The Rice Owls football program represents Rice University in the sport of American football. The team competes at the NCAA Division I FBS level and compete in the American Athletic Conference. Rice Stadium, built in 1950, hosts the Owls’ home football games. Rice fielded its first football team in 1912, not long after opening its doors. Three years later, it joined the Southwest Conference (SWC) as a charter member. From 1964 to 1991, Rice had only one overall winning season, and only finished as high as third in SWC play once. They didn’t get significant achievements until Todd Graham became head coach in 2006, and led the Owls to their first bowl game in 35 years. He left after only one year and was succeeded by David Bailiff, who took the Owls to three bowl games in 11 years, including their first 10-win seasons in half a century. The Owls played in the eighteenth Cotton Bowl Classic against the Crimson Tide of Alabama. Rice would win the game 28–6, this would be the Owls’ last bowl win until the 2008 Texas Bowl, a win which also secured the Owls their first 10-win season since 1949.