Houston, LSU is go for launch in the Texas Bowl.
The Tigers will play in the Dec. 29 bowl at NRG Stadium in Houston, the Southeastern Conference announced Sunday. LSU’s opponent will be Texas Tech out of the Big 12.
The game kicks off at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
LSU said bowl tickets will go on sale at www.LSUtix.net. Ticket prices are $35-140. The Texas Bowl announced it has already sold about 55,000 tickets, though whether that includes the allotment for each school in 71,054-seat NRG Stadium wasn’t known.
This will be LSU’s first appearance in the Texas Bowl and LSU’s first bowl in Houston since 1972. The Tigers lost the now defunct Bluebonnet Bowl in 1963 to Baylor 14-7 and what later became the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl in 1972 to Tennessee 24-17.
LSU opened the 2014 season at NRG Stadium with a 28-24 victory over Wisconsin. That game was the Tigers’ first since 1983 in the city of Houston, a fertile recruiting ground for LSU and home of the school’s largest out-of-state alumni base.
Texas Tech went 7-5 this season and tied for fifth in the Big 12 at 4-5.
The Tigers were also in the mix for the Citrus and TaxSlayer bowls in Florida, but considerations of geography and fan interest likely led the SEC to put LSU in Houston.
The Texas bowl is one of the SEC’s “Pool of Six” bowls along with the TaxSlayer, Outback, Music City, Belk and Liberty. For the second straight year, after the SEC’s teams are placed in College Football Playoff bowls and the Citrus makes its selection, the SEC assigns teams to those six bowls.
The bowls and the schools are allowed to give an order of preference, but the final decision rests with the conference office.
This will be LSU’s 47th bowl appearance and 16th straight, an ongoing school record. The Tigers are 23-22-1 in bowl games, 6-4 under Les Miles, but have lost three of their last four, including a 31-28 loss to Notre Dame last year in the Music City Bowl.