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OU football: Sooners may have more to gain in Cotton Bowl

Oklahoma gets chance to represent Big 12 against Texas A&M and make a statement.
by Jason Kersey Published: December 2, 2012

Oklahoma also gets a chance to represent the Big 12 Conference against one of its proud expats; Texas A&M loves being an SEC school, so a Sooner win over the top-10 Aggies — who won at then-No. 1 and national-title contender Alabama this season — on national television would be huge for conference pride.

Much bigger, even, than beating Florida in New Orleans.

Finally, with a month to prepare, Mike Stoops and his much-maligned Oklahoma defense could make a huge statement with a strong performance against the Aggies and Manziel — who, by the way, will be the last of the three leading Heisman candidates to face the Sooners.

OU lost at home on Sept. 22 to Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, and on Oct. 27 to Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.

“To leave teams out like Georgia, and Florida, and Texas A&M and Oklahoma?” Herbstreit continued Sunday evening.

“All of us want to see them in games that matter. And you're gonna give us Northern Illinois?”

All of Sooner Nation is understandly upset to be left out of the BCS party. But there's no doubt that an Oklahoma-Texas A&M showdown in the Cotton Bowl does matter.

And, as it turns out, it matters far more than almost all the BCS bowls.