Lone Star State is tops with 7 teams in bowls

Published on Sunday, 3 December 2017 21:22 - Written by PHIL HICKS, phicks@tylerpaper.com


From Bourbon Street to Waikiki Beach and all points in between, collegiate football teams from Texas are going bowling.

Some seven Lone Star teams received bids to the postseason, though none were invited to the coveted College Football Playoff or a New Year’s Six bowl.

The Texas teams and their bowls include:

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, North Texas (9-4) vs. Troy (10-2), Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, noon Dec. 16 (ESPN)

DXL Frisco Bowl, SMU (7-5) vs. Louisiana Tech (6-6), Toyota Stadium, Frisco, 7 p.m. Dec. 20 (ESPN)

Birmingham Bowl, Texas Tech (6-6) vs. South Florida (9-2), Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama, 11 a.m. Dec. 23 (ESPN)

Hawaii Bowl, Houston (7-4) vs. Fresno State (9-4), Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24 (ESPN)

Academy Sports+Outdoors Texas Bowl, Texas (6-6) vs. Missouri (7-5), NRG Stadium, Houston, 8 p.m. Dec. 27 (ESPN)

Valero Alamo Bowl, TCU (10-3) vs. Stanford (9-4), Alamodome, San Antonio, 8 p.m. Dec. 28 (ESPN)

Belk Bowl, Texas A&M (7-5) vs. Wake Forest (7-5), Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina, noon Dec. 29 (ESPN).

Texas had the most schools selected, followed by Florida with six with California and North Carolina garnering five apiece. Ohio had four teams picked with Louisiana, Kentucky, Alabama and Michigan three each.

As far as the other bowl games in Texas not involving Lone Star State teams, those include:

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, San Diego State (10-2) vs. Army (8-3), Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 (ESPN)

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, Utah (6-6) vs. West Virginia (7-5), Cotton Bowl, Dallas, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 26 (ESPN)

Hyundai Sun Bowl, North Carolina State (8-4) vs. Arizona State (7-5), Sun Bowl, El Paso, 1 p.m. Dec. 29 (CBS)

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Ohio State (11-2) vs. Southern California (11-2), AT&T Stadium, Arlington, 7 p.m. Dec. 29 (ESPN)

And just of east of Tyler in Shreveport, Louisiana, there’s the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl. Southern Mississippi (8-4), alma mater of Tyler Junior College head football coach Danny Palmer, and Florida State (6-6) will meet at Independence Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Dec. 27 (ESPN).

Here’s some bowl history notes for the Texas squads.

Houston: The Cougars are 11-13 in bowls and playing in a bowl for the fifth straight year. This is the first meeting between U of H and Fresno State.

North Texas: UNT is in its 10th bowl game and has a 3-6 record in previous bowls. Troy leads the series with the Mean Green 8-2. North Texas appeared in the first four New Orleans Bowls (2001-2004), defeating Cincinnati, 24-19, in the 2002 game. Mean Green running back Kevin Galbreath was the MVP of the game with the Bearcats. North Texas also faced Colorado State, Memphis and Southern Mississippi.

SMU: The Mustangs are making their first bowl appearance since defeating Fresno State 43-10 in the 2012 Hawaii Bowl. This is the 16th bowl game for the Ponies with a record of 7-7-1. LaTech leads series with Mustangs, 3-1.

TCU: Second appearance in the Alamo Bowl in three seasons, 33rd bowl appearance in school history. The Horned Frogs’ bowl record is 15-16-1. TCU has beaten Stanford in both games the two schools have played.

Texas: The Longhorns are making their first bowl appearance since 2014, when they lost 31-7 to Arkansas in the Texas Bowl. This will be the 54th bowl appearance for the Longhorns with a record of 27-24-2. Texas leads Missouri 17-6 in the series, but the Tigers won the last meeting in 2011.

Texas A&M: The Aggies are 17-21 in bowl games. They have been to nine straight bowl games but have lost the last two, including a 33-28 defeat last year to Kansas State. This is the first meeting between the Aggies and Demon Deacons.

Texas Tech: This is the 38th bowl appearance for the Red Raiders and they have won four of their last five. That’s the 20th-most bowl games in the FBS. The Red Raiders’ bowl record is 14-22-1. This is the first meeting between the Raiders and Bulls.