Texas Bowl

Texas Bowl
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
Stadium NRG Stadium
Location Houston, Texas
Operated 2006–present
Conference tie-ins Big 12, SEC
Previous conference tie-ins
Payout US$3 million per team (as of 2015)[1]
Preceded by Houston Bowl
Former names
  • Texas Bowl (20062010)
  • Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (20112012)
  • Texas Bowl (2013)
  • AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (20142016)
2016 matchup
Texas A&M vs. Kansas State
(Kansas State 33–28)
2017 matchup
Missouri vs Texas (Texas 33–16)

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

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.[2] 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.[3]

Texas Bowl introduction

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.[4]

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."[5]

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 Plus 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.[6]

On February 12, 2014, it was announced that AdvoCare will be the title sponsor for the bowl game.[7] That sponsorship concluded after the 2016 game.

On November 15, 2017, Academy Sports + Outdoors became the new title sponsor of the bowl.[8]

Conference tie-ins

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 200609 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.[9]

Game results

SeasonDateTime (CST)TeamsAttendanceTV
2006December 287:00 PMNo. 16 Rutgers37Kansas State1052,210NFL Network
2007December 287:00 PMTCU20Houston1362,097
2008December 307:00 PMRice38Western Michigan1458,880
2009December 312:30 PMNavy35Missouri1369,441ESPN
2010December 295:00 PMIllinois38Baylor1468,211
2011December 3111:00 AMTexas A&M33Northwestern2268,395
2012December 288:00 PMTexas Tech34Minnesota3150,386
2013December 275:00 PMSyracuse21Minnesota1732,327
2014December 298:00 PMArkansas31Texas771,115
2015December 298:00 PMLSU56Texas Tech2771,307
2016December 288:00 PMKansas State33Texas A&M2868,412
2017December 278:00 PMTexas33Missouri1667,820


2006Ray RiceRutgersRB
2007Andy DaltonTCUQB
2008Chase ClementRiceQB
2009Ricky DobbsNavyQB
2010Mikel LeshoureIllinoisRB
2011Ryan TannehillTexas A&MQB
2012Seth DoegeTexas TechQB
2013Terrel HuntSyracuseQB
2014Brandon AllenArkansasQB
2015Leonard FournetteLSURB
2016Jesse ErtzKansas StateQB
2017Michael DicksonTexasP

Most appearances

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
T1Kansas State21–1
T1Texas A&M21–1
T1Texas Tech21–1
Teams with a single appearance

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

Appearances by conference

Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 12 games (24 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
1Big 12945.444
T2Big Ten413.250
T5Big East[n 1]1101.000
T5Independents[n 2]1101.000
T5Mountain West1101.000
  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)

See also


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