When: Jan. 2, 11 a.m. ET
The Game: One of the oldest traditions in college football, the Cotton Bowl dates back to 1937, when Sammy Baugh played in the first game. Always a showcase for the Big 12, as it was for the Southwestern Conference before that, the Cotton Bowl also this year will feature a representative from the SEC, as it has for the last four seasons.
The Teams: Texas Tech (9-2, 6-2) tied for second in the Big 12 South and shared the second-best record in the conference. Alabama (9-2, 6-2) finished third in the SEC West and had the fourth-best record in the conference.
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