Two of four new foes – UTSA and Louisiana Tech – were on the Owls schedule last season as nonconference opponents. Florida Atlantic has never appeared on Rice’s schedule. A relatively new program, the FAU Owls are one of several teams making the transition from the Sun Belt to Conference USA.
The two Owls square off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Rice Stadium. The game will be broadcast on Fox College Sports.
While the x’s and o’s of the game can be dissected at another time, here’s a primer on Florida Atlantic University, including the history, notable alumni, football traditions and fun facts.