Cotton Bowl betting preview
In the renewal of a recently discontinued conference rivalry 10-2 Texas A&M, led by Johnny Football, takes on 10-2 Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl Friday, Jan. 4 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington (8 pm ET, Fox).
The early Cotton Bowl betting odds were listing the Aggies, who went 6-2 in their first season of SEC action, as four-point favorites over the Sooners, who tied for first in the Big 12 at 8-1 but lost the tie-breaker to K State.
UNDERs have prevailed at a 8-3 clip over the past 11 Cotton Bowls. And Texas A&M has struggled to a 2-7 ATS mark in its past 9 bowl games. [ More Cotton Bowl betting stats, trend sand predictions ]
Betting Line: Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Aggies listed as 4.5-point favorites earlier this week at Bovada. Meanwhile, the over under line was sitting around 71.5 in early betting at 5Dimes.
Texas A&M Bowl History
|1995||Alamo Bowl||Michigan||20||Texas A&M||22||5||TEXA&M|
|1997||Cotton Bowl||UCLA||29||Texas A&M||23||12||TEXA&M|
|1998||Sugar Bowl||Ohio State||24||Texas A&M||14||12||TEXA&M|
|1999||Alamo Bowl||Penn State||24||Texas A&M||0||-6||PENNST|
|2000||Independence Bowl||Mississippi State||43||Texas A&M||41||-1||MIS.ST|
|2001||GalleryFurniture.com Bowl||TCU||9||Texas A&M||28||-4.5||TEXA&M|
|2004||Cotton Bowl||Tennessee||38||Texas A&M||7||-5||TENN|
|2006||Holiday Bowl||Texas A&M||10||California||45||-3.5||CAL|
|2007||Alamo Bowl||Penn State||24||Texas A&M||17||4.5||PENNST|
|2009||Independence Bowl||Texas A&M||20||Georgia||44||-6.5||GEORGI|
|2010||Cotton Bowl||Texas A&M||24||LSU||41||-1.5||LSU|
|2011||Meineke Car Care Bowl||Texas A&M||33||Northwestern||22||9.5||TEXA&M|
Oklahoma Bowl History
|2000||Orange Bowl||Florida State||2||Oklahoma||13||11.5||OKLA|
|2002||Rose Bowl||Washington State||14||Oklahoma||34||5||OKLA|
|2004||Orange Bowl||Oklahoma||19||Southern Cal||55||-3||USC|
|2006||Fiesta Bowl||Boise State||43||Oklahoma||42||-7||BOISE|
|2007||Fiesta Bowl||West Virginia||48||Oklahoma||28||-6||WESTV|
|2008||BCS Championship Game||Florida||24||Oklahoma||14||3||FLA|
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma's No. 12-ranked offense (40.2 PPG) against a Aggies defense that ranks No. 30 at 22.5 PPG. The Sooners passing attack has averaged 341.3 yards per game, more than the Aggies give up through the air (248.4 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Aggies feature the league's No. 23-rated road run defense, allowing 129 yards per game. Oklahoma, meanwhile, ranks No. 66 in rushing offense at home.
Texas A&M won its last outing, a 59-29 result against Missouri on November 24. Texas A&M covered in that game as a 23-point favorite, while the 88 combined points took the game OVER the total. In their last game, Texas A&M's aerial attack generated 372 yards and the Aggies came away with a 59-29 victory over Missouri at Kyle Field.
Oklahoma was a 24-17 winner in their most recent outing on the road against TCU. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (41) made winners of UNDER bettors. TCU was unable to contain Damien Williams in its last action Saturday and the result was a 24-17 Week 14 loss against the Sooners.
Texas A&M Aggies Trends:
When playing in January are 0-4
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When favored on the road are 9-1
Oklahoma Sooners Trends:
When playing in January are 4-5
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When an underdog at home are 4-6
A few Aggies at Sooners trends to consider:
Texas A&M is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Texas A&M's last 10 games when playing Oklahoma
Texas A&M is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Oklahoma
Texas A&M is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Oklahoma
Oklahoma is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Oklahoma is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Texas A&M
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oklahoma's last 10 games when playing Texas A&M