Texas Bowl Betting History

The city of Houston played host to 29 Bluebonnet Bowls from 1959 to 1987, and later to six Houston Bowls. Since 2006, Houston’s been home to the Texas Bowl, one of now six bowl games played each year in the Lone Star State.

The Texas Bowl, also played as the Meineke Car Care of Texas and Advocare Bowls, takes place every December between Christmas and New Year’s Day at NRG Stadium in Houston. This bowl now pits the Big 12 against the SEC, but the Texas Bowl has taken teams from eight different conferences over the years.

The Texas Bowl has seen its share of high-scoring games and blowouts. The first 11 Texas Bowls averaged 66 total points, and six of those games were decided by 20 or more points.  Legendary Big 12 coach Bill Snyder guided his Kansas State team to the first Texas Bowl in 2006, but the Wildcats lost to a very good Rutgers outfit 37-10.

The 2007 Texas Bowl fittingly matched former Southwestern Conference rivals, as TCU tipped Houston 20-13. Frogs quarterback Andy Dalton, later with the Cincinnati Bengals, won the game’s MVP award. In the 2008 game, hometown Rice picked up its first bowl victory in over 50 years with a 38-14 win over Western Michigan. In 2010, Texas A&M, led by game MVP Ryan Tannehill, knocked off Northwestern 33-22.  

Minnesota made back-to-back Texas Bowl appearances in 2012-13, but lost both games. First the Gophers fell to Texas Tech 34-31 on a field goal at the buzzer, then to Syracuse 21-17 on an Orange touchdown with a minute to go.

The 2014 Texas Bowl featured another old SWC rivalry, as Arkansas tripped Texas 31-7. In 2015, LSU topped Texas Tech 56-27 in front of a new Texas Bowl-record crowd of over 71,000. Tigers running back Leonard Fournette, now playing Sundays with the Jacksonville Jaguars, scored five touchdowns and was named the game’s MVP. And in 2016, Snyder returned with his Kansas State outfit and beat Texas A&M 33-28. 

Through 2016 Texas-based teams were only 4-5 both SU and ATS in Texas Bowls.

This year the Baylor Bears will meet the Vanderbilt Commodores in the 2018 Texas Bowl. For the latest odds, a free pick and handicapping information, visit our Texas Bowl Game Center. 

Texas Bowl History
Year Bowl Team Score Team Score Spread ATS Sportsbook SU Sportsbook
2000 GalleryFurniture.com Bowl East Carolina 40 Texas Tech 27 -1 E.CAR E.CAR
2001 GalleryFurniture.com Bowl TCU 9 Texas A&M 28 -4.5 TEXA&M TEXA&M
2002 Houston Bowl Southern Miss 23 Oklahoma State 33 -10 Push OKLAST
2003 Houston Bowl Navy 14 Texas Tech 38 -10.5 TXTECH TXTECH
2004 Houston Bowl Colorado 33 Texas El Paso 28 +2 COLO COLO
2005 Houston Bowl Iowa State 24 TCU 27 Ev TCU TCU
2006 Texas Bowl Kansas State 10 Rutgers 37 -9 RUTGER RUTGER
2007 Texas Bowl TCU 20 Houston 13 +7 Push TCU
2008 Texas Bowl Western Michigan 14 Rice 38 -2 RICE RICE
2009 Texas Bowl Navy 35 Missouri 13 -6 NAVY NAVY
2010 Texas Bowl Illinois 38 Baylor 14 +2 ILLINO ILLINO
2011 Texas Bowl Texas A&M 33 Northwestern 22 +9.5 TEXAM TEXAM
2012 Texas Bowl Minnesota 31 Texas Tech 34 -13 MINN TXTECH
2013 Texas Bowl Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 -3.5 SYR SYR
2015 Texas Bowl LSU 56 Texas Tech 27 +7 LSU LSU
2016 Texas Bowl Texas A&M 28 Kansas State 33 +4 KAN.ST KAN.ST
2017 Texas Bowl Texas  33 Missouri 16 -3 Texas Texas
2018 Texas Bowl Baylor 45 Vanderbilt 38 -4.5 Baylor Baylor