Guide to Texas Bowl Games
For fans looking to attend a bowl game in Texas or to support their team from the Lone Star State, the choices are plenty.
Austin, Texas (December 12, 2008) - Texas is a major player this college football bowl season, and not just the Longhorns – the entire state of Texas. There are five teams from the Lone Star State playing in bowl games: Texas, Houston Texas Tech, TCU and Rice. Texas is also home to five bowl games including the Alamo Bowl, Armed Forces Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Sun Bowl and Texas Bowl.
Two teams from Texas are representing the Big 12 Conference in two of the hottest bowl games of the season. The Red Raiders from Lubbock are playing the upstart Ole Miss Rebels in the Cotton Bowl on Friday, January 2nd. Then the Longhorns from Austin are playing the Ohio State Buckeyes in Glendale, Arizona at the Fiesta Bowl on Monday, January 5th.
“The Cotton Bowl is night and day different from last year,” said Randy Cohen, CEO of TicketCity. “You’ve got two of the hottest teams in the country squaring off. Texas Tech should have been in a BCS bowl and instead they are playing close to home. They are bringing a huge crowd. And Ole Miss knocked off Florida this year. Also, they finally moved the time of the game, which should really help.”
The Cotton Bowl has been played on January 1st at 10AM local Dallas time the last few seasons. This year the game has been moved back to Friday, January 2nd at a more amicable 1PM CST. The later start time should provide a warmer temperature at kickoff, and allow more time for fans to find parking and get into the stadium. .
The Cotton Bowl matchup features two Texas high school football legends squaring off at quarterback with Graham Harrell (Ennis) leading Texas Tech against Ole Miss’ Jevan Snead (Stephenville), the Rebel trigger man and former Longhorn. “The Cotton Bowl should be a lot of fun to attend,” said Rafael Rivas, Vice President of Sales at TicketCity, “because both of those quarterbacks are going to sling it around a lot.”
The other marquee bowl game in Texas is the Alamo Bowl, which features a Heartland matchup of Northwestern and the Missouri Tigers. While the teams are coming from the Midwest, 38 players in this matchup hail from Texas and are undoubtedly excited about playing a bowl game in their home state. “It’s a buyers’ market for the Alamo Bowl this year,” commented Cohen. “Anyone in San Antonio looking for something to do on Monday, December 29th now has plans.”
Elsewhere around Texas, the Sun Bowl brings Oregon State and Pittsburgh to El Paso to play on Wednesday, December 31st, at 1PM CST (12 Noon local MST). Houston will also be represented well in the bowls this year. Not only will the University of Houston Cougars be seeking redemption against the Air Force Falcons in the Armed Forces Bowl in Ft. Worth, but the Space City is also host to the Texas Bowl matching up another one of their own, Rice, with Western Michigan.
The Horned Frogs from TCU will travel from Fort Worth to San Diego to make their 10th bowl appearance in 11 seasons when they take on undefeated Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl on December 23rd. This is only the second meeting of these two teams in history.
The only Texas team playing in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is the Longhorns, who will travel to Arizona to play a 10-2 Ohio State squad. The Horns are playing in their first BCS game since winning the National Championship in January 2006 at the Rose Bowl. Since both Texas and Ohio State fans travel well, there is expected to be a big crowd in Glendale for the Fiesta Bowl.
“The Fiesta Bowl tickets have a high face value ($135), which pushes up the market price on them,” said Rivas. “But we still have some good deals and are getting a lot of calls from both Texas and Ohio. It’s a matchup of top teams, which people don’t want to miss.”
Across the board the demand for tickets has been sluggish on bowl games compared to previous years. The Cotton Bowl is one of the only bowls in the country where demand is as strong as last season. The majority of other bowls are seeing lower average prices this year, although there will still be almost 2 million fans attending bowl games over the next month.
Commenting on the economy’s effect on bowl prices, Cohen said “It’s still college football with all of the pageantry. Fans will just be getting a little better ROI with prices being down (on bowl tickets), but the games will be as exciting as ever.”
Bowl Game Teams Location Date TicketCity Prices Starting at:
Poinsettia Bowl TCU vs Boise State San Diego, CA Tues, Dec 23 $69
Alamo Bowl Northwestern vs Missouri San Antonio, TX Mon, Dec 29 $25
Texas Bowl Rice vs Western Michigan Houston, TX Tues, Dec 30 $20
Armed Forces Bowl Houston vs Air Force Ft. Worth, TX Wed, Dec 31 $30
Sun Bowl Oregon State vs Pittsburgh El Paso, TX Wed, Dec 31 $35
Cotton Bowl Texas Tech vs Ole Miss Dallas, TX Fri, Jan 2 $65
Fiesta Bowl Texas vs Ohio State Glendale, AZ Mon, Jan 5 $155
Data is from Friday, December 12, 2008. All prices are per ticket. Prices are subject to change and therefore may not reflect current market value.
More information on pricing and availability for all bowl games is available at http://www.ticketcity.com/bowl-game-tickets.html.
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