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Five keys to the Cotton Bowl

Updated: January 29, 2010, 12:05 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

We've seen in the past how disappointing regular-season endings can zap a team's emotion and concentration in the ensuing bowl game. Both Oklahoma State and Mississippi vow that won't be the case in Saturday's 74th Cotton Bowl Classic, the first to be played in the air-conditioned confines of Cowboys Stadium.

Mississippi rose all the way to No. 4 in the nation after a 2-0 start, but a 16-10 loss at South Carolina tumbled the Rebels down the rankings. They went on to lose three more games ...

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