2014 Houston Football Schedule Announced
March 11, 2014
HOUSTON - With the announcement of The American Athletic Conference's conference schedule Tuesday, The University of Houston Football program announced its 2014 schedule which features seven home games including multiple 2013 bowl teams led by 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF.
"It's an exciting time for our University and our football program as we open our state-of-the-art stadium this fall and build upon last year's success. We look forward to hosting our passionate fan base seven times this year," said Houston Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades. "Our goal each season is to build a schedule that not only challenges our program but bolsters the strength of schedule component for playoff opportunities and excites our supporters. In addition to future series already announced with Arizona, Louisville and Texas Tech, we are in discussions with a number of other prominent programs on home-and-home series so our fans can enjoy their Coogs facing top teams in the city of Houston as well.
"We strive to never have more than one FCS team on our schedule in any season but were put in a tough situation this year when an FBS program we had counted on as a non-conference opponent decided not to play 10 months before the start of the season. With the lateness of the decision, we searched for a non-conference opponent at a time most FBS teams had full schedules. We reached out to every FBS team with an opening, or had the ability to play 13 games in 2014, and offered to travel in 2014 and were unable to receive a commitment each time. It was a frustrating process, but we are committed to strengthening our schedule for the future."
The American also announced ESPN national TV selections for two Houston games as the Cougars will travel to BYU on Thursday, Sept. 11, and host UCF on Thursday, Oct. 2, on the worldwide leader in sports broadcasting.
"We are looking forward to opening the new Houston Football Stadium this fall," said Houston head coach Tony Levine. "We have a very exciting schedule which will give our program tremendous exposure nationally, and our student-athletes and staff cannot wait to return to campus for seven games to see the stadium full of red."
Houston opens the season with back-to-back home games in the Houston Football Stadium. The first game in the stadium's history is slated for Friday, Aug. 29, vs. UTSA followed by a home tilt vs. Grambling on Sept. 6.
The Cougars will hit the road for the first time on Thursday, Sept. 11, when they face BYU in a nationally-televised ESPN showdown with BYU.
Following the first bye of the season, UH returns home on Saturday, Sept. 27, to Tennessee Tech, pending contract execution.
Houston returns to the national TV stage as it hosts 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF on Thursday, Oct. 2. UH then travels to Memphis on Saturday, Oct. 11, before hosting Temple for the first time since 1989 on Oct. 18.
The season's second bye on Oct. 25 is followed by a Nov. 1 trip to Tampa, Fla., to face USF before a return home on Nov. 8 to take on Tulane. Houston's third and final bye falls on Nov. 15.
The Cougars close out the 2014 regular season with three straight games including two on the road. UH's 2014 home finale falls on Saturday, Nov. 22, vs. Tulsa before Houston hits the road for back-to-back games.
The American's Texas showdown will occur on Friday, Nov. 28, as UH travels to Dallas to face SMU before closing the regular season on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Cincinnati.
2014 FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS
For those who want to purchase 2014 reserved season tickets, fans must place a $200 season ticket deposit at UHCougars.com that will give access to participate in a 24-hour Select-A-Seat process in May. The $200 deposit is not a fee and will go towards the cost of season tickets. Lower level reserved season tickets begin at just $200.