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    Jan. 18, 2013

    HOUSTON -The Big East Conference announced Friday conference opponents and home/away designations for the 2013 football season. Dates and times will be released at a later date.

    In its first season in the Big East, Houston will welcome Memphis, Cincinnati, SMU and USF to the nation's fourth-largest city while traveling to Louisville, Temple, UCF and Rutgers.

    In non-conference action, Houston will host BYU and Southern, travel to UTSA and face crosstown rival Rice for the Bayou Bucket at Reliant Stadium.

    Houston will play in three of the nation's seven-largest cities in Houston, Philadelphia (Temple) and San Antonio (UTSA) while playing within 40 miles of America's largest city, New York City, when it visits Rutgers.

    Houston owns a combined record of 51-38-1 against seven of its eight 2013 Big East opponents. Houston owns winning records against Memphis (11-9), Cincinnati (13-8), SMU (17-10-1) and Temple (2-0). The Cougars are 7-7 against Louisville, 0-2 vs. USF and 1-2 vs. UCF. The Cougars have never faced Rutgers.

    In non-conference action, it will be a first-time Cougar battle as BYU and Houston have never faced each other while UH's trip to San Antonio will also mark the first time the two teams have faced off. Houston defeated Southern, 55-3, in the only previous meeting between the two teams on August 30, 2008. The Cougars own a record of 18-9-1 against Rice including wins in the last seven meetings.

     Opponent  Series  Last Meeting
     BYU  Never Played  Never Played
     Cincinnati  UH leads 13-8  Cincinnati 47, UH 14, 2002
     Louisville  Series tied 7-7  Louisville 65, UH 27, 2004
     Memphis  UH leads 11-9  UH 56, Memphis 17, 2010
     Rice  UH leads 28-11  UH 35, Rice 14, 2012
     Rutgers  Never Played  Never Played
     Southern  UH leads 1-0  UH 55, SU 3, 2008
     SMU  UH leads 17-10-1  SMU 72, UH 42, 2012
     Temple  UH leads 2-0  UH 65, Temple 7, 1989
     UCF  UCF leads 2-1  UCF 40, UH 33, 2010
     USF  USF leads 2-0  USF 32, UH 14, 2002
     UTSA  Never Played  Never Played



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