The AdvoCare Texas Kickoff Classic is an annual college football game played at NRG Stadium, in Houston, Texas, the home of the Houston Texans. The game is one of the premier matchups of the early season in college football and has historically put two of the top football programs in the country against one another. The first ever AdvoCare Texas Kickoff Classic was held in 2013 and saw the Oklahoma State Cowboys take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The highest profile matchup in the history of the Texas Kickoff Classic was in 2014 when the LSU Tigers defeated the Wisconsin Badgers.
The AdvoCare Texas Kickoff Classic offers fans the chance to experience some of college football's best matchup at a neutral site. Outside of bowl season, this is a great opportunity to see your favorite team play in front of a split crowd. The atmosphere at NRG Stadium for the game is always memorable. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for AdvoCare Texas Kickoff Classic tickets.
2017 Texas Kickoff Classic Preview
The 2016 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game will pit the Oklahoma Sooners against the Houston Cougars on September 3, 2016. The nonconference matchup between Big 12 team Oklahoma and AAC team Houston will be a high-intensity game. The Cougars are coming out of an excellent 2015 season with a 13-1 record and a conference championship win, so they will be ready to start the 2016-2017 season off on the right foot. The Sooners also had a successful season with the Big 12 championship but ended with a loss in the CFP Semifinal Orange Bowl game. With two of the best quarterbacks in the NCAA returning, Greg Ward Jr for Houston and Baker Mayfield for Oklahoma, this matchup will be tough and each teams’ fans will be on the edge of their seats. Whether you are planning on cheering on the Houston Cougars or the Oklahoma Sooners at the NRG Stadium, TicketCity has some of the best deals for the 2016 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff Classic tickets!
Texas Kickoff Classic Football at NRG Stadium Address: 1 Reliant Park, Houston, Texas, 77054
The Texas Kickoff Classic college football game is played annually at NRG Stadium, located in Houston, Texas. NRG Stadium is the home of the Houston Texans of the NFL and is one of the premier venues in the country. Known formerly as Relient Stadium, the stadium has a seating capacity of over 71,000 fans and was opened in 2002. NRG Stadium was one of the first football stadiums in the country to have a retractable roof. For the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff classic, NRG Stadium is split in half, with each team filling half the stadium with their teams colors.
September 2, 2017 - BYU Cougars vs. LSU Tigers
September 1, 2018 - Ole Miss Rebels vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
September 5, 2020 - Baylor Bears vs. Ole Miss Rebels
September 3, 2016 - Houston Cougars 33, Oklahoma Sooners 23
The 2016 Texas Kickoff saw a matchup between the No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 15 ranked Houston Cougars. With the Cougars head coach Tom Herman, Houston was coming back from an incredible 2015 season for the underdogs and was motivated to start the new season 1-0. Houston’s quarterback Greg Ward Jr. passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns but the big play of the game came from senior defensive back Brandon Ward who barely caught a ball staying in the end zone and getting Houston a 26-17 lead in the 3rd quarter. OU’s Baker Mayfield threw for 323 yards but was sacked five times and fumbled once. The Cougars ended the game with a final winning score of 33-23 against the Sooners.
September 5, 2015 - Texas A&M Aggies 38, Arizona State Sun Devils 17
The season-opening Texas Kickoff for the 2015 college football season was the first meeting between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies alternated the quarterback position throughout the game between Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray. The first three quarters were low scoring but in the fourth quarter Texas A&M came in strong scoring 3 touchdowns and taking a large lead over Arizona State that they could not come back with. The final score of the Texas A&M vs Arizona State game was 38-17, with the Aggies in the lead.
August 30, 2014 - LSU Tigers 28, Wisconsin Badgers 24
The 2nd ever AdvoCare Texas Kickoff Classic was one of the best games of the 2014 college football season. Led by standout running back Melvin Gordon, the Wisconsin Badgers jumped out to a 24-7 lead over the LSU Tigers. But LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings led the Tigers on a furious comback, finishing the game with over 230 yards through the air and 2 touchdowns. The Tigers scored the games final 21 points, while shutting the Badgers out in the final quarter in a half.
August 31, 2013 - Oklahoma State Cowboys 21, Mississippi State Bulldogs 3
The innagural AdvoCare Texas Kickoff pitted the Oklahoma State Cowboys of the Big 12 against the Mississippi State Bulldogs of the SEC. The story of the game was the Cowboys defense. OSU held the Bulldogs to less than 350 yards of total offense and forced Mississippi State into 2 turnovers, all while keeping them out of the endzone. Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh led the game with 125 yards rushing while the Cowboys put up over 285 yards on the ground. Bulldogs quarterback Tyler Russell would be injured in the game making way for future Bulldogs star Dak Prescott to take over at the quarterback position.