FIU has played Rice in several other sports before including baseball the last few years. But the Panthers and the Owls meet on the gridiron for the first time on Saturday at FIU Stadium at 12 noon. You can listen to the game on ESPN 1210 AM with Mike Levine and yours truly calling the game. Pregame show starts at 11:30 a.m.
Rice will be the third of four new opponents to take on FIU this season after Wagner, UTSA and next week's foe OId Dominion so this calls for another installment of The Other Game. FIU enters this version of The Other Game on a 56-game winning streak. Will the Panthers make it 57 in a row?
FIU vs. Rice -- The Other Game
-- FIU has a Harley as in linebackers coach Rob Harley. Rice has a Ford as in safety Ford Corbett. Everyone knows that the acronym for Ford cars is Fix Or Repair Daily. FIU 1, Rice 0.
-- FIU was built on land that was once an airport. To this day the control tower of that airport has been preserved and is a historic building on campus. Not a bad backstory for the university. Rice University opened after its founder, William Marsh Rice, was murdered by his butler and his lawyer, who were eventually caught when a fake will was discovered. Although it was a tragic way to begin a university it certainly makes for a very interesting back story. FIU 1, Rice 1.
-- Rice's president is named David Leebron and I'm sure he's done a good job to lead a fine school like Rice. FIU is in Miami where a fellow by the name of LeBron worked for the city's pro basketball team the last four years and is now gone. With the NBA season tipping off last night, still don't know if that was such a bad thing. PUSH. FIU 1, Rice 1, PUSH 1.
-- Walk across the street from Rice University and you have an 18-hole golf course at Hermann Park. FIU's nearest golf course is the Miccosukee about 15 minutes away by car. Nothing beats walking to the golf course. Rice 2, FIU 1, PUSH 1.
-- In Miami you can find a variety of tasty rice and beans dishes from the Cuban moros and congri to the Nicaraguan gallo pinto. They might have those dishes in Houston but I'll guarantee you they don't taste as good as the Miami versions. Rice 2, FIU 2, PUSH 1.
-- Rice's owl mascot, Sammy, got its name after it was rescued from Texas A&M kidnappers. FIU's panther mascot is named Roary. Try kidnapping a panther, plus panthers eat owls. 2 points for this one. FIU 4, Rice 2, PUSH 1.
-- FIU Stadium is 12 years old, six years old if you go by the re-opening after the renovation. The Panthers' home hasn't really hosted big events yet outside of FIU clinching the Sun Belt Conference championship in 2010. Rice Stadium opened in 1950 and hosted Super Bowl VIII when the Miami Dolphins defeated the Minnesota Vikings. Plus, Rice Stadium was the venue for President John F. Kennedy's speech about going to the moon. History wins here. FIU 4, Rice 3, PUSH 1.
-- FIU has a sheriff in defensive lineman Jermaine Sheriff. Going by Hollywood sheriffs, you have Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Grifftin Show), Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (Dukes of Hazzard). Rice has Callahan as in cornerback Bryce Callahan. Going by Hollywood's most famous Callahan, Detective Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood's most iconic character). "Go Ahead Make My Day". FIU 4, Rice 4, PUSH 1.
-- FIU's most famous baseball alum Mike Lowell won three World Series, in 1998 with the New York Yankees, 2003 with the Florida Marlins and 2007 with the Boston Red Sox where Lowell was named Series MVP. Rice's most famous baseball alum Lance Berkman won one World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. FIU 5, Rice 4, PUSH 1.