Texas A&M Aggies vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Tip-off: Friday, January 4, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Cowboys Stadium, ARLINGTON, TX
As college football fans everywhere wait for the matchup between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Alabama Crimson Tide for the BCS championship, there’s a bowl game three days earlier that YouWager bettors are pretty excited about too.
The main reason for that is because tonight Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and 10th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies will take on No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on and while the game isn’t a BCS bowl it’s likely to be very exciting.
The Sooners chances came to a halt when Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois Huskies moved up to 15th, which was enough to secure an automatic bid. The Aggies were left out because three SEC teams (Alabama, Florida, LSU) were ranked higher, with the Bama and Florida representing the conference in BCS bowls.
Oklahoma split the Big 12 title with the Kansas State Wildcats, however this team clinched the league’s automatic BCS bid because they won 24-19 at Oklahoma on Sept. 22.
That certainly makes this a very intriguing preview in this game between former Big 12 foes, especially with Manziel the talk of the sport after becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman. In addition, he was also named AP Player of the Year by a decisive margin.
While thrilled he made history in winning the Heisman, Manziel was quick to get his mind set about what he was doing next.
Before Texas A&M begin that quest, they will face an Oklahoma team — led by senior quarterback Landry Jones — that suffered its only other defeat by a 30-13 score at home to Notre Dame on Oct. 27.
Jones had another amazing season, completing 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,989 yards and 29 TDs. He set a school record with 554 yards in a 50-49 victory versus the West Virginia Mountaineers on Nov. 17 and passed for 500 more the following week in a 51-48 overtime win over then-No. 22 Sooners, making him the career Big 12 career leader in passing yards.
A 244-yard performance in a season-ending 24-17 victory against the TCU Horned Frogs on Dec. 1 gave him 16,368 yards — third most in NCAA history — and 122 TDs in 51 games at Oklahoma.