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College Football Betting Online: Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the number of college football bowl games. The Texas Bowl has been played annually in Houston’s 72,000-seat NRG Stadium since 2006, replacing the now-defunct Houston Bowl, which ran from 2000 to 2005.
The 2017 Texas Bowl will take place on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston. ESPN will have all of the action starting at 9 p.m. ET.
Texas Bowl Format
One of 13 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, the Texas Bowl features teams from two of the premier conferences in the Big 12 and Southeastern for the next three years, as long as the league’s have enough qualifying teams. The affiliation has worked well with the Texas Bowl being among the five most attended bowl games for three consecutive seasons.
Texas Bowl Game Results
|Season ||Winners ||Losers|
|2016||Kansas State||Texas A&M|
Poor management and the loss of its title sponsor put the Houston Bowl in trouble. Eventually the NFL’s Houston Texans took over operations and continued the tradition of a college bowl game in the state’s largest city. The Bluebonnet Bowl played in Houston from 1959 through 1987. Though there was no gap between the Houston and Texas Bowl during the transition, they are separate entities.
The Big 12, Big East, Conference USA and TCU all affiliated with the game at its inception. The inaugural Texas Bowl was played in Reliant Stadium on December 28, 2006 between Kansas State from the Big 12 and Rutgers from the Big East.
In 2010 the Texas Bowl reached an agreement with the Big Ten Conference to supply a competing team. In the first game of the new partnership the Baylor Bears ended a 14-year bowl drought but were defeated 38-14 by Illinois. A school from within the state of Texas has played in the game eight times in the 11 contests.
In 2011 the bowl reached a three-year sponsorship agreement with Meineke Car Care Centers and the game became known as the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Texas-based AdvoCare International, a distributor of nutritional supplements, took over naming rights in 2014 and the name was changed to the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl.
The 2013 matchup between Minnesota and Syracuse was the last of the Big 12/Big Ten affiliation. Syracuse accepted an at-large invitation after the Big 12 failed to generate a qualified team. The current pact with the Big 12 and SEC took effect in 2014 with Arkansas beating Texas 31-7 before a sell-out crowd at NRG Stadium.
The Big 12 got its first win in the current setup last season when 4-point underdog Kansas State knocked off Texas A&M 33-28. It was the first meeting between the former Big 12 rivals since the Aggies bolted for the SEC following the 2011 season. The game attracted over 68,000 fans making it one of the highest attended bowl games for the third consecutive season.
Most All-Time Wins at Texas Bowl
|Wins ||Team ||Years Won|
Though there are four teams who have played in the Texas Bowl twice, there has yet to be a team win the game on multiple occasions. The Texas Bowl has 11 different winners in its 11 seasons in existence. Only one of the four teams which has played in the Texas Bowl (Minnesota) has gone on to lose the game twice, while Kansas State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech each have a win and a loss to their credit.
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