HOUSTON – Kansas State University and Texas A&M University accepted their bids to play in the 2016 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bow at NRG Stadium, the bowl organizing committee announced Sunday. The Big XII vs. SEC annual matchup will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 8 p.m. CT and will be televised nationally on ESPN.
“We are thrilled to announce the 2016 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl game between Kansas State and Texas A&M, two top-notch programs from the Big 12 and SEC,” remarked Texas Bowl Board Chair Don Faust, Jr. “The entire Houston community is excited to welcome the teams and their incredible fan bases for a celebratory bowl week full of Texas-themed activities. We look forward to an impressive matchup at this year’s AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl.”
Kansas State and Texas A&M have met 15 times since 1912, with the Aggies coming out victorious eight times. In 1998, the two teams met in the Big 12 Championship game which the Aggies won in double overtime, costing then No. 2 KSU a chance to play for a national title. Kansas State won their most recent meeting, in 2011, 53-50 after four overtimes.
The Wildcats are coming off of an 8-4 regular season record (6-3 in the Big 12) and are looking to continue their success in participating in their first Advocare V100 Texas Bowl. Led by Head Coach Bill Snyder, the Wildcats won a conference championship in 2012 and have finished third or better in their conference in three of the past five seasons. The team has made 19 bowl appearances and holds a 7-12 record in postseason play following last year’s loss to Arkansas in the 2015 Liberty Bowl.
“I am very proud of our team and coaches for another terrific season and earning our seventh-straight bowl invitation,” said Kansas State University Athletics Director John Currie. “With season ticket holders from 44 different states and a national fan base that features more than 250,000 friends and alumni across the country, including more than 3,000 in the Houston area, we are excited to showcase our football program and Kansas State University in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl against an SEC opponent. I know our fans are excited to again showcase their unprecedented support, which includes 33 straight sellouts at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, in one of America’s largest cities while our football student-athletes, coaches and staff are provided a first-class experience.”
The Aggies finished their regular season with an 8-4 record (4-4 in the SEC) in their fifth season under Head Coach Kevin Sumlin. Since taking over as head coach in 2011, Sumlin has led his team to three bowl victories including a 41-13 victory over Big 12 Champion Oklahoma in the 2013 Cotton Bowl, a 52-48 victory over ACC Coastal Division Champion Duke in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl and a 45-37 victory over West Virginia in the 2014 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
This year’s trip to the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl will be the Aggies second visit to Houston for postseason play. Led by Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the Aggies defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 33-22 in 2011. Texas A&M is 17-20 overall in postseason play following last year’s loss to Louisville in the 2015 Music City Bowl.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to compete against a coaching legend like Bill Snyder and the Kansas State Wildcats in the Texas Bowl,” Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin said. “A large portion of our team is from the Houston area, and we have a tremendous fan base in the city of Houston. We look forward to getting the chance to play in front of 12th Man in NRG Stadium, which is one of the top football venues in world.”