Reporting Nate Griffin
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) - The two schools did not allow the new conference affiliation to interfere with their inner-city rivalry. That decision allows the Bayou Bucket rivalry game to stay alive in the City of Houston for the 2013 season.
Rice University and the University of Houston announced today that their Bayou Bucket Rivalry will be played during the 2013 season even with the Cougars officially moving to the Big East Conference July 1, 2013.
“It has always been our goal to do everything that we can to maintain the Bayou Bucket series,” says Rice Athletic Director Rick Greenspan.
“It’s obvious how much this game means to the players on both teams and we need to continue to make sure that future generations of Owls and Cougars will have the same opportunity to win the Bucket.”
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Reliant Stadium will be the host site for both games including the 2012 contest. While the time for the 2012 game has not yet been set and nor has the date or time for the 2013 contest, University of Houston Athletic Director Mack Rhoades realizes the importance of the rivalry game as well.
“We are excited this series will continue for the next two years and appreciate the efforts of everyone involved.”
“The Houston-Rice game is meaningful for our city, campuses and alumni, and we are pleased our football student-athletes will be able to enjoy this great intra-city rivalry.”
This is definitely a rivalry. Since 2000, Houston leads the series 7-5 and leads all-time 27-11.