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Conference USA Makes Big Strides


With four Texas universities in its arsenal, and a handful of other, nearby schools on the rise, Conference USA has become a recognizable force on the college football spectrum. Texas travelers looking to cheer on their favorite school have a range of options this fall.

Houston, the southeastern metropolis of Texas, is home to both Rice University, and the University of Houston – less than eight miles separate the two schools. The Rice Owls’ first year of competitive football action was 1912. Since then, Rice has moderate success, playing in nice bowl games over that span. Come game day, head over to Rice Stadium and watch as the Owls swoop in on the competition in hopes of earning another bowl game invitation.

The University of Houston, just minutes away from Rice University, has fielded a competitive football programs since 1946. One of the original members of Conference USA, the Houston Cougars play all home games at Robertson Stadium – a 32,000-seat venue that fills up quickly on game day. When you’re traveling through the Houston area, be sure to check out some of the local flair and charm with a visit to the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, or tour Space Center Hoston.

The farthest west of all the Conference USA schools in Texas is the University of Texas-El Paso. Set in the city of El Paso, which borders New Mexico, UTEP joined Conference USA in 2005, and plays all their home games at Sun Bowl Stadium. Before all the excitement of college football game day, check out the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo – this Native American tribe was established in 1682, and is one of three sovereign nations within Texas; a truly unique experience.

For those exploring Dallas, enjoy the exciting college game day experience when you visit Southern Methodist University. Commonly known as SMU, the Mustangs joined Conference USA in 2005, and play all home football games at Gerald R. Ford Stadium – join 32,000 other Mustang fans during the fall and enjoy the hard-hitting, fast paced action of college football. SMU will be joing the Big East Conference in 2013. Before the game, take the family to the Dallas World Aquarium and Zoological Garden, or check out the Dallas Zoo.


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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


BEST WESTERN Sunland Park Inn

1045 Sunland Park Drive, El Paso TX 79922-1325
Phone: (915) 587-4900  |  Fax: (915) 587-4950  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


BEST WESTERN PLUS Westchase Mini-Suites

2950 W Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston TX 77042-3604
Phone: (713) 782-1515  |  Fax: (713) 782-9996  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »



10521 East Freeway, Houston TX 77029-1926
Phone: (713) 670-9100  |  Fax: (713) 670-9088  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


BEST WESTERN PLUS North Houston Inn & Suites

14753 North Freeway, Houston TX 77090-6503
Phone: (281) 873-7575  |  Fax: (281) 873-7594  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


BEST WESTERN PLUS Northwest Inn & Suites

11611 Northwest Freeway, Houston TX 77092-6257
Phone: (713) 290-1400  |  Fax: (713) 290-1740  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


BEST WESTERN PLUS Downtown Inn & Suites

915 W Dallas Street, Houston TX 77019-4739
Phone: (713) 571-7733  |  Fax: (713) 571-6680  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


BEST WESTERN Fountainview Inn & Suites Near Galleria

6229 Richmond Avenue, Houston TX 77057-6211
Phone: (713) 783-8388  |  Fax: (713) 783-8988  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


BEST WESTERN Plaza Hotel & Suites at Medical Center

6700 S Main Street, Houston TX 77030
Phone: (713) 522-2811  |  Fax: (713) 522-2607  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


BEST WESTERN Windsor Suites

13371 FM 1960 Road W, Houston TX 77065-4001
Phone: (281) 807-4007  |  Fax: (281) 807-4008  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


BEST WESTERN PLUS Sam Houston Inn & Suites

8049 N Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston TX 77064-3456
Phone: (281) 970-7777  |  Fax: (281) 894-2689  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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