USC Football To Host Rice In 2022

The teams last met in 1971.

The USC football team will host Rice in a non-conference home game in 2022, Trojan athletic director Pat Haden announced today (July 21).

The Trojans will meet the Owls of Conference USA on Sept. 3, 2022, in the Coliseum. It will be the teams’ first meeting since 1971.

USC holds a 2-0-1 lead in the series. After a 7-7 tie in the Coliseum in 1947, the Trojans posted a 7-0 win at home in 1948 and then a 24-0 victory in Houston in 1971. .

The Trojans play 3 non-conference games annually, including their long-standing yearly series against Notre Dame that in 2013 was extended through 2023. USC’s previously announced upcoming non-league games include a 2016 season opener against Alabama in the Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex., a home-and-home series against Texas in 2017 (in Los Angeles) and 2018 (Austin) and a 3-game series with BYU in 2019 (away), 2021 (home) and 2023 (home), plus home games versus Utah State (2016), Western Michigan (2017), UNLV (2019) and New Mexico (2020).

USC opens this season by hosting non-conference foes Arkansas State on Sept. 5 and then Idaho on Sept. 12.

In the past 16 years, Troy also has played Ohio State, Auburn, Nebraska, Penn State, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Syracuse, Boston College, Hawaii, Minnesota, Virginia and Fresno State on its regular season non-conference slate.

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