HOUSTON – Kansas State University and Texas A&M University have accepted bids to play in the 2016 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl, the bowl organizing committee announced today. Kansas State University will represent the Big 12 Conference and Texas A&M University will represent the Southeastern Conference. The 2016 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl 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 and after two overtimes, the Aggies won the matchup, costing then No. 2 KSU a chance to play for a national title. The last contest between the Wildcats and Aggies took place Nov. 11, 2011 in Manhattan, KS. Kansas State won 53-50 after four overtimes.

Ticket prices for this game range from $37-200 and may be purchased online at www.advocaretexasbowl.com or www.ticketmaster.com, on the phone at 832-667-2390 or in person at the NRG Stadium box office inside Bud Light Plaza. The bowl has already sold more than 50,000 tickets through renewals, Bowl Backer packages, pre-sales and team allotments. For information on luxury suites, call 832-667-2160.

The 2016 AdvoCare Texas Bowl will be the Kansas State Wildcats first visit since the bowl’s inception in 2006. 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 postseason play. 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.”

Conference Call Information
The head coaches for Kansas State University and Texas A&M will conduct conference calls this evening to discuss the 2016 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl. Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin will be available at 5:15 p.m. CT and Kansas State University Head Coach Bill Snyder will be available at 5:30 p.m. CT.

Coach Snyder and Coach Sumlin will also be available at DePelchin Children’s Center for a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 8. Details to follow in a separate advisory.

The AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The bowl will showcase teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences. The AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over its first 10 years, with an average attendance of over 60,000 fans per year since inception. The bowl has generated an average of $50 million per year for the Houston economy and has donated over $1 million in financial support to DePelchin Children’s Center, the bowl’s official charitable beneficiary.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 13 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Baton Rouge, La.); Montgomery Kickoff Classic (Montgomery, Ala.); Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Collegiate Basketball
AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s  Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona (Uncasville, Conn.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); PK80 (Portland, Ore.); State Farm Armed Forces Classic (Honolulu); State Farm Champions Classic (New York City); Tire Pros Invitational (Orlando, Fla.) and Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.)

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Allie LeClair, AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (832) 667-2050 or allie.leclair@houstontexans.com
Rachel Margolis Siegal, ESPN (860) 766-2798 or rachel.m.siegal@espn.com