Cotton Bowl: No. 9 Texas A&M vs. No. 11 Oklahoma
Friday night’s Cotton Bowl in Dallas will look and feel very much like an old Big 12 game as former rivals Texas A&M and Oklahoma face off in arguably the best non-BCS bowl matchup of the season. Both teams have five-game winning streaks, and both average more than 40 points and 500 total yards a game this season.
The Aggies’ first season in the SEC was a rousing success as QB Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and the Aggies upset No. 1 Alabama in finishing 10-2. They look like a rising superpower in college football’s top conference. The Aggies are making their first appearance in the AT&T Cotton Bowl as a member of the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M last appeared in the Classic in 2011, losing to LSU, 41-24.
Oklahoma, 10-2 and 8-1 in the Big 12, leads the all-time series against A&M, 19-11, with the Sooners winning last year’s meeting 41-25 in the final meeting as conference foes. The Sooners have won 11 of 13 games in the series since Bob Stoops became their coach
The Cotton Bowl matchup pits two of the nation’s top quarterbacks. Oklahoma’s Landry Jones is a four-year starter with close to 4,000 passing yards this season. He’s OU’s all-time passing leader with 12,379 yards. Jones can become the second player in college football history to start and win four bowl games as a quarterback. He would join West Virginia’s Pat White, who accomplished the feat from 2005-08.
Manziel was the first SEC quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000. Manziel has 70 plays that gained at least 20 yards this season, 10 more than any other FBS player. He was tied for the eighth-most passes (52) and the third-most rushes (18) of 20-plus yards. Manziel is one rushing touchdown away from becoming only the fourth player with 20 passing and 20 rushing touchdowns in a season in FBS history. Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, and Colin Kaepernick are the others.
The last three Heisman winners to play in a bowl game each won the game (Mark Ingram in 2009, Cam Newton in 2010 and Robert Griffin III in 2011).
The Sooners are looking for their first four-game bowl win streak since 1978-81, which would tie the school record for consecutive bowl wins. The Aggies are looking to win consecutive bowl games for the first time since a three-game streak spanning 1978-85.
WagerWeb.com opening odds: Texas A&M -3 (73.5). Check current lines.
WagerWeb.com trends: Favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. Aggies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big 12. Aggies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Bowl games. Aggies are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games. Sooners are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games. Sooners are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. Sooners are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game. Sooners are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in January. Sooners are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. SEC.