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2019 Texas Bowl - Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Texas A&M Aggies

Texas Bowl Betting

Former conference rivals square off for the first time in nearly decade at the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. For the sixth straight season a team from the Lone Star State makes an appearance with the Texas A&M Aggies taking on the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The two had many battles during their days in the Big 12 before A&M bolted for the SEC. The last meeting took place during the 2011 campaign with OSU securing its fourth straight victory in the series. The Aggies surfaced as a 7-point favorite in the second bowl game between the schools.

2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl at a Glance

Date: Friday, December 27, 2019

Time: 6:45 p.m. ET

Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

TV: ESPN

Matchup: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas A&M Aggies

Odds: Texas A&M -7, total 54.5

Texas Bowl Preview

Since winning four games in his first season at the helm of the Cowboys, Mike Gundy has led them to 14 straight bowls, the ninth-longest active streak in the country, while winning at least seven games every year. OSU takes a three-game bowl winning streak into its first Texas Bowl appearance after triumphs in the Liberty Bowl, Camping World Bowl and Alamo Bowl. Overall the Cowboys are 9-4 in bowl games under Gundy. They finished the regular season at 8-4 with two of those losses coming to Big 12 leaders Oklahoma and Baylor, who were both highly ranked at the time. A third loss came early in the season to a ranked Texas team and five turnovers led to a setback against Texas Tech. The Pokes did enough to earn a top-25 ranking at the conclusion of the regular year.

The big question for OSU surrounding this game is the status of Chuba Hubbard. There has been no definitive word yet on his availability with the NFL certainly in his future. Hubbard topped everyone during the regular season in rushing yards with 1,936, surpassing 100-yards in 11 of 12 games while going for more than 200 yards four times. He also ran for 21 touchdowns while averaging 6.3 yards per carry. With Hubbard chewing up the yards on the ground the Boys didn’t need to throw the football often. They could have Spencer Sanders back from a thumb injury, though, to give the offense another dimension. With Sanders sidelined the last two games, OSU produced its two lowest scoring games of the season.

If you want to talk about tough schedules and losses, look no further than Texas A&M. The Aggies ended the regular season with a 7-5 record, but according to Gundy they are the best team in the country with that record. Three of the losses were to Clemson, Alabama and LSU, all of which were ranked No. 1 in the country at the time. They also fell to No. 4 Georgia and No. 8 Auburn. That’s a tough load but at some point Jimbo Fisher is going to have to win those games to justify his exorbitant salary. In Jimbo’s first season the Aggies ended a three-game bowl losing streak by downing NC State 52-13 in the Gator Bowl. He is 6-2 all-time in the postseason, including a win over Auburn in the final BCS National Championship game.

The Aggies hung in their games against ranked foes until the finale with LSU that resulted in a 50-7 setback. And they won’t have their defensive leader for the Texas Bowl after tackle Justin Madubuike declared for the draft and opted to sit out. He led the team with 11.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. A bounce back game from Kellen Mond will certainly help their chances. He was 10 of 30 for 92 yards and three picks in the loss to LSU.

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 SEC for this year. The affiliation has worked well with the Texas Bowl being among the highest-attended bowl games over the past few seasons.

There definitely is a Lone Star state bias when it comes to this game with a Texas school making an appearance in six straight games and a representative from the state showing up in 11 of the 14 all-time matchups. We even saw an all-Texas battle in 2007 when TCU and Houston squared off with both making their first and so far only appearance in the game.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl Game Results

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2018 Baylor Vanderbilt 45-38
2017 Texas Missouri 33-16
2016 Kansas State Texas A&M 33-28
2015 LSU Texas Tech 56-27
2014 Arkansas Texas 31-7
2013 Syracuse Minnesota 21-17
2012 Texas Tech Minnesota 34-31
2011 Texas A&M Northwestern 33-22
2010 Illinois Baylor 38-14
2009 Navy Missouri 35-13
2008 Rice Western Michigan 38-14
2007 TCU Houston 20-13
2006 Rutgers Kansas State 37-10

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. 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 were 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.

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 in 2017 when 4-point underdog Kansas State knocked off Texas A&M 33-28 in the first meeting between the former Big 12 rivals since the Aggies bolted for the SEC. Texas made it two in a row for the Big 12 with a 33-16 win over Missouri in 2017. Baylor is the most recent winner of the Texas Bowl as it knocked off Vanderbilt by a score of 45-38 in an entertaining matchup in 2018. The Big 12 is known for its high-flying offenses and the Texas Bowl has been the benefactor with some fun contests over the years.

Most All-Time Wins at Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
1 Baylor 2018
1 Texas 2017
1 Kansas State 2016
1 LSU 2015
1 Arkansas 2014
1 Syracuse 2013
1 Texas Tech 2012
1 Texas A&M 2011
1 Illinois 2010
1 Navy 2009
1 Rice 2008
1 TCU 2007
1 Rutgers 2006

Texas and Missouri became the fifth and sixth teams to appear in two Texas Bowl games in 2017, but we have yet to witness a multi-game winner. We’ve watched 13 different teams hoist the trophy in the game’s 13-year existence, with Baylor the most recent of the group. Missouri joined Minnesota as the only two teams to lose both of its appearances, while Texas, Kansas State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech each have a win and a loss to their credit.

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. Academy Sports + Outdoors purchased naming rights prior to the 2017 game. There are a bunch of teams with one win at the Texas Bowl, and it’s possible someone breaks through in 2019 and picks up another victory for the first time.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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