Texas to play Missouri in Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

Tom Herman

The University of Texas Football program has accepted an invitation to  represent the Big 12 Conference in the 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors  Texas Bowl on Dec. 27 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Kickoff against  Missouri will be at 8:00 p.m. CT on ESPN.

"We're really excited to be headed to the Academy Sports + Outdoors  Texas Bowl and facing an old Big 12 opponent in Missouri," head coach Tom Herman said. "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 and Missouri have played 23 times, with the Longhorns owning a  17-6 all-time record. The two schools last met in 2011. The Longhorns  and Tigers, once Big 12 Conference foes, have met just once previously  in a bowl game - a 40-27 Longhorn victory in the 1946 Cotton Bowl. UT  has won 15 of the last 17 meetings against Missouri, dating back to  1931.

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