Owls Add Two Games to Football Television Slate
Bayou Bucket set for 2 p.m. start
June 12, 2013
The Rice football team has added two additional television appearances to their 2013 schedule as Conference USA released an updated television schedule on Wednesday.
The Owls contests at UTSA (3:00 p.m. Time Warner Cable Sports Channel) and against Tulane at Rice Stadium (2:30 p.m. Fox College Sports) now give Rice a total of nine games slated for television this fall. In addition to the two new telecasts, Fox announced that the previously announced coverage of the annual Bayou Bucket battle with Houston will kick off at 2 p.m. on September 21 at Reliant Stadium. Fox also announced that the Owl's two Thursday night TV appearances (at North Texas on October 31 and at UAB on November 21 will be carried on the network's new sports channel, Fox Sports 1.
Beginning with the Owls' home opener against Kansas on Sept. 14, Rice will have five home games broadcast, as well as four road tilts. The Kansas contest is one of three games slated for national coverage on CBS Sports Network. The game will kick off at 6:30 p.m.
Rice's trip to Tulsa on Oct. 5 will kick off at 2:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network before the Owls return home to host UTEP on Oct. 26 on CSS.
The following Thursday's trip to North Texas is the first of two midweek games to air on FSN, as both that Oct. 31 contest and the Nov. 21 game at UAB have been set for 6:30 p.m. starts.
Rice hosts Louisiana Tech on CBS Sports Network on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. for the team's Homecoming affair.
Broadcast arrangements are pending for the Owls' three remaining games, including the season opener at Texas A&M on Aug. 31.
The 2013 football season marks the third year of a multi-platform media rights agreement between Conference USA and FOX Sports Media Group broadcasting a minimum of 20 games. This season, FOX Sports 1, FOX's new national sports cable network launching this August, is scheduled to televise a minimum of 10 regular-season Conference USA football games. Additional games will again be carried nationally on FOX Sports Networks owned-and-affiliated regional networks which reach more than 85 million homes and FOX College Sports.
This season marks the ninth year of C-USA's partnership with CBS Sports Network that includes significant national and regional exposure for football, men's and women's basketball and other C-USA sports. CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour home of CBS.
CBS Sports Network will nationally carry a minimum of 13 C-USA football games during the 2013 season, including eight conference match-ups. Live game coverage kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 31 with Miami (Ohio) visiting Marshall, followed on Sept. 7 by FIU's first home game as a member of C-USA vs. UCF and Colorado State at Tulsa, as part of a doubleheader.
As part of the league's agreement with CBS Sports Network, 10 games have been sub-licensed for regional broadcast on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS). All 10 of those games will be league matchups. The 2013 C-USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 7 is scheduled to air on either ESPN or ESPN 2. It marks the ninth straight year that the C-USA Championship will air on the ESPN Family of Networks