Cotton Bowl president Rick Baker still isn't sure which SEC team will end up in the Jan. 7, 2011 game. But he knows that a traditional, former Southwest Conference team in Texas A&M will help anchor the game.
"With this as our 75th anniversary game, it’s special for us to have a team that is historically tied to the AT&T Cotton Bowl," Baker said. "They are one of the hottest teams in the country as well, coming off the win over Texas and winning six in a row. It makes for an exciting Big 12 team in our game."
Baker wouldn't say which way his bowl might be leaning in terms of a SEC opponent, though he considers Alabama, Arkansas and LSU as possibilities.
"We'll wait to let the process play out this weekend," Baker said.
But you can likely cross Arkansas off that list. Rarely does a bowl game want a rematch of a regular season game and the schools don't want it either. So depending on what happens in the SEC championship game and which team the Capital One Bowl takes, the Cotton Bowl will likely take Alabama or LSU.
I have nothing to base this on except logic, but since LSU played in the Capital One Bowl last year, they could decide to pass on the Tigers and take Alabama. That would leave LSU for the Cotton Bowl. If it is indeed LSU and Texas A&M, it would be the 50th meeting between the two teams, but the first since 1995. That would be pretty neat.
"We're in great position no matter what," Baker said. "We're already sold out and we might have just 400 or so single seats left on the internet. It will be a great atmosphere."