OSU to face old Big 12 foe Texas A&M in 2019 Texas Bowl

Gundy Trophy

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy holds up the AutoZone Liberty Bowl trophy after defeating Missouri 38-33 in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee, on Dec. 31, 2018. 

The Oklahoma State football team will face a former Big 12 opponent in its bowl game this postseason.

OSU and Texas A&M have not played each other since the latter left the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference in 2012, but they will meet for the first time from separate conferences in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl on Dec. 27 in Houston.

Texas A&M is 7-5 with a 4-4 conference record, but OSU coach Mike Gundy deemed the Aggies "the best 7-5 team in college football history." Their losses were at the hands of Clemson, which was No. 1 at the time and made the College Football Playoff; No. 12 Auburn; No. 13 Alabama; No. 5 Georgia and the current No. 1 team, LSU, which made the College Football Playoff.

No. 25 OSU finished the regular season with an 8-4 record, which included four tough road wins and home wins against Kansas State and TCU and concluded with a home loss to College Football Playoff-bound rival Oklahoma.

This will be the second time Gundy has matched up against Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, who faced the Cowboys while at Florida State in 2014 in the first game since the Seminoles won the BCS National Championship a year before. The Cowboys took home a 37-31 loss at the hands of Fisher and Jameis Winston.

The most recent time OSU faced Texas A&M was in 2011, when Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon helped the Cowboys escape College Station with a narrow 30-29 victory, which was a part of OSU's 2011 Big 12 Championship run.

With the series dating back to 1996, OSU played Texas A&M every season between then and 2011. The series ended on a four-game OSU win streak between 2008 and 2011, though Texas A&M holds a 17-10 lead in the series.

OSU's 2019 Texas Bowl bid marks the 14th consecutive season in which the Cowboys have been invited to a postseason bowl game. This is the ninth-longest active bowl streak in all of college football and the second-longest in the Big 12.

The Cowboys have won each of their past three bowl appearances and four of their past five, and they will look to carry that three-game postseason win streak into NRG Stadium on Dec. 27 in front of what will likely be a healthy crowd of predominantly Aggie fans.

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