Northern Illinois bumps Oklahoma out of the BCS, but the Sooners have a nice landing spot. Texas A&M will once again play in the Cotton, this time representing the SEC West.
Oklahoma, ousted from the BCS by MAC champion Northern Illinois, will settle on the Cotton Bowl, regularly regarded as a bowl just a step shy, if that, of the BCS games in prestige. Texas A&M, 10-2 on the year, will represent the SEC, according to multiple reports from all over. The SEC!
The first Cotton Bowl game was played Jan. 1, 1937, between TCU and Marquette with TCU winning, 16-6. The Texas Longhorns have appeared in the most games, amassing an 11-10-1 record in 22 appearances.
The Arkansas Razorbacks and Texas A&M Aggies are tied for second in appearances with 12, with the Razorbacks going 4-7-1 and the Aggies going 4-8 in their games. The SEC has won eight of the past nine games. The game was played in Cotton Bowl stadium from 1937 until the 2010 game before moving to its current location at Cowboys Stadium.
TV schedule: Jan. 4, 2013, 8:00 pm ET on FOX
Locale: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Capacity: 80,000
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Last year's score: Arkansas 29, Kansas State 16
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