Northwestern vs. Texas A&M in NYE bowl

Northwestern will face Texas A&M in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. CT, the school announced on its website.

"Everyone associated with Northwestern is thrilled and honored to accept this invitation to play on New Year's Eve in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas," Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips said in a statement. "Our football program and fans have tremendously enjoyed our recent bowl experiences in Texas so to have the chance to return there and be in a city with as much to offer as Houston is an exciting prospect. Add to that the opportunity to play in a beautiful NFL venue against a program the caliber of Texas A&M and you really have the ideal situation for another memorable bowl season."

It's a school-record fifth consecutive year in a bowl for Northwestern.

"This is an exciting time for Northwestern football as we head to our fourth consecutive bowl game," head coach Pat Fitzgerald said in a statement. "I'm very proud of the team we'll be bringing to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, one that is led by a remarkable group of seniors, and we're looking forward to the challenge presented by an outstanding Texas A&M team. On top of that, the city of Houston is one that is very important to us from a recruiting standpoint so it will be a great chance to showcase our Northwestern football program."

Fans can purchase tickets through the Northwestern Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased online at NUsports.com beginning at 6 p.m. CT tonight, by calling 1-888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775) or in person at the ticket office (1501 Central Street, Evanston, Ill. 60208).