Rice football is Australia bound for opener

The Rice Owls football team will open its 2017 season facing the same opponent it met in the 2016 season finale — but this time in Australia. Rice and Stanford will meet in the second annual Sydney Cup Aug. 26 (Aug. 27 in Sydney). It will mark the first time the Owls have played a football game outside the United States as well as their earliest season opener.

Rice and Stanford met for the first time since 1964 to close out the 2016 regular season, with the Cardinals winning 41–17. “This is a unique opportunity for us, one that I’m not sure we will have again in the near future,” said Joe Karlgaard, Rice’s director of athletics. “For our football players, many of whom have never been abroad, this trip will be as much about experiencing a new culture as it will be about the game itself.” Anthony Travel, the fan travel partner for the Sydney Cup, is offering travel packages.

Interested fans can visit sydneycuptravel.com/rice, or call 877-260-0645. For all ticketing information, go to ticketek.com.au.