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Cotton Bowl begins era at Cowboys Stadium

By BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Published: December 13, 2009
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STILLWATER — The Cotton Bowl Classic will take another step toward joining the BCS when the 2010 edition of the prestigious bowl game is played in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 2.

Oklahoma State will play Ole Miss in the first Cotton Bowl Classic played at the brand new stadium commonly known as "Jerry World” after a 73-year run at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.

Cotton Bowl president Rick Baker said the desire to join the BCS wasn’t the driving motive behind the move from Cotton Bowl Stadium to Cowboys Stadium.

"Over the years our Achilles’ heel has been the unpredictability of the weather around the new year,” Baker said. "By moving to Cowboys Stadium it takes the weather equation out of our game.”

Cotton Bowl Stadium is an open-air facility, while Cowboys Stadium features a retractable roof.

"Cotton Bowl Stadium was a terrific home for us for 73 years,” Baker said. "(Even) with Texas Stadium across town from us (for 30-plus years) we stayed at the Cotton Bowl because Texas Stadium didn’t provide any protection from the weather; this stadium does.”

Thus making the Cotton Bowl Classic that much more attractive to the BCS.

The earliest the Cotton Bowl could become a BCS bowl is 2015. Adding the Cotton Bowl could become an option if the BCS expands from 10 to 12 teams and adds another bowl game at the expiration of its new television contract with ESPN, which begins next season (Fox holds the television rights to this year’s BCS bowl games).