The Rice Owls and the UConn Huskies have scheduled a home-and-home football series for the 2023 and 2028 seasons, both schools announced on Friday.
In the first game of the series, Rice will host UConn at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. The series will conclude five seasons later when the Owls travel to face the Huskies at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2028.
The 2023 Rice-UConn matchup will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.
News of the Rice-UConn game in 2023 was first teased when UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict posted a screenshot of his schools’ 2023 schedule via the football scheduling service GRIDIRON, which most Division I teams use to build working schedules and locate possible opponents for future seasons.
This 2023 schedule snippet from ADDB reveals a ton of new info about UConn’s schedule:
9/2: NC State (was Duke)
9/23: Duke (was NCST)
10/7: @ Rice (new game)
11/18: Sacred Heart (date confirmed)
11/25: @ UMass (new game) https://t.co/q5MQaMQwHC
— Josh Gattis (@speed_in_space) February 12, 2022
As far as the remaining game changes and additions listed in the above tweet, nothing has been finalized yet based on a Freedom of Information Act request we received today from UConn.
As for Rice, UConn replaces a previously scheduled game at BYU that was slated for Sept. 29, 2023. BYU continues to purge games from their future schedules as they prepare to move from an Independent to the Big 12 in 2023.