NO. 9 TEXAS A&M VS. NO. 11 OKLAHOMA
What: Cotton Bowl
When: 7 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 4, 2013
Where: Cowboys Stadium; Arlington, Texas
TV: Fox (KOKH-25, Cox 12/712 HD, Dish 25, DirecTV 25, U-verse 25)
Radio: KOKC-AM 1520, KRXO-107.7 FM, KXXY-96.9 FM
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
Record: 10-2 (6-2 SEC); opening game against Louisiana Tech postponed from Aug. 30; lost 20-17 to Florida on Sept. 8; defeated SMU 48-3 on Sept. 15; defeated South Carolina State 70-14 on Sept. 22; defeated Arkansas 58-10 on Sept. 29; defeated Ole Miss 30-27 on Oct. 6; defeated Louisiana Tech 59-57 on Oct. 13; lost to LSU 24-19 on Oct. 20; defeated Auburn 63-21 on Oct. 27; defeated Mississippi State 38-13 on Nov. 3; defeated Alabama 29-24 on Nov. 10; defeated Sam Houston State 47-28 on Nov. 17; defeated Missouri 59-29 on Nov. 24.
Signature win of the year: Question: How do you say, “Who did Alabama lose to in 2012?” Answer: At the hands of Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M. The game was played in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and broke ‘Bama's 13-game win streak. The victory shot Manziel into Heisman chatter and gave Tide fans a reason to wonder if their team would make a repeat appearance in the national championship game. In the game, Manziel passed for 253 yards and rushed for 92. The Aggies also picked off ‘Bama quarterback AJ McCarron twice.
Series history: The Sooners are 19-11 against the Aggies all-time, including a 41-25 victory in 2011, which was Texas A&M's final season in the Big 12. With Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops at the helm, the Sooners are 11-2 against the Aggies.
Best player: Johnny Manziel, otherwise known around Texas as “Johnny Football,” is one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. The freshman has thrown for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns. He is also the Aggies' leading rusher with 181 carries for 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns. He's averaging 6.4 yards per carry. When Oklahoma faces off against Manziel, it will be the third Heisman Trophy contender it has faced in the 2012 season.
Who could win: This is not a BCS bowl game, but it's still an incredible bowl for the Sooners to play. At least they're playing a team ranked in the Top 10. With that said, the arguments:
The Oklahoma argument: The Sooners are undefeated on the road, have won all four of their games played in Texas and won all five times they played a Texas team this year. With the options at wide receivers and Landry Jones' late-season comeback victories, the Sooners will look to toughen up their defense over the next 32 days for a rematch against an old conference foe.
The Texas A&M argument: Manziel continues to perform up to the standards that have made him the most electrifying player in college football this season by dominating Oklahoma's weak defense through the air and on the ground.
Plus, the Aggies could hand Oklahoma another loss from another Heisman contender. Ouch.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM