Oklahoma State and Mississippi each began the season with unprecedented expectations: preseason Top 10 teams, trendy picks to possibly upset order in their respective power conferences and maybe even get into the Bowl Championship Series.
They will instead finish against each other in the Cotton Bowl
at new Cowboys Stadium.
The No. 21 Cowboys (9-3) of the Big 12 and the Rebels (8-4) of
the SEC meet Saturday in the first Cotton Bowl played away from its
Both teams had their national title dreams burst early in the
season, lost lopsided games against their conference opponents who
will play for the national title, and are coming off regular-season
finale losses to instate rivals.
Ole Miss and Oklahoma State also played in the 2004 Cotton Bowl,
which was won by the Rebels in Eli Manning's final game.