The LSU Tigers fell just short of a BCS bid by losing to the Arkansas Razorbacks, but a trip to the Cotton Bowl is nothing to sneeze at. The Texas A&M Aggies signed on earlier, and the two will meet on Jan. 7 in Arlington, Texas at JerryWorld.
One of the nation’s oldest bowls, the Cotton has been around since 1937. A&M has played 11 times, including three in a row in the ’90s, winning four. LSU has only played in it four times, most recently losing to the Texas Longhorns in 2003.
10-2 LSU led a charmed life all year, winning games in the most random and impossible fashion and spawning internet cult hero status for coach Les Miles. The Aggies went 9-3, overcoming a three-game midseason losing streak, and do so much weird stuff at their games that Miles will feel right at home.
Texas A&M has the nation’s 18th-ranked passing offense, while LSU has a top-ten scoring defense. Both lost to common opponent Arkansas by a touchdown.