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City to Host Aggies at Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

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Houston plays host to a major college football bowl game as the Texas A&M Aggies face the Northwestern University Wildcats at the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas at Reliant Stadium on Saturday, December 31, beginning at 11 AM.

This will be a game with great interest in the Houston area as a large number of Texas A&M students and alumni call the city home.

There will be no shortage of intriguing story lines to this game as well.

This is Texas A&M’s final game as a member of the Big 12 Athletic Conference before they move to the Southeastern Conference in 2012. This was a move seen as controversial by many in the sporting world as it began a chain reaction of universities across the country moving to new athletic conferences.

Of interest to many University of Houston fans, the Aggies will be coached by Kevin Sumlin. Sumlin had been the head coach for U of H the past four years. After guiding the Cougars to a nearly undefeated season in 2011, he left the school in December before its bowl game to coach at A&M. His reception in the city he left behind just weeks ago will be interesting.

The game itself will feature two powerful offenses and should be a high scoring affair. A&M is led by senior quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who will be looking to impress in his final college game before moving on to the NFL. Northwestern’s biggest weapon is senior wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, who leads the team with more than 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

Both teams have records of 6-6 and seek to build momentum for next season.

This is the twelfth consecutive year Houston has hosted a college bowl game. It is expected to bring in millions to the local economy with thousands of Aggie fans from across Texas and Wildcat fans from the Chicago area coming here to eat, shop, and stay in Houston hotels.

Pre-game activities will take place in the Reliant parking lot before the game starting at 8:00 am, including a free concert by Jack Ingram, family activities, games and other booths.

Tickets are available starting at $20. It will also be broadcast live on ESPN.

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit http://meinekecarcarebowloftexas.com/.