SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Two teams who have never met before are heading to the bowl game at Chase Field.

Texas Christian University will face off against California in the 30th annual Cheez-It Bowl in downtown Phoenix on Dec. 26.

Cal boasts of having one of the nation's top defenses, allowing 200 fewer yards and 21 fewer points per game than they did two years ago.

The Golden Bears won two of its final three games to earn the school's third bid to the Cheez-It Bowl. The last time they played in the game was in 2003 when they beat Virginia Tech, 52-49.

TCU finished the season with back-to-back wins to get to .500 and earn their 16th bowl trip in 18 years under coach Gary Patterson. This is the first appearance in the Cheez-It Bowl.

“It is a great honor to host these two accomplished teams in the Valley for a unique matchup played on a baseball diamond turned gridiron,” said Steve Leach, chairman of the Cheez-It Bowl Board of Directors.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Arizona time at Chase Field. Tickets are starting at $35, and available by visiting

All tickets purchased for the Cheez-It Bowl support Fiesta Bowl Charities, which has given $12.5 million to the Arizona community in the last eight years in charitable giving, including $2.5 million for the 2018-19 season, the most of any college football bowl organization.


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