As the college football world awaits the highly anticipated matchup between Notre Dame and Alabama for the BCS championship, there's a bowl game three days earlier that is creating similar buzz.
That's because Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and 10th-ranked Texas A&M will take on No. 12 Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on Jan. 4, and while the game isn't a BCS bowl, it figures to be one of the more entertaining clashes of the postseason.
The Aggies (10-2) and Sooners (10-2) finished in the top 11 in the final BCS standings, but neither received an at-large bid.
Oklahoma's chances ended when Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois moved up to 15th, which was enough to secure an automatic bid. Texas A&M got left out because three SEC teams (Alabama, Florida, LSU) were ranked higher, with the Crimson Tide and Gators representing the conference in BCS bowls.
The Sooners split the Big 12 title with Kansas State, but the Wildcats clinched the leag...