ATLANTA -- Texas A&M has accepted a bowl invitation to the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, Ga., and will face off against Duke of the Atlantic Coast Conference on New Year’s Eve.
The first-ever meeting between Texas A&M (8-4) and Duke (10-3) will kick off at 7 p.m. (central) on Dec. 31 in the Georgia Dome, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN. It will be the third straight bowl game for the Aggies in a stadium that has hosted a Super Bowl. Both teams are ranked in the final regular season top 25 polls with the Aggies checking in at No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 21 (tie) in the USA Today head coaches poll, while Duke ranks No. 22 in the AP and tied with the Aggies at No. 21 in the coaches poll.
Texas A&M’s invitation to the Chick-fil-A Bowl marks the 35th bowl game in program history, but it will be the first time the Aggies have played in Atlanta-based bowl (formerly the Peach Bowl). It is Texas A&M’s most eastern bowl trip in more than 50 years since facing Tennessee in the 1957 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Texas A&M has played in Atlanta twice previously with the Aggies splitting a pair of games with Georgia Tech in 1965 and 1966.
The Aggies will be seeking to end the season with a bowl win for the third straight year, which has never happened in program history. It’s the fifth straight season that the Aggies have earned a bowl trip, and the Aggies are coming off victories over Oklahoma in the 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl and Northwestern in the 2011 Texas Bowl. Texas A&M has compiled a 15-19 record in its 34 previous bowl contests.
Tickets for Texas A&M students are available online at mysportspass.tamu.edu beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket phone lines will be open from 9-10 p.m. to assist students. Bowl Pull will remain open exclusively to Football sports option holders while tickets remain or through 5 p.m. on December 9. If student tickets remain, they will go on sale to all currently registered Texas A&M students beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 9.
All orders submitted in advance of the announcement are confirmed. Individuals requesting tickets in advance may reduce or cancel their request by contacting the Ticket Office via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 979-260-7940 no later than 12 p.m., Monday, December 9th.
Tickets for the public will be available online at tickets.12thManFoundation.com beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday or via phone at 1(888) 99-AGGIE (992-4443) or (979) 845-2311 beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday.
“As seniors, we have a lot of emotions like our last game at Kyle Field. Now this game will be the last time this group of Aggies will play together. I know our guys will be excited. We have to focus on finals this week and then get to work to play a very good Duke team.”
Aggie senior running back and team captain Ben Malena
“I am excited about the chance to play Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. They will present a great challenge and we will have to prepare well and execute. I’m looking forward to going to battle with these guys who are like brothers to me. As seniors, we have to set the tempo in practice and prepare to the best of our abilities. It is a blessing to have a chance to play one more game in an Aggie uniform.”
Aggie senior defensive back and team captain Toney Hurd, Jr.