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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.

Texas A&M Bowl History

YearBowlTeam1ScoreTeam2ScoreTeam2LineATS win
1995Alamo BowlMichigan20Texas A&M225TEXA&M
1997Cotton BowlUCLA29Texas A&M2312TEXA&M
1998Sugar BowlOhio State24Texas A&M1412TEXA&M
1999Alamo BowlPenn State24Texas A&M0-6PENNST
2000Independence BowlMississippi State43Texas A&M41-1MIS.ST
2001GalleryFurniture.com BowlTCU9Texas A&M28-4.5TEXA&M
2004Cotton BowlTennessee38Texas A&M7-5TENN
2006Holiday BowlTexas A&M10California45-3.5CAL
2007Alamo BowlPenn State24Texas A&M174.5PENNST
2009Independence BowlTexas A&M20Georgia44-6.5GEORGI
2010Cotton BowlTexas A&M24LSU41-1.5LSU
2011Meineke Car Care BowlTexas A&M33Northwestern229.5TEXA&M

Oklahoma Bowl History

YearBowlTeam1ScoreTeam2ScoreTeam2LineATS win
1999Independence BowlMississippi27Oklahoma25-4MISS
2000Orange BowlFlorida State2Oklahoma1311.5OKLA
2001Cotton BowlOklahoma10Arkansas312ARK
2002Rose BowlWashington State14Oklahoma345OKLA
2003Sugar BowlOklahoma14LSU216LSU
2004Orange BowlOklahoma19Southern Cal55-3USC
2005Holiday BowlOklahoma17Oregon14-3OKLA
2006Fiesta BowlBoise State43Oklahoma42-7BOISE
2007Fiesta BowlWest Virginia48Oklahoma28-6WESTV
2008BCS Championship GameFlorida24Oklahoma143FLA
2009Sun BowlStanford27Oklahoma31-10.5STANFO
2010Fiesta BowlConnecticut20Oklahoma48-16OKLA
2011Insight BowlIowa14Oklahoma31-14OKLA

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