The Rice Owls football program began as part of the Southwest Conference (SWC) in 1919. Rice's early football history did exhibit success against the larger public institutions in the conference but the program was unable to keep up the pace with schools like the University of Texas, Texas A&M and others. Rice has recently seen a turnaround, however, going to the New Orleans Bowl in 2006, its first bowl game appearance since 1961. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Rice Owls football tickets.
2013 Rice Season Preview
Expectations may be as high as ever for the Rice Owls as they head into the 2013 season and head coach David Baliff’s 7th year as the head coach. Rice ended the season on a 5-game winning streak which included a bowl victory over Air Force. Even more exciting for Rice is they only lost a total of nine players from the 2012 roster. Baliff’s team gained a lot of experience last season and they will benefit greatly by that this upcoming year. Quarterback Taylor McHargue returns as the signal caller for his senior season, but sophomore Driphus Jackson gives Baliff another option after proving he can perform during his freshman season. Junior receiver Jordan Taylor is hoping to build off his breakout 2012 that ended with MVP honors in the Armed Forces Bowl and the defense should be improved after nearly the entire unit returning. Rice Stadium will celebrate its 62nd season with games against UTEP, Louisiana Tech, and Tulsa.
Check out our Rice Owls Season Preview History page for previews of previous Owls seasons.
Rice Owls Football at Rice Stadium Address: 6100 Main St, Houston, Texas, 77005
The Rice Owls play their home games at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas. The stadium holds 47,000 fans but can be expanded to hold up to 70,000. The stadium has been home to the University of Houston Cougars, the Houston Oilers, Super Bowl VIII, and has even witnessed a speech by John F. Kennedy in which he challenged the country to make a moon mission a reality. Kennedy even likened the challenge of going to the moon to Rice playing Texas in football! The Rice Owls home bench is on the Rice Stadium sideline with sections 101-107. Rice Stadium parking information is covered in our Owls event guide.
Rice vs. Houston
Only 5 miles apart on Houston’s inner loop, the Owls and Cougars battle in one of the closest inner-city rivalries in college football. The two teams meet in the “Bayou Bucket Classic” for supremacy in the city of Houston, as well as for the right to take the “Bayou Bucket” back to their side of the city. The close proximity allows fans from both sides to travel in numbers, making game days loud and giving the rivalry a great atmosphere.
Rice vs. SMU
This matchup is between two of the smallest schools to field Division-1 FBS squads. The Owls and Mustangs have squared off over 85 times dating back to 1916. Both teams have seen extended eras of success in this series, with the Mustangs leading by a slim margin. The winner of the game has been awarded the “Mayor’s Cup” every year since 1998, bringing extra fire to one of the best rivalries in Texas.
Rice Owls in the BCS National Championship, Bowl Games and C-USA Championship
The Rice Owls football program carries a very strong history, as they have been a well knows College Football program sjnce the early 1900’s. Over the years they have been a prominent force in the Conference USA, Southwest and WAC Conference’s winning more than a half of dozen Conference Titles. Their double digit bowl game appearances to go along with over 400 wins demonstrates the Owls ability to win the big game. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the Conference USA Championship Game.
Rice Owls Event Guide
Where should I eat before a game at Rice Stadium?
Rice Village is only a block from the western part of campus, and provides lots of eating and drinking options. Brunch at benjy’s is always good, while you can get a good pizza at D’Amico’s and a craft brew at Gingerman.
Do my kids need a ticket?
Children two years and under do not need a ticket to enter Rice Stadium.
Where can I tailgate before a Rice football game?
You can tailgate in “Tailgate Owley”, which is east of Rice Stadium on the grass. The area opens 3 hours prior to game times and you can rent your own area. Please note that generators are not allowed in Rice Stadium parking lots.