Source: OSU vs. Ole Miss in Cotton Bowl

December, 1, 2009
12/01/09
9:09
AM CT
The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic matchup will feature Oklahoma State and Mississippi, a source confirmed Tuesday.

The Jan. 2 game will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington for the first time. The selected teams won’t be made official until later this week or after Saturday’s championship games once the Big 12 and SEC release it. The Cotton Bowl gets the first selection of Big 12 teams after the BCS is determined, making Oklahoma State an easy choice. But the Capital One Bowl takes the first SEC West team ahead of the Cotton Bowl and they will likely take LSU. That left the Cotton Bowl to choose between 8-4 Ole Miss and a handful of 7-5 teams.

Mississippi returns for the second straight year, after defeating Texas Tech in the final Cotton Bowl played at the Cotton Bowl last January. Oklahoma State faced Ole Miss the last time they went to the Cotton Bowl in 2004. The Rebels won that game 31-28 behind Eli Manning’s three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).

Oklahoma State has dealt with the suspension of playmaking wide receiver Dez Bryant and numerous injuries, yet still finished 9-3. A win over Oklahoma on Saturday would have made OSU a possible BCS at-large team.

Ole Miss started the 2009 season in the top 10 and jumped into the top 5 before losing the third game of the season to South Carolina. Mississippi also lost at home to Alabama and on the road at Auburn and Mississippi State.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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