Rice–SMU football rivalry
|First meeting||November 17, 1916
Rice 127, SMU 3
|Latest meeting||November 17, 2012
Rice 36, SMU 14
|All-time series||SMU leads, 48–41–1|
|Largest victory||Rice, 127–3 (1916)|
|Longest win streak||SMU, 10 (1977–86)|
|Current win streak||Rice, 1 (2012–present)|
The Rice–SMU football rivalry was an American college football rivalry between the Rice University Owls and Southern Methodist University Mustangs. The game was first played in 1916, and since 1998 the winner was awarded the Mayor's Cup. SMU leads the series 48–41–1.
The football squads of Rice University and Southern Methodist University, two of the smallest schools in NCAA Division I FBS first played in 1916, with Rice winning 127–3. In 1918, both schools joined the Southwest Conference, and from 1926 they played every year except for 1987 and 1988, after the NCAA gave SMU's football program the "death penalty" following a cheating scandal. They played in the same conference until 2012, beginning with the Southwest (1918–1995), then the Western Athletic Conference (1996–2005) and Conference USA (2005–2012). In that time they had met 90 times, with SMU leading 48–41–1.
In 1998 a traveling trophy, the "Mayor's Cup", was introduced to the series, and has been awarded to the winner each year. The Owls currently hold the trophy after the 2012 game and lead the trophy series 9–6. However, the future of the trophy is unclear, as SMU will leave Conference USA for the American Athletic Conference for the 2013 season, and no future games are scheduled.
|Rice victories||SMU victories||Tie games|
- "Rice vs Southern Methodist (TX)". http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/. College Football Data Warehouse. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012. External link in
- Joseph Duarte (November 17, 2012). "Rice beats SMU, must wait on Mayor's Cup". chron.com. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 14, 2012.