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Sources say Rutgers to play Louisiana Tech in 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl

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Remember, the last time we played a bowl game in Texas, things turned out pretty good! And we'll be in the historic (and old) Cotton Bowl Stadium.

The stars at night, are big and bright......
The stars at night, are big and bright......
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UPDATE: Rutgers is headed for Detroit to play UNC in the Quick Lane Bowl.

On Rutgers' last trip to The Lone Star State, and specifically to Dallas, the Knights took three overtimes to beat SMU, 55-52.  In 2006, RU won its first bowl game in Houston, topping K-State 37-10. So in this century, we're undefeated in the state of Texas.  Sounds like a good start to me.

On the other hand, three of the first four HOD Bowls had Big Ten teams in them...and all three lost.

2011:Texas Tech 45 vs.Northwestern 38

2012: Houston 30 vs.Penn State 14

2013: Oklahoma State 58  vs.Purdue 14

Looks like we're headed to the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.  It's not what some were hoping for, but it is a bowl in a pretty interesting place.


Zaxby's is a franchised chain of fast casual restaurants offering chicken wings, chicken fingers, sandwiches, and salads. The company operates primarily in the Southeastern United States with more than 600 locations.  It has seven locations in Texas and three within 25 miles of the Cotton Bowl.  Just in case you wanted to know.

Where and When

Location: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, Texas

Date & Time: December 26 - 1:00 PM


The Heart of Dallas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events.  It will be broadcast on ESPN.

The Opponent

For this year, the C-USA team is the home team.  Which means.....

Louisiana Tech  8-5, 7-1 C-USA (West Div Champions)


Box office prices: $25 - $125

Rutgers Ticket office:  Toll-Free 1-866-445-GORU (4678)  Email:   


If you're willing to leave Christmas night (hands....anyone?) Orbitz has a round trip flight for just over $500 leaving Newark at 6:25 pm ET and gets you into Dallas at 8:33 am CT the next day.  Right, you change planes and have a 15 hour trip.  Or, you could leave Newark at 7:50 am the day of the game, arriving in Dallas at 10:55 am.  Okay, that's gonna be up to you.  I'm just giving you ideas.

Dallas Weather

I remember watching a Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day when I was a kid and it was snowing.  Just a heads up.

The average December temperatures in Big D:  High  58    Low 32

Average rainfall precipitation is 2.8" for December.