The 2021 Rice Football scheduled has been released. If all goes according to plan, we now know when and where the Owls will play this fall.
The offseason is moving quickly as teams across the country progress toward what will hopefully be a more convention season next fall. Players are returning to campus, including some key members of the Rice football senior class ($), and schedules are being released.
Today marks the announcement of the 2021 Rice Football schedule. It features four non-conference matchups and eight Conference USA games. The Owls will have six home games and six road games.
2021 Rice Football schedule
- at Arkansas – Sept. 4
- vs Houston – Sept. 11
- at Texas – Sept. 18
- vs Texas Southern – Sept. 25
- vs Southern Miss – Oct. 2
- at UTSA – Oct. 16
- at UAB – Oct. 23
- vs North Texas – Oct. 30
- at Charlotte – Nov. 6
- vs WKU – Nov. 13
- at UTEP – Nov. 20
- vs Louisiana Tech – Nov. 27
- Conference USA Championship Game – Dec. 4
The non-conference slate will be challenging. Rice visits Arkansas on Sep. 4 and Texas on Sept. 18, the only Power 5 opponents on the schedule. Rice last visited Austin in 2015 but hasn’t played the Razorbacks home or away since 1991. The Owls also plan to resume the Bayou Bucket rivaly against Houston. Last year’s meeting was postponed.
Rice draws Charlotte and Western Kentucky as their East Division opponents. The Owls’ are 2-0 against Charlotte all-time and 0-2 against Western Kentucky.
The 2020 Rice Football scheduled fluctuated several times because of COVID-19 postponements and cancelations. First came the cancellation of the non-conference slate. Then adjustments to the Owls’ start date. Once the season began, three different games were postponed by the Owls’ opponents. Rice would end the season with just five of their originally 12 scheduled games completed.