Analyst Charles Davis will join play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson and sideline reporter Kristina Pink in broadcasting Fox's final Cotton Bowl at 7 p.m. Friday. Beginning next year, the bowl will be part of the college playoff structure and will be broadcast by ESPN. Davis discussed the game in a phone interview.
Will it be sad calling your final Cotton Bowl?
It's kind of a downer because we really enjoy the event and the people associated with it. We're going to try to go out on a high note.
What are some of the keys to the game?
You've got two excellent teams who competed for conference championships in two of the best conferences in the country, and while they didn't win, the reward is still one of the best bowls that is out there. And for both of them, it's really important because of the state of Texas — 71 kids at Oklahoma State is what they say are on their roster, 36 with Missouri and they kind of downgraded a little bit on their Texas recruiting because of the move to the SEC but it's still an important state to them.
Let's face it, when you have bowl games, and you have two teams coming in off losses, that's usually not a great recipe. It's like we got two teams who could have been somewhere else and thought they were going to be and now they are not, but for them that's why I brought in that state of Texas thing. You got so many kids going back to their home state that I think they get over their hangover pretty quickly and are really excited about playing this game.
Another key is going to be the quarterbacks. Who plays well and who plays clean in this game between Clint Chelf and James Franklin? I think Franklin is having a terrific year, had the shoulder injury and I don't think he has been quite as sharp since he's been back. But still the only game he lost as a starter this year came after the injury. We all know Clint's story, watching him grow and develop. And I think he would like to erase what happened in Bedlam.