HOUSTON – The 2018 Houston Football schedule was released Tuesday as The American Athletic Conference announced dates for its members' conference showdowns.
The #HTownTakeover opens the season with its four non-conference games staying in Houston for three of the first four weeks, including a season-opening clash at crosstown rival Rice on Sept. 1. Houston opens its home slate at TDECU Stadium on Sept. 8 when it welcome Arizona, led by Heisman candidate quarterback Khalil Tate and former Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin.
A trip to Lubbock, Texas, to face Texas Tech is on tap for Sept. 15 before the Cougars wrap up their non-conference schedule at home vs. Texas Southern on Sept. 22.
Following its non-conference schedule and its bye week on Sept. 29, Houston’s conference slate opens Thursday, Oct. 4 when the Cougars host Tulsa in a nationally-televised game on ESPN. Houston leaves the state of Texas for the first time for back-to-back road games against American foes, traveling first to ECU on Oct. 13, and to Navy on Oct. 20.
UH returns home Oct. 27 to face USF before traveling up I-45 for the Lone Star State Showdown at SMU on Nov. 3.
Houston’s final three games of the regular season begin with back-to-back home games against Temple (Nov. 10) and Tulane (Nov. 15) in a nationally-televised game on ESPN before a Black Friday tilt at Memphis on Nov. 23.
The American’s fourth conference championship game is slated for Saturday, Dec. 1, and will pit the winner of the West Division against the winner of the East Division at the home site of the top division winner on either ABC or ESPN.
Kickoff times for the first three weeks of the season are typically determined by mid-June. For games past the first three weeks of the season, kickoff times will be set by conference TV partners 12 days out, or in limited instances, six days out.
2018 Houston Football Schedule
Sept. 1 – at Rice
Sept. 8 – Arizona
Sept. 15 – at Texas Tech
Sept. 22 – Texas Southern
Oct. 4 – Tulsa
Oct. 13 – at ECU
Oct. 20 – at Navy
Oct. 27 – USF
Nov. 3 – at SMU
Nov. 10 – Temple
Nov. 15 – Tulane
Nov. 23 – at Memphis
Dec. 1 – The American Championship (ABC/ESPN)