June 14, 2012
A year-long commemoration of Rice University's Centennial will culminate at Rice Stadium when the Owls host UTSA in a 2:30 kickoff on October 13. Game times for most of the 2012 home schedule were announced on Thursday as part of Conference USA's release of its 2012 football television broadcast schedule with its three broadcast partners, CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports Networks and Comcast Sports.
Rice games with UCLA, Marshall, Houston, Tulsa, Southern Miss and SMU have been selected for broadcast, while the Owls' road game at Louisiana Tech will be carried over the internet by ESPN3. Home game times were released for all games but Marshall, pending a final decision from Comcast Sports.
The Owls will help usher in the 2012 college football season when they host the UCLA Bruins on Thursday, August 30 for a 6:30 kickoff that will be broadcast nationally by CBS Sports Network. The Owls then hit the road for a pair of contests at Kansas (September 8) and Louisiana Tech (September 15), before returning home to play in front of the Comcast Sports cameras on September 22 when they host the Marshall Thundering Herd. Final kickoff time for this game is still pending.
Rice and Houston will take their annual battle for the Bayou Bucket off campus for the first time since 2004 when the schools compete for the trophy at Reliant Stadium on September 29. Kickoff is set for 2:30 and will be broadcast by Fox Sports Network.
In addition to serving as the centerpiece to the Centennial Celebration, the UTSA game will also serve as the annual Homecoming celebration.
The Owls return to the Fox Sports Network airwaves on October 20 when they head north to face Tulsa in a 2:30 contest that will be Rice's lone road telecast.
Rice will close out its home schedule with a pair of games carried by Comcast Sports. Southern Miss makes its second appearance at Rice Stadium for a noon kickoff on October 27, while the Owls will celebrate Senior Day when they host SMU on November 17 at 2:30.
The Owls will open preparations for the 2012 season on Friday, August 3 when the squad members report for the start of fall camp. Season tickets are currently on sale for the 2012 season at the Rice Athletic Ticket Office (713) 522-OWLS.
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