still could be playing for Texas A&M in 2015 - but it seems unlikely. (Kelly Kline/Getty Images)
Texas A&M and Arizona State will open the 2015 season at Reliant Stadium in Houston for the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff.
The game on Sept. 5, 2015, will be the first meeting between the schools.
“The AdvoCare Texas Kickoff continues to develop into one of the finest Labor Day weekend events in the country,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN Sr. Vice President and General Manager of ESPN Regional Television. “These two outstanding programs will treat the college football fans in Houston to an exciting launch of the 2015 season.”
Reliant Stadium is the home of the NFL's Houston Texans. The franchise's president, Jamey Rootes, said the team is pleased to turn the stadium and the city of Houston into a venue for college football.
“We are very excited to host two of America’s elite collegiate football programs and look forward to experiencing the atmosphere their passionate fans will create at Reliant Stadium,” Rootes said. “Our goal in establishing the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff was to position Houston and Reliant Stadium as a premier destination for college football. Having these two outstanding institutions in our 2015 game helps to enhance the credibility of that positioning significantly.”
This season Oklahoma State defeated Mississippi State 21-3 in the inaugural AdvoCare Texas Kickoff on Aug. 31. Wisconsin and LSU are slated to match up in next season's installment of the Kickoff on Aug. 30, 2014.