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 ]

View Texas AM vs Oklahoma Odds and Stats.

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.

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Texas A&M Bowl History


Year Bowl Team1 Score Team2 Score Team2Line ATS win
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


Year Bowl Team1 Score Team2 Score Team2Line ATS win
1999 Independence Bowl Mississippi 27 Oklahoma 25 -4 MISS
2000 Orange Bowl Florida State 2 Oklahoma 13 11.5 OKLA
2001 Cotton Bowl Oklahoma 10 Arkansas 3 12 ARK
2002 Rose Bowl Washington State 14 Oklahoma 34 5 OKLA
2003 Sugar Bowl Oklahoma 14 LSU 21 6 LSU
2004 Orange Bowl Oklahoma 19 Southern Cal 55 -3 USC
2005 Holiday Bowl Oklahoma 17 Oregon 14 -3 OKLA
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
2009 Sun Bowl Stanford 27 Oklahoma 31 -10.5 STANFO
2010 Fiesta Bowl Connecticut 20 Oklahoma 48 -16 OKLA
2011 Insight Bowl Iowa 14 Oklahoma 31 -14 OKLA

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

 

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