The Cotton Bowl is one of the games on the college football bowl schedule this year, and today, I’m set to make my NCAA football pointspread picks for the ‘total’ in this clash. The Texas A&M Aggies and the Oklahoma Cowboys are going to do battle at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, TX. Join me for my Cotton Bowl tips for this 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff that can be seen on FOX.
Last night in the Fiesta Bowl, we got ourselves a heck of a lesson in what happens when teams have this much time off to prepare for games. Sometimes, you do get the games like Arizona/Nevada where there are darn near 100 points scored, and sometimes you do end up with some odd results like when Louisville beat Florida. However, as the bowl season wears on, what tends to get lost in the shuffle is that these teams that are playing this time of year that won 10-11 or even more games in the regular season is that they just couldn’t do that all without a defense. Offense is still sexy. Defense still wins games consistently. There’s a reason that the SEC continues to win National Championship after National Championship and why this year won’t be an exception whatsoever when push comes to shove.
2013 Cotton Bowl
Texas A&M Aggies (10-2, 7-5 ATS) -3.5
Oklahoma Cowboys (10-2, 6-6 ATS) +3.5
What I think tends to be forgotten in this one is that these two defenses were pretty darn good. Most get caught up in the 57 points that the Aggies allowed to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and forget that when push comes to shove, the unit still ended up allowing just 389.3 yards and 22.5 points per game, numbers that were both respectable, especially by SEC West standards. The LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide both scored just 24 against this defense, and that certainly isn’t half bad when you really think about it. Oklahoma’s defense did have a few suspect games there in the middle of the Big XII campaign, but again, in the end, 378.8 yards and 24.2 points per game isn’t terrible, especially when you consider the fact that this was one of the toughest schedules in America this year.
So I implore you to forget about the fact that QB Landry Jones might be an NFL quarterback and forget about the fact that Johnny Football won the Heisman. Oh, both of them will get their moments. It’s not like I’m saying that this will be a 14-10 game by any stretch of the imagination. It doesn’t have to be, though. Even getting both of these teams in the low-30s doesn’t ultimately get this one to the ‘total’, nor does it really come all that close, and that’s precisely what I think we’re going to ultimately see in the Cotton Bowl when push comes to shove.
Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma Picks & Tips: Under 72.5