San Jose State, Rice schedule 2030, 2031 home-and-home football series

By Kevin Kelley -

The San Jose State Spartans and the Rice Owls have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2030 and 2031, has learned.

A copy of the San Jose State-Rice football game contract was obtained from San Jose State University via a state public records request. The contract was executed on November 9, 2021.

In the first game of the series, San Jose State will travel to play Rice at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2030. The Spartans will host the Owls the following season at CEFCU Stadium in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2031, which will conclude the series.

San Jose State and Rice first met on the gridiron in 1998 in San Jose and have played a total of five contests. The Spartans won the most recent matchup in 2004, 70-63, to take a one-game advantage in the series at 3-2.

Rice is the first scheduled non-conference opponent for San Jose State for both the 2030 and 2031 seasons.

The Owls’ only other scheduled game for either season is on Sept. 6, 2031 on the road against the Northwestern Wildcats.

Both San Jose State and Rice have completed their 2021 seasons and neither team qualified for a post-season bowl game. San Jose State finished 5-7 overall and 3-5 in Mountain West action, while Rice went 4-8 overall and 3-5 in Conference USA play.

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Not the most exciting match-up for San Jose State but one where they should get a sweep. Rice and SJSU played some fun games back in the WAC and this will be no different.

Not sure why Rice would schedule SJS – since it doesn’t bring money or exposure. Perhaps hoping for a relatively easier win.

There needs to be more home and home series with mid-major sized schools.

A conscious effort to brand these series (e.g. MAC vs Sun Belt, American vs Mountain West) during opening week of college football season would get more TV eyeballs and possibly more in-stadium attendance for Group of Five schools/conferences.