COLLEGE STATION Chick-fil-A Bowl representative Rod Hovater will visit Kyle Field on Saturday for the Texas A&M – Mississippi State game. Both teams are being scouted as potential representatives in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.
Hovater, sporting the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s signature navy blue blazer, will be available to the media before the game and in the press box during the game.
The ACC and SEC team selections for the 46th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 8. The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the oldest guaranteed ACC vs. SEC match-up in the bowl business.
Texas A&M and the Chick-fil-A Bowl
Texas A&M (7-2) has never appeared in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Mississippi State and the Chick-fil-A Bowl
Mississippi State (4-4) has made three appearances in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, most recently in 1999 with a victory against Clemson. The Bulldogs competed in the 1994 and 1992 bowl games.
Chick-fil-A Bowl Achieves Earliest Sellout in its History
There has not been a Chick-fil-A Bowl game ticket available for sale on game day in 18 years, and this year will be no different. The final ACC vs. SEC rivalry game before the Chick-fil-A Bowl joins the College Football Playoffs next year will be its 17th straight sellout – a streak only exceeded by the Rose Bowl.
About the Chick-fil-A Bowl
Now in its 46th year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl has established itself as one of the nation’s elite bowl games with a string of 17 consecutive sellouts. The Chick-fil-A Bowl leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, and has disbursed more than $117.8 million in team payouts over its 45-year history. Other events under the Chick-fil-A Bowl brand include the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and the season-opening Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
In April, the Chick-fil-A Bowl was selected to be a part of a group of six bowls to host the new College Football Playoff beginning in 2014 (Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Rose, Sugar). Over the next 12 years, the Chick-fil-A Bowl will host a National Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3) every 3 years – the first following the 2016 season. In the other 8 years, the Bowl will host top-ranked teams as assigned by the CFP Selection Committee.