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2011 Cotton Bowl Game: TV Time, Location, History And More

To help prime you for the home stretch of bowl games, we've compiled this handy list of fun factoids concerning the 2011 Cotton Bowl.

Proper name: AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, so named because orange and blue clash as fiercely as tens of thousands of people trying to send game photos via their smartphones over a terrible network.

Setting: Trivia alert! Not the Cotton Bowl! The game moved to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, popularly known as the Jerrydome, beginning with last season's tilt.

Traditional conference pairing: Big 12 versus SEC

2010 matchup: The No. 11 LSU Tigers (10-2) and the No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies (9-3)

Announcers: We're unhappy to report that FOX's stranglehold on college football has not yet been entirely shaken loose, although the selection of announcers could have been worse: Kenny Albert Daryl Johnston, and John Lynch have the call.

Weather: In a dome, this doesn't matter, but Saturday's forecast calls for cool temperatures and mostly cloudy skies, for those of you who like to plan your parking-lot tailgate garb well in advance.

Neatest fact: This game joins the Citrus Bowl in the ignominious category of "games that have been, at one point in their history, not played in the stadiums after which they were named, which seems dumb."

Closest finish: There have been two 0-0 ties in the history of the Classic, and the first marked LSU's debut appearance in the contest, on New Year's Day 1947.

Most lopsided finish: The 1991 game saw mighty Miami mop the field with Texas, 46-3.

Tidbits of interest: The list of former MVPs is a veritable history primer of college football stardom, including Sammy Baugh, Doak Walker, Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Joe Montana, Bo Jackson, Chris Spielman, Troy Aikman, Carl Pickens, Keyshawn Johnson, Ricky Williams, Roy Williams, Eli Manning, and Dexter McCluster (a two-time winner). There are Division I programs that still don't match the attendance record of around 40,000 for the 1939 Cotton Bowl. This will mark the first year the game hasn't been played within a day of January 1, but if that's in an effort to sidle up to and appear one with the BCS games, the BBVA Compass Bowl dispels that notion about as well as it can be dispelled. 

The 2011 Cotton Bowl kicks off at 8 p.m. EST, Friday, January 7. The game will be televised on FOX. For more bowl scores and highlights, browse our 2010 college football postseason schedule.