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December 2017

Buckeyes Arrive, Get Down to Business

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

The Ohio State Buckeyes didn’t waste any time starting their on-site preparation for the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

The team’s flight landed late morning on Saturday and they bussed straight to Euless Trinity High School to practice before heading to the team hotel. Ohio State (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten), No. 5 in the CFP rankings, is preparing to face the No. 8 USC Trojans (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12).

Head Coach Urban Meyer spoke with the media before taking the field and said he’s glad to be back in the Classic.


Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Two of the game’s greatest running backs – Eric Dickerson and Tony Dorsett will be featured as part of the ongoing sponsorship between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

The legendary runners will be profiled in the first of 10 new “Blimpworthy” moments that will be aired between now and Super Bowl LII. “Blimpworthy” is what defines the spirit of football – hard work, grit and determination – that takes place on and off the field.


Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Thank you College Football Playoff Selection Committee. Fifth-ranked Ohio State University and eighth-ranked University of Southern California were selected by the committee to come to North Texas to play in the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in a battle of conference champions.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will play host to two conference champions for the first time since 1987 when Ohio State defeated Texas A&M, the Southwest Conference Champion, 28-12. This is Ohio State’s second appearance in the Classic after the 1987 Cotton Bowl.

November 2017


Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Tickets for the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will be on the way this week. The Goodyear Cotton Bowl ticket office will begin mailing out tickets Wednesday, November 15th. To ensure your tickets will arrive, go to and login to our online Account Manager. This will allow you to verify that your mailing information and email address are correct.

UPS shipping labels have already been processed, so if you need to update your mailing address, please contact our office immediately in order to re-route your package.

October 2017

Blockparty Brings Premium Tailgating to the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Blockparty, a fan-focused hospitality and entertainment company, announced today it has entered into an agreement with the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association to become the exclusive tailgating partner for the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

“We are excited to offer fans a new way to tailgate for this year’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic,” said Rick Baker, President and CEO of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. “Each year we get the opportunity to host fans from two exceptional institutions and show them the best North Texas has to offer.

September 2017

North Texas Giving Day Is Here!

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

North Texas Giving Day is HERE! Join the movement and give on Thursday, September 14th between 6am and midnight at Your generous support will make a meaningful difference in our efforts to serve the communities associated with the Cotton Bowl Classic. This year, all funds received during North Texas Giving Day will be going to support the Kilgore College Rangerettes - a 77 year tradition with the Cotton Bowl Classic.

You can make a difference. Please, consider giving to the Cotton Bowl Foundation on North Texas Giving Day.


Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Cotton Bowl Foundation announced today the launch of a new website in preparation for North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 14th. 

The new website,, will work to enhance the Foundation’s mission of serving the communities associated with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic by supporting programs that improve opportunities for underserved youth. The Foundation’s vision is to make an impact on those who play the game, attend the game and support the game.

August 2017

One For The Ages... Remembering Coach Frank Broyles

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Frank Broyles, who guided Arkansas to its lone national football championship after winning the 1965 Cotton Bowl Classic and later molded the overall program as athletic director, has died at the age of 92.

Broyles passed away Monday from complications of Alzheimer's disease, according to a statement from his family.

“Coach Broyles will forever be remembered for his tremendous accomplishments on and off the field,” Rick Baker, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association President/CEO said.

Ara Parseghian…College Football Loses a Coaching Giant and Cotton Bowl Hall of Famer

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

When a discussion ensues about the greatest games in Cotton Bowl history, the debate often leads to Texas vs. Notre Dame in 1970 and 1971. Both games live in college football and Classic lore. National Championships were on the line and legends were born, but at the epicenter of these extraordinary games were two absolute giants… Darrell Royal and Ara Parseghian.

Both brought out the best in their players, but beyond that, they came to personify the very best in Longhorn or Fighting Irish football.

June 2017

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Hosts Free Youth Clinic

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

ARLINGTON – It’s not every day that area youth receive an opportunity to hone their football skills on the turf of AT&T Stadium and then wrap up the day with a surprise visit by a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

On Monday morning, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic hosted more than 350 local youth, ages 11-14, in a free football clinic sponsored by the Children’s Health Andrews Institute in Plano and Wilson Sporting Goods.

Coaches from college programs throughout Texas guided the youngsters thru three hours of drills, emphasizing offensive and defensive fundamentals that will prove beneficial as they advance in youth sports.

May 2017

82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Kickoff Time Set

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
Classic to Start at 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday, Dec. 29th.

ARLINGTON, May 10, 2017 – ESPN announced today the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will kick off at 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday, Dec. 29th.

The Classic last kicked off on a Friday night in 2014 when Missouri defeated Oklahoma State, 41-31. This year’s game will mark the fifth time the Cotton Bowl has played on Friday night since moving to AT&T Stadium in 2010.

It was announced in March that the Classic was moved to to December 29th, which will be the earliest date the Cotton Bowl has been played in the Classic’s 82-year history dating back to the game’s inception in 1937 and only the third time the game has been played in December.

19 Classic Alumni Selected in 2017 NFL Draft

Monday, May 1st, 2017

5. Tennessee Titans — Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
16. Baltimore Ravens — Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
17. Washington Redskins — Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
30. Pittsburgh Steelers — T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin
31. San Francisco 49ers — Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
32. New Orleans Saints — Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
34. Jacksonville Jaguars — Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

March 2017

Classic Moved to Primetime

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in conjunction with the College Football Playoff and ESPN announced today that the 82nd edition of the Classic will be moved to Friday, Dec. 29th, 2017 and played in an exclusive primetime window on ESPN.

The game was previously scheduled in an earlier window on Saturday, Dec. 30th. The exact kickoff time on Friday night will be announced at a later date.

“When we first moved to AT&T Stadium, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic enjoyed a successful run of games on Friday night,” Jay McAuley, Chairman of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic said.

January 2017

Charlie Fiss to Receive the Bert McGrane Award

Monday, January 9th, 2017

The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association’s mission is to create the most innovative of all college football bowl games and be the leader in creating premier college sports experiences, and when it comes to media operations, there’s one man that has led the charge and developed a reputation unparalleled in the industry for creating the best experience for media.

Charlie Fiss has consistently set the bar for bowl media operations dating back to his first Classic with Heisman winner Doug Flutie in 1985.


Monday, January 2nd, 2017

In its first appearance in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (11-3, 7-2 Big Ten ) outlasted No. 15 Western Michigan, handing the Broncos (13-1, 8-1 MAC) their first loss of the season with a 24-16 victory in front of 59,615 fans at AT&T Stadium.

Wisconsin used a full team effort to edge the Broncos as key special teams and defensive performances late in the game, along with a balanced offensive attack, carried the Badgers to their seventh 11-win season in program history.

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