Texas Bowl

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Texas Bowl
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
Texas Bowl Logo
Stadium NRG Stadium
Location Houston, Texas
Operated 2006–present
Conference tie-ins Big 12, SEC
Previous conference tie-ins
Payout US$1.7 million per team (as of 2010[1])
Former names
  • Texas Bowl (2006–2010)
  • Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (2011–2012)
  • Texas Bowl (2013)
2015 matchup
LSU vs. Texas Tech (LSU 56–27)

The Texas Bowl (officially known as the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl for sponsorship reasons, and formerly known as the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas) is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football bowl game that was held for the first time in 2006 in Houston, Texas. The bowl replaced the now-defunct Houston Bowl, which was played annually from 2000 to 2005. The first bowl game in Houston was the Bluebonnet Bowl, played from 1959 through 1987.

Replacing the Houston Bowl

Speculation had 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 NFL's Houston Texans, who also play in Reliant Stadium, to take over game management. Then on July 20, the NFL Network acquired both TV rights and naming rights to the bowl, which was played on December 28.[3]

The Texas Bowl name and logo were officially unveiled on August 10, 2006, at a press conference along with the 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 April 12, 2011 ESPN announced that Meineke Car Care had signed a three-year title sponsorship deal beginning in 2011 to change the name of the bowl to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.[5]

On December 3, 2006, Rutgers accepted an invitation to play Kansas State on December 28 at Reliant Stadium. "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]

On May 17, 2007, Conference USA announced that it 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.

2010 marked the eleventh straight year that a bowl game has been played in Houston, and the 40th year overall with such a 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.

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.[7]

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

Game results

Season Date Time (CDT) Teams Attendance TV
2006 December 28 7:00 PM Rutgers 37 Kansas State 10 52,210 NFL Network
2007 December 28 7:00 PM TCU 20 Houston 13 62,097
2008 December 30 7:00 PM Rice 38 Western Michigan 14 58,880
2009 December 31 2:30 PM Navy 35 Missouri 13 69,441 ESPN
2010 December 29 5:00 PM Illinois 38 Baylor 14 68,211
2011 December 31 11:00 AM Texas A&M 33 Northwestern 22 68,395
2012 December 28 8:00 PM Texas Tech 34 Minnesota 31 50,386
2013 December 27 5:00 PM Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 32,327
2014 December 29 8:00 PM Arkansas 31 Texas 7 71,115
2015 December 29 8:00 PM LSU 56 Texas Tech 27 71,307


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

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Texas Tech 2 1–1
T1 Minnesota 2 0–2
T2 Arkansas 1 1–0
T2 Illinois 1 1–0
T2 LSU 1 1–0
T2 Navy 1 1–0
T2 Rice 1 1–0
T2 Rutgers 1 1–0
T2 Syracuse 1 1–0
T2 TCU 1 1–0
T2 Texas A&M 1 1–0
T2 Baylor 1 0–1
T2 Houston 1 0–1
T2 Kansas State 1 0–1
T2 Missouri 1 0–1
T2 Northwestern 1 0–1
T2 Texas 1 0–1
T2 Western Michigan 1 0–1

Wins by conference

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
SEC 2 0 1.000
Big 12 2 5 .286
ACC 1 0 1.000
Big East 1 0 1.000
Independent 1 0 1.000
MWC 1 0 1.000
C-USA 1 1 .500
Big Ten 1 3 .250
MAC 0 1 .000


  1. Barron, David (2011-04-12). "Texas Bowl, Houston to get a boost with Meineke". Houston Chronicle.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Houston Bowl in jeopardy". Big12 & more. Retrieved 29 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/9563385
  4. http://www.houstontexans.com/news/detail.php?PRKey=2736
  5. Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas for three years
  6. JOSEPH DUARTE, Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle (3 December 2006). "Rutgers to play in inaugural Texas Bowl". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 29 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Murphy, Austin, and Dan Wetzel, "Does It Matter?", Sports Illustrated, 15 November 2010, p. 47.
  8. On December 29, 2014, 2014 Texas Longhorn football team|Texas will host Arkansas Razorbacks football team|Arkansas Advocare, LSSE excited for Texas Bowl partnership

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