The Rice Owls will open the 2016 and 2017 seasons against the Stanford Cardinal.
The home-and-home series between Rice and Stanford was announced back in August 2011, but dates and locations were just posted to Rice’s official website last week.
In the first game of the series, Rice will travel to face Stanford at Stanford Stadium on Sept. 3, 2016. The second and final game will be played at Rice Stadium in Houston on Sept. 2, 2017.
Rice and Stanford first met on the gridiron in 1957. The two have played four games overall and the Owls lead the series 3-1.
There were also a few other changes to Rice’s future football schedules:
- The 2015 game vs. Army was moved up one week from Oct. 24 to Oct. 17.
- Two games vs. Army were added. Rice will travel to Army on Sept. 10, 2016 and will host the Black Knights on Sept. 23, 2017.
- The 2017-18 home-and-home series vs. Wake Forest appears to have changed to 2018 and an undetermined date. Rice will play at Wake Forest on Sept. 15, 2018.
- A game at Oklahoma State in 2017 was removed.