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Cotton Bowl Preview Capsule

Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma

Records: Texas A&M 10-2; Oklahoma 10-2

When: 8:10 p.m. today

TV: Fox

Line: Texas A&M by 3 1/2

Series Record: Oklahoma leads 19-11

What’s at stake

•First bowl matchup between former Big 12 rivals, both with five-game winning streaks. Oklahoma is trying to win 11 games for the 10th time under coach Bob Stoops, who is going for his 150th career victory. Texas A&M is wrapping up its first SEC season.

Key matchup

•Quarterbacks, young and old, of high-scoring offenses. Oklahoma senior Landry Jones is making his 50th career start (16,368 career yards passing and 122 TDs). The Sooners average 40.2 points per game, less than Texas A&M’s 44.8. The Aggies’ Johnny Manziel, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, has an SEC-record 4,600 total yards while accounting for 43 touchdowns.

Players to watch

Texas A&M: Receiver Ryan Swope needs 79 yards to break the Aggies’ career receiving record. He has 244 career catches for 3,013 yards and 23 touchdowns. Swope has four 100-yard games this season, and 13 overall.

Oklahoma: Safety Tony Jefferson has a team-high 113 tackles and is the sixth defensive back in school history with a 100-tackle season. He needs eight tackles to surpass Rodney Rideau’s record for defensive backs set in 1999. He is 11 tackles shy of the Big 12’s overall leader, Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager (124).

– Associated Press

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