About the academy sports + outdoors Texas Bowl

Mission: To create a celebration of the culture, heritage and football tradition of the Lone Star State.

Our vision is to create a thrilling fan experience, deliver a memorable conference, school and athlete experience, positively impact our charity partner and establish Houston as one of the great bowl cities in America.


A Big-Ol’ Texas-Sized Bowl Game!

The NCAA awarded a new bowl game to Houston on June 27, 2006.

The inaugural Texas Bowl was played in Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, on December 28, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. The Texas Bowl featured Kansas State from the Big 12 and Rutgers from the Big East.

In 2007, the Bowl featured a clash of old Southwest Conference foes, TCU Horned Frogs (from the Mountain West) and the University of Houston (from Conference USA). TCU won 20–13, and the game was shown live on the NFL Network.

In the 2008 Texas Bowl, the Rice Owls defeated the Western Michigan Broncos 38–14.  The game featured two high-scoring offenses, but the Owls, led by quarterback Chase Clement, jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.  This was Rice’s first bowl victory since playing Alabama in the 1954 Cotton Bowl.

The 2009 Texas Bowl saw the Missouri Tigers face off against the Navy Midshipmen on New Year’s Eve at Reliant Stadium.  After the Tigers jumped out to an early lead, the Mids came back strong under the guidance of quarterback and Texas Bowl MVP Ricky Dobbs.  Navy earned their first bowl victory since 2005 by a final score of 35-13.

The 2010 Texas Bowl opened a new chapter in its history as it moved up in the Big 12 selection order and formed a new partnership with the Big Ten Conference. In the first game of this partnership, the Baylor Bears ended their 14 year bowl drought by taking on the Illinois Fighting Illini. After a record breaking performance, Mikel LeShoure took MVP honors as the Illini defeated the Bears 38-14.

In April 2011, the bowl began yet another new partnership as the game signed a three year agreement to become the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. That December, the Texas A&M Aggies & Northwestern Wildcats battle to a close finish, but the Aggies were able to pull away late for a 33-22 victory.

In 2012, the bowl game featured a showdown between the Texas Tech Red Raiders & Minnesota Golden Gophers. The game proved to be one of the most exiting in Texas Bowl history, as the Red Raiders pulled out a late win on a knuckleball field goal as time expired.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Syracuse Orange faced off on December 27th, 2013 in the last game of the Texas Bowl’s Big 12/Big Ten cycle. The Orange, who filled the Big 12’s slot after the conference wasn’t able to produce enough bowl-eligible teams, pulled out a last minute win over the Golden Gophers, sending Minnesota home from Houston with a loss for the second straight year.

2014 bought a new conference partners for the Texas Bowl, as the Texas Bowl has the 3rd pick in the Big 12 after the teams are selected for the College Football Playoff, and is a part of a pool of six bowls in the SEC who receive an SEC team following the selection of the College Football Playoff and Capital One Bowl.

2014 also brought a new title sponsor for the Texas Bowl, as the game became known as the Texas Bowl. The partnership aligns with the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, an ongoing season opening kickoff game at NRG Stadium.

The Arkansas Razorbacks defeated the Texas Longhorns 31-7 on December 29, 2014 in front of a sold out crowd at NRG Stadium.

In front of another sold-out crowd at NRG Stadium, the LSU Tigers defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders in 10th Annual Texas Bowl on Tuesday, December 29, 2015.

In 2016, the Kansas State Wildcats were victorious 33-28 over the Texas A&M Aggies on Wednesday, December 28th.

On November 15, 2017 the Texas Bowl aligned with Academy Sports + Outdoors as it’s new title sponsor and the bowl became known as the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl.


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