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5 Reasons to Watch the AT&T Cotton Bowl

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5 Reasons to Watch the AT&T Cotton Bowl

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If you are unable to watch any of the BCS games this year, the AT&T Cotton Bowl would be a terrific back-up plan to catch. Since the game shifted to the new AT&T Stadium in Dallas, the game has gotten that much bigger and better for college football. It may not be labeled as a BCS game, but historically the Cotton Bowl name is just as recognized as any other.

This year's game figures to be an entertaining one between the Big 12's Oklahoma State Cowboys and the SEC's Missouri Tigers. On January 3, it will be very interesting to see just how the ratings play out as the Cotton Bowl will be opposite the Orange Bowl in prime-time on two different networks.

Both teams will be heading into Dallas coming off of losses. In addition, on the final weekend of the regular season both teams had an opportunity to win their conference championship only to come up empty. It will be key to see if either team, on the big stage, will come out of the gates slow. That could prove to be the x-factor as both teams like to run up-tempo attacks, and that would be a knockout punch against any slow start.

These two teams may not have the same levels of history as an Alabama or Stanford, but they have been two of the rising programs over the last few years. Head coaches Mike Gundy and Gary Pinkel have done marvelous jobs in building the two programs. Pinkel specifically has had to adjust to a conference change as well.

While both schools had National Championship aspirations, the Cotton Bowl is not a bad second option. Here are five reasons to keep the dial on the AT&T Cotton Bowl and avoid any channel changing.

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5. Old School Big 12 Battle

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For the fans that may not be able to keep up with all of the conference realignments, both of these teams used to play for the Big 12. In the past this was an October afternoon conference clash, and now it is on a big-time stage in a major bowl game. These are former rivals that will be familiar with each other come game time.

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4. James Franklin

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James Franklin is the dual-threat quarterback for Missouri. He did miss a few games this year with an injury, but during the SEC title game he certainly showed off what he is capable of. Franklin is a senior, and the Cotton Bowl will be his final game before preparing for the combine.

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3. Offensive Shootout

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The scoreboard operator better be ready for this match-up. Both teams average over 35 points per game, and touchdowns could be scored at a fast pace. To be fair, both defenses can be stingy at times. But with an up-tempo pace set by both teams, the defenses may not be able to keep up, thus creating gaps for the offenses to race through.

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2. Dorial Green-Beckham

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Dorial Green-Beckham is just a sophomore, but he is one of the top wide receivers in college football. He is tall, lanky, and quick with a great set of hands. He could be viewed as a clone of A.J Green and Calvin Johnson. Beckham is a big-time receiver in the making and figures to put up some numbers during this game.

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1. The Best Non-BCS Game

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On paper, this is the best non-BCS game on the schedule. It figures to be a fun, exciting game between two schools that will be excited to be apart of the Cotton Bowl festivities. If you change the channel too often you just may miss something great.