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Report: Texas schedules three-game non-conference football series with Rice

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Playing a game in Houston at least once a decade makes recruiting sense for the Longhorns.

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The future non-conference schedule for the Texas Longhorns continues to come into focus, reportedly, as the Horns will travel to Houston to play the Rice Owls at NRG Stadium in 2019 and then host the Owls in Austin in two subsequent years, according to FBSchedules.com.

Rice will receive $1 million for playing the game at the home of the Houston Texans on September 14, 2019. In the first two weeks of that season, Texas will host USF and LSU. The two follow-up games will happen in 2021 and 2023 at a cost of $2.5 million to the Longhorns. The other non-conference games scheduled in those two seasons are a road trip to Arkansas in 2021 and a road trip to Ohio State in 2023, respectively.

The last matchup between the Owls and Longhorns in Houston came in 2010, an unsatisfying 34-17 victory that in many ways presaged the struggles to follow in a season where Texas went 5-7 and missed a bowl game. The Horns hold a 72-21-1 advantage in the lopsided series that last featured a 42-28 win last September.

If the report proves accurate, Texas currently has the non-conference schedule set in 2017 and 2019, with one game needed in 2018, and two games needed in 2020 to secure the opponents for the next five seasons.