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Conference USA Makes Big Strides in Texas
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.
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, UTEP joined Conference USA in 2005, and plays all their home games at Sun Bowl Stadium.
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 joined the Big East Conference in 2013.
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