Texas A&M is receiving most of the love from college football experts predicting this year's Cotton Bowl matchup with Oklahoma. The Aggies went 10-2 (6-2) in their first season in the SEC, defeated the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide, and fielded Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Head coach Kevin Sumlin, in his first year at the helm, had a 2-1 bowl record in his previous job at Houston.
Oklahoma (10-2, 8-1) finished second in the Big 12, losing to Kansas State. The Sooners also suffered a loss against No. 1 Notre Dame. Oklahoma finished fourth nationally in passing yards per game, and 11th in scoring offense. Quarterback Landry Jones, who will be playing in his final collegiate game, threw for 3,989 yards and 29 touchdowns in the regular season.
Yahoo experts Pat Forde and Graham Watson both select Texas A&M to win, as do Yahoo users. Likewise, ESPN expert Will Harris expects a 38-34 Aggie victory. The experts at CBS Sports are nearly unanimous, with all but Tom Fornelli expecting an Aggies victory, though Bruce Feldman and Chip Patterson expect the Sooners to beat the 4.5-point spread.