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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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Ancillary Events

Cracker Barrel National Battle of the Bands Rescheduled for 2021

Organizers Launch HBCUs Band Together Scholarship Initiative in Support of HBCU Bands

HOUSTON, Texas -- In an effort to prioritize health and safety during the pandemic, event partners Webber Marketing & Consulting, LLC and the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority, with the support of local and NRG Stadium officials, have rescheduled the 2020 Cracker Barrel National Battle of the Bands for the last weekend in August, 2021.

“Safety is our No. 1 priority. Over the last few months, we have been closely monitoring the ongoing developments of the coronavirus and the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, as well as state and local governments, and we are confident this decision is the best course of action,” said Derek Webber, CEO of Webber Marketing & Consulting, LLC and Creator of the National Battle of the Bands. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding of the measures we are taking to protect our students, fans and the greater community.”

With the backing of its partners, NBOTB will support Historically Black Colleges and Universities during these challenging times with the launch of a scholarship program -- HBCUs Band Together. The evergreen, scholarship initiative is designed to bring together those who love and seek to support HBCUs, HBCU marching bands and their band members during the COVID-19 crisis, while celebrating the talent, contribution and impact of HBCU marching bands on the culture, and the roles they play in educating aspiring musicians and developing future leaders.

“Due to safety and health concerns, we understand and wholeheartedly support the decision to reschedule the National Battle of the Bands for the fall of 2021,” said Jeff Sigel, Vice President of Marketing for Cracker Barrel. “As the continued title sponsor of NBOTB, we remain committed to participating HBCUs and are excited to provide support to the HBCUs Band Together initiative.”

With COVID-19 changing the landscape of sporting events and other public gatherings where HBCU bands would be invited to perform and showcase their talents – HBCUs Band Together will focus on raising aid for 250,000 COVID-19 test kits for all HBCU students and creating another source of funding to assist HBCU bands with scholarships for its students and programs. To donate, go to

“During the pandemic, we have been focused on creating opportunities and making an impact, which calls for most initiatives to be virtual at this point,” said Sports Authority Vice President Chris Massey.

“After seeing Houston and the HBCU community embrace NBOTB last year, we want to keep that positive momentum, which is arguably more important now than ever before. HBCUs Band Together does just that.”

The NBOTB has secured a three-year partnership with The AEA Education Foundation, Inc., which will serve as a presenting sponsor of the NBOTB and support its commitment to providing scholarships for HBCUs.

In addition, the U.S. Air Force is now an official sponsor of the NBOTB and will serve as the new title partner for the HBCU College Recruitment Fair that helps students learn more about HBCUs which are recruiting for both undergrad and graduate students for S.T.E.M. and non S.T.E.M. programs.

Both partners will also support HBCUs Band Together.

In 2019, the support of fans and partners helped make the inaugural year in Houston one of great memories and of lasting impact. The event raised $100,000 in scholarships, which supported the participating HBCU bands, two local Black Greek letter organizations and supplied band instruments to five local Houston-area high school bands.

For more information about the NBOTB visit and stay updated on social media:

NationalBattleOfTheBands (Facebook/Instagram)

@NationalBOTB (Twitter)

For more information about HBCUs Band Together visit and stay updated on social media:

HBCUsBandTogether (Facebook/Instagram)

@HBCUsBand (Twitter)


About the Cracker Barrel National Battle of the Bands
The event’s mission is to enhance the exposure of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their marching bands, the roles they play in educating aspiring musicians and developing our future leaders. Event organizers have generated more than $500,000 in scholarships for the participating colleges and universities. 

About HBCUs Band Together
HBCUs Band Together is a scholarship initiative designed to bring together those who love and seek to support HBCU’s, HBCU Bands and their band members during the COVID-19 crisis; while celebrating the talent, contribution and impact of HBCU marching bands on the culture, and the roles they play in educating aspiring musicians and developing future leaders. 


Contact: Melanie Hauser, Harris County - Houston Sports Authority
Derek Ross, National Battle of the Bands 


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College Football Week 1

SEC + Big 12 Schedules Set

The AP Top 25 Poll has been officially released but things feel different this year. With nine of the top teams listed in this year’s poll not even planning on playing a fall schedule and very limited non-conference play, we are poised for the most unique college football season we’ve ever been a part of.

Overall, we’re excited to get college football safely rolling, no matter what it looks like. The countdown to kickoff can finally begin! Read on to see which matchups we get to look forward to from the Big 12 and the SEC in Week 1.

The general uncertainty that COVID-19 has brought to this season along with an unusual off season, essentially non-existent preseason coupled with all of the normal uncertainties that come with the start of a new season—we are surely in for a wild ride in 2020. It almost sounds crazy to say that we are officially one month out from Week 1 of college football, and we can’t wait.

WEEK 1 – Saturday, September 26

BIG 12

Kansas at Baylor

(23) Iowa State at TCU

Kansas State at (5) Oklahoma

West Virginia at Oklahoma State (15)

Texas (14) at Texas Tech


(3) Alabama at Missouri

(8) Florida at Ole Miss

(4) Georgia at Arkansas

Kentucky at (11) Auburn

Mississippi State at (6) LSU

(25) Tennessee at South Carolina

Vanderbilt at (13) Texas A&M

At first glance, Week 1 seem fairly tame and easily predictable. But it’s 2020. Anything can happen.

Which matchups are you looking forward to? Let us know on Twitter @LSSETexans.


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.