Goodyear Cotton Bowl

Cotton Bowl

The Michigan State Spartans and Alabama Crimson Tide each navigated their way to their conference championship games with 11-1 straight-up regular season records, and secured their spots in the College Football Playoff with wins in those conference title games. Now the Spartans and Crimson Tide will collide on New Year's Eve in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Kickoff: Thursday, December 31 @ 8:00pm ET
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Additional Read: Michigan State vs Alabama Betting

2015 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Odds
TeamOpening Line
Michigan State+10

Odds at 5Dimes

Team Records
Michigan StateBig Ten12-15-7-16-7

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Matchup

Fueled by a Heisman caliber season from Derrick Henry on offense and another excellent year from the defense, Alabama ended the season on a 10-0 SU and 6-4 ATS run. Henry finished the regular season with 1,986 rushing yards and 23 rushing touchdowns, rushing the ball over 40 times in both the Iron Bowl against Auburn and the SEC title game against Florida. Alabama went 12-1 SU and 7-6 ATS on the season overall.

Michigan State had its share of struggles over an 8-1 SU and 2-7 ATS start to the season, allowing 24 points per game and allowing too many teams to stay in close games including a 39-38 loss to Nebraska. But since that loss, the Spartans have been sensational going 4-0 SU and 3-0-1 ATS with only 12.5 points per game against and wins over Ohio State and Iowa. The hot finish wrapped up a 12-1 SU and 5-7-1 ATS campaign for the Spartans.

Points could be hard to come by with two Top-20 scoring defenses taking the field at AT&T Stadium in the Cotton Bowl. Perhaps the most interesting dynamic of this game will be Michigan State's rushing defense against the nation's leading rusher, Derrick Henry. The Spartans ranked seventh in the nation against the rush allowing only 113.1 yards per game this season, and were able to hold Ohio State's potent rushing offense to 86 yards in their 17-14 upset win over the Buckeyes.

Alabama is 5-1 SU and ATS in its last six games against Big Ten opponents. But the Spartans can never be overlooked as an underdog, going 9-4 SU and 11-1-1 ATS in their last 13 games with the odds going against them.

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Betting Trends
  • The favorite has covered in six of the last nine Cotton Bowls.
  • Michigan State is 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in its last seven games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The total has gone over in four of Michigan State's last five games after consecutive wins.
  • Michigan State is 16-1 SU in its last 17 games.
  • Alabama is 4-1 ATS in its last five games.
  • Alabama is 5-1 SU and ATS in its last six games against the Big 10.
  • The total has gone over in Alabama's last four games in December.

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Cotton Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Cotton BowlOregon6Colorado38-7COLOCOLO
1996Cotton BowlKansas State15BYU19+3BYUBYU
1997Cotton BowlUCLA29Texas A&M23+12TEXA&MUCLA
1998Cotton BowlMississippi State11Texas38-6.5TEXASTEXAS
1999Cotton BowlTexas6Arkansas27+5.5ARKARK
2000Cotton BowlTennessee21Kansas State35-3.5KAN.STKAN.ST
2001Cotton BowlOklahoma10Arkansas3+12ARKOKLA
2002Cotton BowlLSU20Texas35-10.5TEXASTEXAS
2003Cotton BowlMississippi31Oklahoma State28+3PushMISS
2004Cotton BowlTennessee38Texas A&M7-5TENNTENN
2005Cotton BowlAlabama13Texas Tech10-3ALABALAB
2006Cotton BowlNebraska14Auburn17-2.5AUBRNAUBRN
2007Cotton BowlArkansas7Missouri38-3.5MIZZOUMIZZOU
2008Cotton BowlMississippi47Texas Tech34-4MISSMISS
2009Cotton BowlMississippi21Oklahoma State7+3.5MISSMISS
2010Cotton BowlTexas A&M24LSU41-1.5LSULSU
2011Cotton BowlKansas State16Arkansas29-9.5ARKARK
2012Cotton BowlTexas A&M41Oklahoma13+3TEXA&MTEXA&M
2013Cotton BowlMissouri41Oklahoma State31-3MIZZOUMIZZOU
2014Cotton Bowl ClasicMichigan State42Baylor41-3Michigan StateMichigan State
2015Cotton BowlMichigan State-Alabama--10--
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