With the Cowboys homebound after losing to the Redskins Sunday night, the Cotton Bowl game between Texas A&M and Oklahoma is the only show in town for northeast Texas this weekend. Fortunately it's a marquee matchup, with two two-loss teams from the Big 12 and SEC squaring off. The Cotton Bowl will be played in Cowboys Stadium on Saturday, January 4. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET.
The Aggies season was thrown off early, with a non-conference game against Louisiana Tech postponed due to Hurricane Isaac. Though re-scheduled, A&M was forced to open their season up against Florida, who would finish the season ranked 3rd in the BCS standings. They lost to the Gators, but responded well, losing only to LSU for the remainder of the season. Their signature win came against then-No. 1 Alabama, where quarterback Johnny Manziel sketched out his Heisman candidacy with the combination of his arm and his legs.
Both of Oklahoma's losses came against teams that would finish in the top 5 after the regular season, dropping games against Kansas State and Notre Dame. The Sooners finished with an 8-1 record in the Big 12, good for second in the conference. Senior quarterback Landry Jones will finish his career with his second BCS Bowl game, having played in the Fiesta Bowl following his sophomore campaign. Oklahoma has not been in the Cotton Bowl since 2002, when they defeated Arkansas 10-3.