University of Oklahoma was edged out of a BCS bowl berth when Northern Illinois was invited to the Orange Bowl and will face Texas A&M and quarterback Johnny Manziel in the Cotton Bowl on Jan 1 in Dallas, Tx.
The former Big 12 rivals will be one of the marquee non-BCS matchups and should provide quite a bit of offensive fireworks for the fans in Dallas and watching at home.
Texas A&M has the third best scoring offense this season averaging more than 44 points per game behind Manziel who broke the SEC record for total yards of offense this season as a redshirt freshman and is the presumptive favorite to capture the Heisman trophy.
If he indeed does win the award he will be the first freshman to win the bronze stiff-armed statue in the history of the award.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones leads the Sooners attack that finished with the fifth best passing offense this season and averaged more than 40 points per game.
The two teams used to meet every year as members of the Big 12 conference, but Texas A&M defected to join the SEC this season and finished in third place in the competitive SEC west division, but still completed the regular season with a top 10 ranking and a win over Alabama.
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