Houston hosts Rice at TDECU Stadium in Houston on Thursday, Sept. 3, the first of 80 regular-season FBS games in the state of Texas, or nearly 10 percent of all regular-season FBS games scheduled for 2020.
The 839 FBS regular-season games will be played in 142 different stadiums in 136 different cities, 41 different states, and two countries from Aug. 29 through Nov. 28. The Rice-Houston game is one of 333 games west of the Mississippi River, seven more than last year when 326 west-of-the-Mississippi games in 2019.
And the Rice-Houston game is one of 14 games in Houston, one of only two cities with more than eight games (Atlanta, 16). Charlotte ranks third with eight games, followed by 52 cities with seven games apiece. Of the 136 different cities scheduled to host one game, 128 will host at least five, while seven will host only one game, including Dublin, Ireland, where Navy and Notre Dame are scheduled to play in Week 0.
The nine states that won't host a game are the only nine states in the country that aren't home to an FBS team: Alaska, Delaware, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont.
The 80 games in Texas will be played in 12 different cities, 11 of which are home to at least one FBS team; Arlington, home to AT&T Stadium, will host of Alabama vs. USC in Week 1 and Arkansas vs. Texas A&M in Week 4.
Ohio ranks second with 49 games, followed by North Carolina (46), Florida (45), and California (43). Alabama (32) and Michigan (31) are the only other states with at least 30 games.