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FAQ: Texas Bowl

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The 2011 Texas Bowl is just days away. We're sure you have so many questions. We're here to help. (For an Xs and Os breakdown, check out Ben Glicksman's game preview.)

What's all this, then? There was a once Meineke Car Care Bowl. This is not that bowl. That is that bowl. This is the Texas Bowl, now with a title sponsor.

Where will this game be played? Reliant Stadium in Houston, home of the Texans, which we have always liked because it was the first stadium to feature a roof but also a real grass field. We imagine hordes of roving Pomeranians roosting there in the offseason and luxuriating in the cushy turf.

Pomeranians move in packs in the wild? They migrate from the DFW Metroplex.

When is it on television? Kickoff is scheduled for noon ET on Saturday, December 31. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Whom does it feature? Tie-ins for all five whole years of this bowl's storied history have included the Big East, Conference USA, Mountain West, Big 12 and Big Ten.

What about this year? Backsliding again in terms of quality, we're presented with Northwestern and Texas A&M, both 6-6 following the regular season.

Hold up. Two 6-6 teams get to play on New Year's Eve? Slow your roll, cowhand; we're not even to the worst game of the day, which will feature one 6-6 team and one team with a losing record.

Who will call the game? Bob Wischusen, Brian Griese and Eamon McAnaney.

Enough about the football. What about the loot? Fire up your best "bigger in Texas" adages: 32-inch flatscreen televisions await participating players -- along with, of course, commemorative belt buckles.

What mild indignities/wacky activities will visiting teams be subjected to while in town? There's always the midweek Rodeo Bowl; here's a handy video of Illinois' experiences calf penning and such last year.

Please impart any miscellaneous knowledge you might have concerning the 2011 Texas Bowl. Even with the new name, it's still the only college football postseason contest with a belt buckle for a logo, earning top marks from our judges for ease of branding.

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