Feb. 3, 2014
The Conference USA Champion Rice Owls will welcome one of league's newest members in addition to three foes from the state of Texas to Rice Stadium as part of the 2014 C-USA Football schedule which was released by the league office on Monday.
The Owls will open their 10th year of league play when they host Old Dominion, who joins the league for football this fall, on September 20. Rice will also host home games against North Texas (October 25), UTSA (November 8) before wrapping up the home regular season schedule with a Friday night encounter with UTEP on November 21.
Rice opens C-USA road action on September 27 when the Owls make their third appearance in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to face Southern Miss. The bulk of the Owls conference road action comes in November, with stops at FIU (November 1) and Marshall for a rematch of the 2013 C-USA Championship game (November 15) leading up to the regular season finale at Louisiana Tech on November 29.
Currently, the Owls 2014 schedule consists of 11 games. The Owls had been slated to host New Mexico State on September 6, but the Aggies recently dropped out of the game due to scheduling requirements as they move into the Sun Belt Conference. The Owls are currently in negotiations to secure one additional non-conference home game to be played on one of three open dates on the current schedule.
In 2014 Conference USA will feature seven teams in the East Division and six teams in the West Division. FIU, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, UAB and WKU comprise the East Division, while Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, UTEP and UTSA make up the West Division.
Each school in the West Division will play every team in its division once for five games, while playing three cross-over opponents from the opposite division. Three schools in the East Division will play every team in its division once for six games, while playing two cross-over opponents from the opposite division. Four schools in the East Division will play five opponents in its division once for five games, while playing three cross-over opponents from the opposite division. East Division schools playing five division games were randomly selected by a computer scheduling application and two intra-division matchups in the East will not take place this season.
The 2014 schedule has 14 playing weeks, which provides for two open dates for each team. The schedule is a one-year model, meaning that as the conference lineup changes for the 2015 season with the addition of Charlotte, opponents may change and locations of games for that season are not yet determined.
A schedule of televised games will be released at a later date. Conference USA's national television partners are Fox Sports Media Group and CBS Sports Network for regular season games. The league's 10th annual Championship Game, pitting the champions of the East and West Divisions, is scheduled for Saturday, December 6 and will be televised by ESPN or ESPN 2.
Please note that all games are subject to date changes.
|Aug. 30||Notre Dame||South Bend, IN||TBA|
|Sept. 13||Texas A&M||College Station, TX||TBA|
|Sept. 20||Old Dominion||Rice Stadium||TBA|
|Sept. 27||Southern Miss||Hattiesburg, MS||TBA|
|Oct. 11||Army||West Point, NY||TBA|
|Oct. 25||North Texas||Rice Stadium||TBA|
|Nov. 1||FIU||Miami, FL||TBA|
|Nov. 8||UTSA||Rice Stadium||TBA|
|Nov. 15||Marshall||Huntington, WV||TBA|
|Nov. 21||UTEP||Rice Stadium||TBA|
|Nov. 29||Louisiana Tech||Ruston, LA||TBA|
*Pending determination of replacement for New Mexico State