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To beat the Cotton Bowl odds, you have to put a heck of a lot of work into the game. Our college football expert handicappers have done just that here at Cappers Info, and we think that we have the winning edge for the clash between the Texas A&M Aggies vs. Oklahoma Sooners.
Cotton Bowl Picks: Texas A&M Aggies vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Date: Friday, January 4th, 8:00 ET
Location: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX
Cotton Bowl Betting Odds: Texas A&M -3
Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma Live TV Coverage: FOX
It’s funny what happens when you move to the SEC. The Aggies would have never, ever been favored in this game last year in the Big XII had they met with Oklahoma, but now that these two teams are in a bowl game together and A&M has an upset over the team that almost seems destined to win the BCS National Championship, the Alabama Crimson Tide. Of course, it also helps that redshirt freshman QB Johnny Manziel now has the Heisman Trophy to his credit as well after what clearly amounts to the best year that an Aggie has ever had in the history of this program. That doesn’t change what this ultimately is though, and that’s a game between two teams that are truly awfully similar to one another.
Head Coach Bob Stoops hasn’t always been the best bowl game planner in the world, but historically, Head Coach Kevin Sumlin and his crazy offense have gotten figured out in bowl games in the past when teams have had a few weeks or more to try to look over what he is bringing to the table. Granted, we do recognize that it is tough to ignore Manziel and the fact that there is just no way to simulate what he offers to the game. QB Blake Bell is probably the best comparison that Oklahoma has in practice, but even that isn’t truly suitable, because Bell, though a great power back, can’t really throw the ball that well. That’s what really makes Manziel dangerous when push comes to shove.
We still can’t ignore the fact that Oklahoma did go 10-2 this year, and the only trips came against a Kansas State team that was one bad game away from playing for the BCS National Championship, and a Notre Dame team that is playing for all of the marbles. There is a lot of hype that has been made out of A&M this year, but this is the same team that allowed 29 points to Missouri, 28 points to Samford, 21 points to Auburn, and most notably, 57 points to Louisiana Tech. The defense just isn’t all that great for the Aggies, and we think that that is what is going to ultimately come back to bite them in the Cotton Bowl.
Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma Pick: Oklahoma Sooners +3
Cotton Bowl Score Prediction: Oklahoma 38 – Texas A&M 30