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Cotton Bowl 2013 Odds: Texas A&M opens as slight favorite

The odds-makers are expecting the game in Jerry World to be an old-school Big 12 shootout.


If the odds makers are right, points shouldn't be at a premium in this year's Cotton Bowl, which features high-powered spread offenses from Texas A&M and Oklahoma.

The Aggies, behind freshman sensation and Heisman front-runner Johnny "Football" Manziel, have opened as 4.5-point favorites over their longtime rivals from Norman.

Even more telling, the game has an over/under of 71.5, so fans should expect a lot of fireworks at Jerry World.

It will be the last game for Sooners senior quarterback Landry Jones, a four-year starter who will likely be an early pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

However, despite all the statistics he produced, Oklahoma was never in contention for a national title in his time there, a measuring stick for Sooners QB's in the Bob Stoops era.

Both teams are led by their offenses, as the Aggies are ranked third in the country in points scored, while the Sooners aren't too far behind them at No. 12.

And while they no longer annually meet on the gridiron, the two schools still compete heavily in recruiting, as many of the Oklahoma and Texas A&M players know each other from their days as high school players in Texas.

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