AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas will be playing in the Academy Texas Bowl against Missouri on December 27th at Houston’s NRG Stadium. This is UT’s first Bowl appearance since losing to Arkansas in Texas Bowl in 2014.
“We’re really excited to be headed to the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl and facing an old Big 12 opponent in Missouri,” said head coach Tom Herman. “I know the bowl staff there runs a first class operation, and the city of Houston will be excited to have the Longhorns in town. For our team, it will be an added bonus that so many of their friends and family will have a chance to see them play, and I’m sure our fans will help fill NRG Stadium. We’re hard at work in Austin now getting ready for the game, and look forward to getting to Houston for bowl week in a couple of weeks.”
Texas enters the game 6-6 and a win will also mark their first winning season since 2013, Mack Brown’s final year as head coach. Missouri is 7-5 including six straight to close the season. The Tigers are averaging 39 points per game led by quarterback Drew Lock with 43 touchdown passes. The last time Texas played Missouri was 2011 before, the season before they moved to the SEC. Texas owns a 17-6 all time series lead.
Three Longhorns have already announced that they will not play in the Bowl game. Offensive tackle Connor Williams ans safety DeShon Elliott will skip the Bowl as they prepare for the NFL draft and running back/tight end Chris Warren III announced that he is transferring.
This will be the Texas’ 54th (27-24-2) Bowl appearance, only Alabama (66) has played in more Bowl games.