Texas Bowl

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Texas Bowl
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
Academy Texas Bowl.jpg
StadiumNRG Stadium
LocationHouston, Texas
Conference tie-insBig 12, SEC
Previous conference tie-ins
PayoutUS$3 million per team (as of 2015)[1]
Preceded byHouston Bowl
Former names
  • Texas Bowl (2006–2010)
  • Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (2011–2012)
  • Texas Bowl (2013)
  • AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (2014–2016)
2018 matchup
Baylor vs Vanderbilt (Baylor 45–38)
2019 matchup
Big 12 vs. SEC[2] (December 27, 2019)

The Texas Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football bowl game first held in 2006 in Houston, Texas. The bowl replaced the defunct Houston Bowl, which played annually from 2000 to 2005, and before that the Bluebonnet Bowl, the first bowl game in Houston, played from 1959 through 1987.

Since 2017, the game has been sponsored by Academy Sports + Outdoors and officially known as the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. The game was previous the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl from 2014 to 2016, with AdvoCare as the title sponsor. From 2011 to 2012, the game was sponsored by Meineke Car Care and officially known as the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.


Replacing the Houston Bowl[edit]

Speculation surfaced questioning the long-term survival of the former Houston Bowl. The three-year contract with EV1.net expired on December 31, 2005, leaving the bowl game without a title sponsor. A college football official told the Houston Chronicle that the bowl was in danger of ceasing operations, as a result of the game losing its title sponsor and because the Houston Bowl still owed roughly $600,000 to the Big 12 and Mountain West conferences following the 2005 game.[3] However, the NCAA approved Lone Star Sports & Entertainment, a division of the Houston Texans, who also play in Reliant Stadium, to take over game management. In July 2006, the NFL Network acquired TV rights and naming rights to the bowl.[4]

Texas Bowl introduction[edit]

The Texas Bowl name and logo were officially unveiled on August 10, 2006, at a press conference along with conference affiliations for the bowl spots. The Big 12, Big East and Conference USA will be affiliated with the game, as well as Texas Christian University of the Mountain West. The 2006 matchup featured teams from the Big 12 and Big East Conferences.[5]

On December 3, 2006, Rutgers accepted an invitation to play Kansas State in the inaugural Texas Bowl. "We're ecstatic about having Rutgers," Texas Bowl director David Brady said. "This is a top-15 team that was three yards away from a BCS game. We couldn't be happier to have them here."[6]

2010 marked the eleventh consecutive year a bowl game has played in Houston, and the 40th year overall with a bowl game there (the Bluebonnet Bowl lasted 29 years). It was also announced on December 30, 2009, that ESPN Events would take over as part owner and operator of the game, while Lone Star Sports and Entertainment will maintain a stake in the bowl, and would be carried on ESPN.


On April 12, 2011, ESPN announced Meineke Car Care signed a three-year title sponsorship deal beginning in 2011, changing name of the bowl to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.[7]

On February 12, 2014, it was announced that AdvoCare will be the title sponsor for the bowl game.[8] That sponsorship concluded after the 2016 game.

On November 15, 2017, Academy Sports + Outdoors became the new title sponsor of the bowl.[9]

Conference tie-ins[edit]

On May 17, 2007, it was announced Conference USA would have a team in the 2007 Texas Bowl. The Texas Bowl has a rotating commitment with the Big East Conference and Conference USA for 2006–09 while the Big 12 Conference will have a team in all four of those games. In 2007, TCU took the place of the Big 12 team when Kansas and Oklahoma were put into the BCS, and Houston, a "home team," represented C-USA. The conferences would receive $612,500 each as per the rules of the agreements as usually, the Big East (or Big 12) would have received $750,000 for playing and C-USA would have received a $500,000 stipend for their team playing.


According to Sports Illustrated, in 2008 the bowl required Western Michigan University to purchase 11,000 tickets at full price in order to accept the invitation to play in the bowl. The university was only able to sell 548 tickets at that price, forcing it to accept a $462,535 loss, before travel expenses, to pay for the privilege of playing in the bowl.[10]

Game results[edit]

Rankings are based on the AP Poll prior to the game being played.

