Cotton Bowl tickets this year are for the 75’th annual game. Today, many Cotton Bowl tickets are assured of going out to Texas A&M fans. The Aggies accepted a berth to the January 7’th game, regardless of how the Big 12 championship plays out. With that, all they need to do now is find an SEC opponent for them. That final Cotton Bowl ticket will depend on the SEC title game, and on what the Capital One Bowl does as well.
Cotton Bowl president Rick Baker announced today that Texas A&M had been invited, after their hot finish to the regular season. In the past, Texas A&M frequently came here, when they were in the Southwest Conference. Now, the Aggies have surged back after a 9-3 year.
With one of the Cotton Bowl tickets punched, the next step is determining their SEC opponent. If Auburn loses to South Carolina, that could shake up the bowl destinations for every SEC team. But if the Tigers win after all, order will be maintained.
Baker shared that at this point, Alabama, LSU and Arkansas are possibilities. However, Arkansas would likely go to the Sugar Bowl if Auburn won, and already faced Texas A&M this year. If it comes down to Alabama and LSU, the Cotton may have to wait for the Capital One Bowl to pick one of them.
Michigan State is likely locked into the Capital One, with Alabama or LSU as their most likely opponent. Whoever isn’t chosen there would likely get the last Cotton Bowl tickets, with ESPN’s Richard Durrett predicting that it will be LSU. If the Tigers do face the Aggies, it would be the first meeting since 1995, but their 50’th of all-time.
Nowadays, the Cotton Bowl has slid down the list of prestigious events, as it isn’t even on New Years Day anymore. For Alabama and LSU, it would be a mere consolation prize, after their national title hopes were dashed. But for Texas A&M, it would mark a return to prominence, as they came from nowhere to tie for the Big 12 South crown.
The game is marking its 75’th anniversary this year, and a school with close ties to the bowl’s history is set to face an SEC power. But Cotton Bowl tickets are sold out to the public, showing that this event still has power left.
However, Texas A&M fans and students can now get tickets to the Cotton Bowl, for the first time since 2004. Alabama or LSU fans may get to do the same with them after Sunday, before the big game on January 7, 2011.
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ESPN- “Cotton Bowl excited about potential matchup”
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