What went well? What went wrong? Will this team every make any sense? Matt and Carter don't have all the answers, but they're here to talk you through it anyway. They always feel a little better after recording, so maybe you'll feel a little better after listening. Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!


UNT Review; Rubbernecking at Zombie C-USA

Rice Football remains bafflingly inconsistent in 2021, and Matt and Carter are back on this week's Roost Podcast to do the audio version of the shrug emoji right along with you. An extended Dungeons & Dragons metaphor may or may not occur. Plus, Rice's soon-to-be-former conference is reported to be adding some members, and the list is . . . well, it's something. All that and more! Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!


Rice Stuns UAB

Did that just happen? Did Rice just upset a conference contender on the road as a 20+ point underdog with a third string QB and a bunch of defensive starters out . . . for the second year in a row? Y'all, they did! And Matt and Carter are here on this week's Roost Podcast to break it down for you. How did the Owls pull this off? Does it mean something positive going forward (PLEASE)? Does it foretell more clarity and consistency at the QB position (lol probably not)? All that and...


The Less Said About UTSA The Better; RICE TO THE AAC!!!!

Rice might have played a football game this weekend so we're here on the Roost Podcast to deal with that as quickly as possible in order to get to the real news: It looks like Rice is getting a new conference! A better conference, even! What a world! It's been a weekend of great and terrible things for Rice athletics, so Matt and Carter are here to take you through it all (mostly the good). Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!


Bye Week C-USA Interlude with Eric Henry

Rice Football was off this week, but the Roost Pod takes no breaks! (Except for Carter, who was also off this week.) So Matt hops on with friend of the pod Eric Henry of Underdog Dynasty, for another State of C-USA pod! Matt and Eric cover the conference from top to bottom, East to West, leaving no stone unturned. They ask the important questions, including the most important one of all: "Is . . . is UTEP actually good?" Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!


Southern Miss Review

Well, it was a journey to get here, but Rice is 2-3 entering its bye week and coming off two straight wins! So Matt and Carter are here on this week's Roost Podcast to break down a second consecutive home win, from the breakdowns on special teams to the repeated big plays by the defense and timely flashes from the offense. How does Rice look and where does the team stand, heading into a break before season-defining road trips to San Antonio and Birmingham? All that and more! Don't forget to...


Texas Southern Review

Not as pretty as you'd have hoped, but a win's a win's a win, and Rice Football got one in the W column this weekend, so of course the Roost Pod is here to celebrate with you! Join Matt and Carter as they break down Rices dominant offense and uh, suspect defense (???) from 48-34 win in the Owls' first-ever meeting with Texas Southern. Do we have a quarterback? Is there real reason to worry about the defense? All that and more! Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!


Texas Review

Maybe you wish you could forget Rice's game against Texas from this past Saturday. We do too! But the Roost Podcast must march on, as Matt and Carter search through the dregs of this game to find any possible shred of positivity. The Owls still have everything ahead of them, and your hosts are here to break down what's at stake and where they go from this. Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!


UH Review

Well . . . that wasn't pretty. But your faithful hosts Matt and Carter are here on this week's Roost Podcast to close the book on an ugly Bayou Bucket. What went wrong? What went right? Did *anything* go right? The outlook to this point in the season hasn't been rosy, but what conclusions can we draw right now? All that and more, plus a short look ahead to this weekend's showdown in Austin with a . . . confusing Texas team. Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!