Texas A&M will play former Big 12 league foe Oklahoma State in the Texas Bowl at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 27 in Houston’s Reliant Stadium.
“We appreciate the opportunity to play in the Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium in Houston,” A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher said in a school release Sunday. “A lot of our players are from the Houston area and will have the chance to play in front of a lot of family and friends. We will face a tough, top 25 opponent in Oklahoma State and our team looks forward to playing in front of a lot of Aggies in a great city and a tremendous NFL stadium.”
Oklahoma State, ranked 25th in the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, is 8-4 including 5-4 in Big 12 play to tie Texas, Kansas State and Iowa State for third behind Oklahoma and Baylor
OSU defeated Kansas State 26-13, Iowa State 34-27, TCU 34-27, Kansas 31-13 and West Virginia 20-14, with losses to Texas 36-30, Texas Tech 45-35, Baylor 45-27 and Oklahoma 34-16.
A&M (7-5) was 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference to finish fourth in the Western Division.
OSU is led by running back Chuba Hubbard who has rushed for 1,936 yards on 309 carries (6.3 avg.) with 21 TDs. Behind Hubbard the Cowboys rank 16th in the country in rushing at 236.3 yards per game. OSU is 71st in passing (227.7 ypg) and 17th overall (463.9 ygp). Oklahoma State ranks 86th in total defense (418.1 ypg). The Cowboys allow 267.1 yards passing per game to rank 113th.
One of OSU’s starting safeties is Kolby Harvell-Peel (5 interceptions, 71 tackles, 13 passes broken up), a sophomore who played at A&M Consolidated. He’s also forced two fumbles and recovered two.
A&M leads the OSU series 17-10, including a 10-6 edge in Big 12 play from 1996-2011. A&M won the first six conference games, but the Cowboys won the last four meetings, including 30-29 at Kyle Field in 2011.
The two met in the 1981 Independence Bowl with A&M grabbing a 33-16 victory.
Fisher while at Florida State opened the 2014 season against Oklahoma State at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium with the Seminoles grabbing a 37-31 victory.
This will be A&M’s third Texas Bowl appearance in the decade. The Aggies in 2011 defeated Northwestern 33-22 and then in 2016 lost to Kansas State 33-28.
This will be A&M’s fifth bowl trip to Houston. The Aggies lost to Southern Cal 20-0 in the 1977 Bluebonnet Bowl in the Astrodome and it beat TCU 28-9 in the galleryfurniture.com Bowl in the Astrodome in 2001.
A&M, making its 11th straight bowl appearance, is 18-22.