Date Time (CST) Bowl name Winning team Losing team Attnd. TV
December 28, 2006 7:00 PM Texas Bowl No. 16 Rutgers 37 Kansas State 10 52,210 NFL
December 28, 2007 7:00 PM Texas Bowl TCU 20 Houston 13 62,097
December 30, 2008 7:00 PM Texas Bowl Rice 38 Western Michigan 14 58,880
December 31, 2009 2:30 PM Texas Bowl Navy 35 Missouri 13 69,441 ESPN
December 29, 2010 5:00 PM Texas Bowl Illinois 38 Baylor 14 68,211
December 31, 2011 11:00 AM Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Texas A&M 33 Northwestern 22 68,395
December 28, 2012 8:00 PM Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Texas Tech 34 Minnesota 31 50,386
December 27, 2013 5:00 PM Texas Bowl Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 32,327
December 29, 2014 8:00 PM Texas Bowl Arkansas 31 Texas 7 71,115
December 29, 2015 8:00 PM Texas Bowl No. 22 LSU 56 Texas Tech 27 71,307
December 28, 2016 8:00 PM Texas Bowl Kansas State 33 Texas A&M 28 68,412
December 27, 2017 8:00 PM Texas Bowl Texas 33 Missouri 16 67,820
December 27, 2018 8:00 PM Texas Bowl Baylor 45 Vanderbilt 38 51,104


Year MVP Team Position
2006 Ray Rice Rutgers RB
2007 Andy Dalton TCU QB
2008 Chase Clement Rice QB
2009 Ricky Dobbs Navy QB
2010 Mikel Leshoure Illinois RB
2011 Ryan Tannehill Texas A&M QB
2012 Seth Doege Texas Tech QB
2013 Terrel Hunt Syracuse QB
2014 Brandon Allen Arkansas QB
2015 Leonard Fournette LSU RB
2016 Jesse Ertz Kansas State QB
2017 Michael Dickson Texas P
2018 Charlie Brewer Baylor QB

Most appearances[edit]

Updated through the December 2018 edition (13 games, 26 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Baylor 2 1–1
T1 Kansas State 2 1–1
T1 Texas 2 1–1
T1 Texas A&M 2 1–1
T1 Texas Tech 2 1–1
T1 Minnesota 2 0–2
T1 Missouri 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Arkansas, Illinois, LSU, Navy, Rice, Rutgers, Syracuse, TCU
Lost: Houston, Northwestern, Western Michigan, Vanderbilt

Appearances by conference[edit]

Updated through the December 2018 edition (13 games, 26 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Win pct.
1 Big 12 10 5 5 .500
2 SEC 5 2 3 .400
3 Big Ten 4 1 3 .250
4 C-USA 2 1 1 .500
T5 ACC 1 1 0 1.000
T5 Big East[n 1] 1 1 0 1.000
T5 Independents[n 2] 1 1 0 1.000
T5 Mountain West 1 1 0 1.000
T5 MAC 1 0 1 .000
  1. ^ Rutgers (2006) appeared as a member of the Big East. Following the 2013 split of the original Big East along football lines, the FBS schools reorganized as the new American Athletic Conference, which retains the charter of the original Big East.
  2. ^ Navy (2009)

Game records[edit]

Team Record, Team vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored (one team) 56, LSU vs. Texas Tech 2015
Most points scored (losing team) 38, Vanderbilt vs. Baylor 2018
Most points scored (both teams) 83, shared by:
LSU (56) vs. Texas Tech (27)
Baylor (45) vs. Vanderbilt (38)
Fewest points allowed 7, Arkansas vs. Texas 2014
Largest margin of victory 29, LSU vs. Texas Tech 2015
Total yards
Rushing yards
Passing yards
First downs
Fewest yards allowed
Fewest rushing yards allowed
Fewest passing yards allowed

Media coverage[edit]

The first three editions of the bowl were televised by NFL Network. Since 2009, it has been carried by ESPN.


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  2. ^ "ESPN Events Reveals 2019-20 Bowl Season Slate". ESPN (Press release). May 23, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Duarte, Joseph (18 April 2006). "Houston Bowl in jeopardy". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. ^ "NFL Network gets bowl game in Houston". NFL.com. 20 July 2006. Archived from the original on 23 August 2006.
  5. ^ Chavez, Ana (29 August 2006). "Texas Bowl Board of Directors announced". houstontexans.com (Press release).
  6. ^ Duarte, Joseph (3 December 2006). "Rutgers to play in inaugural Texas Bowl". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  7. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (12 April 2011). "Texas Bowl gains new title sponsor". ESPN.com.
  8. ^ Cook, Kara (11 February 2014). "Advocare, LSSE excited for Texas Bowl partnership". houstontexans.com.
  9. ^ "ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS NAMED THE NEW TITLE SPONSOR OF THE TEXAS BOWL". academytexasbowl.com (Press release). November 15, 2017.
  10. ^ Murphy, Austin; Wetzel, Dan (15 November 2010). "Does It Matter?". Sports Illustrated. p. 47.

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