What you need to know before LSU faces Texas Tech in Texas Bowl _lowres

 

LSU is set to meet Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl. Here’s what you need to know.

THE BASICS

When: 8 p.m., Dec. 29

Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Stadium Capacity: 71,795

TV: ESPN

Team arrival: Christmas Day

Payout: $3 million (per team)

Selection Order: SEC Pool of 6 vs. Big 12 No. 3

Tickets: Click here.

Schedule of events: Click here.

THE HISTORY

LSU’s last appearance: First time

LSU record there: 0-0.

Who’s been there most: Minnesota (twice)

SEC’s Record: 1-0

Most Notable MVP: RB Ray Rice, Rutgers (2006)

Most Notable Game: Texas Tech 34, Minnesota 31 (2012) – The Red Raiders won on a knuckle ball field goal from kicker Ryan Bustin as time expired. TTU needed a 7-play, 82-yard touchdown drive to tie it at 31 with 1:10 left in the game before D.J. Johnson intercepted a pass and returned it 39 yards to set up the field goal.

Name Game: The bowl game, started in 2006, was the Meineke Car Care Bowl beginning in 2011. Advocare v100 took over sponsorship in 2014, when the bowl game began its tie-in to the SEC. The bowl had previously pitted Big Ten and Big 12 teams.

FUN FACTS

Familiar setting: LSU hadn’t played a game in Houston since 1983 before playing in the Advocare Texas Kickoff to begin last season – a 28-24 win over Wisconsin. The Tigers will play in the city at least three times in a four season span. LSU will open the 2017 season against BYU in the Advocare Texas Kickoff.

Rodeo Bowl: This is one of the team events a part of the Texas Bowl. Players are immersed in an authentic Texas Rodeo experience at the at the Georgia Ranch Historical Park, an hour outside of Houston. The two teams square off in seven competitions, ranging from an offensive line dance-off, to a hay bale toss, all the way to a race to see who can tackle and chalk brand a live calf the fastest.

Weather: The extended forecast for Houston the week of the bowl game shows lows around 40 degrees and highs in the mid-60s.