Saturday, December 29th, 2012
Texas A&M Rolls Into Dallas For The 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic
Dallas – The No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies made the three-hour drive from College Station to Dallas in private vehicles to begin their week of preparation for the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners and the 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
"We had practice this morning in College Station and the guys handled themselves well coming up to the Metroplex on their own. There were no issues that I am aware of,” said head coach Kevin Sumlin. “We are excited to be at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and the hospitality is already outstanding. We are looking forward to a great week and look forward to playing a storied program such as Oklahoma in an outstanding venue."
Texas A&M (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) comes into the matchup with the Sooners (10-2, 8-1 Big 12 Conference) seeking its first 11-win season since 1998 and its fourth in program history. The Aggies will have to achieve the feat against a familiar foe in Oklahoma, but in a different setting as the two teams are clashing for the first time in a bowl game. The former Big 12 foes faced each other every season from 1996-2011 with the Sooners holding an 11-5 advantage in conference games. Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 19-11.
Before the teams square off for their 31st meeting on the gridiron, the A&M contingent of coaches and players settled into their AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic home for the week, the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.
"The hotel is great and the people have been tremendous,” said senior DL Spencer Nealy. “We are looking forward to a great week of hospitality and when we practice we will be focused on our preparation."
The hospitality begins tonight at the official welcome dinner and party for both teams at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. On Sunday, A&M begins its official game-week preparations with its media day with Sumlin and selected players in the morning and its first practice at Ford Stadium on the SMU campus later in the afternoon.
The 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be held on Friday, Jan. 4 on FOX. Telecast starts at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Gus Johnson will handle play-by-play duties with Charles Davis as the color analyst.
For the first time the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be heard around the world on ESPN Radio. Providing play-by-play is Brad Sham, the “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys”. Ed Cunningham will provide color commentary and Ian Fitzsimmons will report from the sidelines.