Cotton foes' seasons went downhill

The 2010 Cotton Bowl, the 74th edition of the classic game, will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Jan. 2. Perhaps playing under Jerry Jones' giant video board will serve as a consolation prize for both Oklahoma State and Mississippi, two teams that hoped to be playing a little later in the first week of January.

Mississippi, riding high off last year's Cotton Bowl victory over Texas Tech, came into the season ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, moved up to No. 4 after Week 2, and with former Texas quarterback Jevan Snead leading the charge, had high hopes. But, an ugly, 16-10 loss in Week 3 at South Carolina tumbled the Rebels all the way down to No. 21. After losses to Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State, the Rebels come to the Cotton Bowl unranked.

No. 19 Oklahoma State also had its sights set on a BCS game. But, it had the setback of stud wide receiver Dez Bryant being suspended for lying to the NCAA about a visit to Deion Sanders' house and later quarterback Zac Robinson was stung by injuries.

Still, beat hobbled in-state rival Oklahoma and the Cowboys were likely headed to the BCS. The Sooners pasted OSU, 27-0.