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HOUSTONThe Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B college football event between Stephen F. Austin State University and Sam Houston State University will not be played at NRG Stadium in 2020, Lone Star Sports & Entertainment (LSSE) and the schools announced today. The matchup between the two schools dates back to 1923, making it the fourth-oldest college football rivalry in the state of Texas.


All parties look forward to this great rivalry returning to NRG Stadium in 2021.

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Let's Talk Football: Brian Bosworth

Gridirion Legend Talks Football with Texas Bowl Fans

You may know him from the crazy haircuts, off-the-wall antics and outrageous stories but Brian "The Boz" Bosworth is so much more. In the second event of the Texas Bowl Let's Talk Football series, Bosworth sat down with Texas Bowl fans to talk about what it was like growing up playing high school football in Texas, what it was like to transition to the big stage at Oklahoma University and told some fantastic stories about his time as a Sooner.

It may surprise those who only followed his career in college, but Bosworth was not necessarily considered a Texas high school football standout, especially at the beginning of his high school football career. The Boz shared how he was able to stay motivated and always mentally pushing for the next level.

The transition from high school to collegiate football can be a mental challenge for many athletes, Bosworth included. He gave us a glimpse into how he overcame these challenges to become a successful college player.

Reaching your potential as a player takes so much more than just showing up to play the game. Bosworth dove into the mental aspect of learning to prepare to reach and exceed his potential when he was at Oklahoma.

Before we closed our interview with The Boz, we had to ask. What was up with that infamous orange hair during the Orange Bowl. His answer will make your day.

Don't miss the next Texas Bowl Let's Talk Football event! Each virtual chalk talk will feature a different Gridiron Legend and they are open to all Texas Bowl fans!

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LSU Game Cancelled

LSU Game Cancelled

Rice University Football 7/30/2020 3:50:00 PM By: Chuck Pool (

The first meeting between Rice and LSU in football in Houston since 1983 has been cancelled due to a decision by the Southeastern Conference to reduce schedules to 10 conference games for 2020 season. The Owls and Tigers had been set to meet at 2:30 on September 19 at NRG Stadium.

"I'm disappointed we will not be able to play LSU this season, but given the current situation, it was not unexpected," Rice Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard said. "I know our fans have anticipated hosting LSU for the first time in nearly 40 years since we announced it in 2016 and that excitement only grew after LSU won the national title last year. We will work with LSU to see if there is an opportunity in a future season to reschedule the game."

Fans who purchased advance tickets through Ticketmaster, the Rice Ticket office or the NRG box office will be contacted in the coming week regarding refund procedures. Fans who purchased through the LSU ticket office should contact them for information on refunds.  

The Owls and Tigers were looking to resume their series in Houston that began in 1915 when Rice defeated LSU 6-0 at West End Park in Houston.

Rice is currently scheduled to open the 2020 season on September 3 at the University of Houston and open the home schedule the following week when they welcome Army to Rice Stadium.

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Let's Talk Football: Ty Detmer

Gridirion Legend and Heisman Trophy Winner Ty Detmer Talks Football with Texas Bowl VIPs

Texas high school star, NCAA All-American, Heisman Trophy Winner, NFL quarterback and most recently, Grandpa. Gridiron Legend and Texas native took some time to sit down with Texans TV's Drew Dougherty for the first series of virtual 'Let's Talk Football' chalk-talks with Texas Bowl VIP's.

The former Texas high school football star reminisced about his experience under the Friday night lights, playing for his father and current Somerset High School Head Coach, Sonny Detmer.

Detmer went on to become a two-time NCAA All-American and a major impact player for BYU. In 1990, Detmer was awarded the Heisman Trophy, the former NCAA star shared a little about how memorable it was to receive the honor.

Finally, it wouldn't be a Texas Bowl event without asking for way too early Bowl predictions! Detmer weighed in on who he thinks will be a force in college football this fall.


2020 Texas Kickoff Featuring Baylor and Ole Miss Moves to Sunday, September 6

Bears’ Dave Aranda Makes Head Coaching Debut; Lane Kiffin’s First Game with Rebels

The 2020 Texas Kickoff featuring Baylor vs. Ole Miss is scheduled to kick off Sunday, Sept. 6, moving from the previously scheduled date of September 5. The game, played at NRG Stadium in Houston, is slated to be part of ESPN’s Labor Day weekend opening schedule, airing on an ESPN network.

The fifth installment of the annual Sunday holiday weekend game will mark Dave Aranda’s head coaching debut at Baylor and Lane Kiffin’s first game with Ole Miss as head coach. Baylor is currently ranked number 25 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 Rankings.

“ESPN’s Sunday game during kickoff weekend has quickly developed into a strong franchise,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of programming and ESPN Events. “We look forward to continuing that success as we feature two head coaches in their inaugural games with two great programs. We want to thank the schools and our Texas Kickoff team for recognizing this unique opportunity.”

Fans interested in tickets for the event can visit and sign up for the Priority Wait List to receive the most up to date information for when single game tickets and suites will be released.  Tickets are also available through Baylor Athletics and Ole Miss Athletics via their ticket offices.

Kickoff time and network designation for the matchup will be available at a later date. ESPN’s early-season college football schedule will be announced in the coming weeks as conferences and television networks continue to prepare for the college football season.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes four early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

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ESPN Events: Anna Negron at or 860-256-1757
Texas Kickoff: Allie LeClair at or 832-919-0655