The college football bowl schedule 2011 is a different one. For one thing, the college football bowl schedule 2011 ends on January 10, which is the latest date of all time. For another, the legendary Cotton Bowl isn’t a New Years Day game anymore. However, the Cotton hasn’t been on New Years Day since 2008, thanks to the BCS and FOX. Yet tonight, the college football bowl schedule has the Cotton in its latest date ever, and in a new location.
In the last two years, the Cotton Bowl was held on January 2, breaking its usual New Years Day tradition. For this year, it is being held five days later, and it is being broadcast in primetime instead of the afternoon. What’s more, it isn’t even in the Cotton Bowl anymore.
Tonight, the college football bowl schedule 2011 holds its last prestigious game before Monday’s national championship. But since the Cotton isn’t on New Years Day, is in primetime, and is now in Cowboys Stadium, it clearly doesn’t look the same anymore.
This game used to be one of the biggest in the New Years Day lineup. Yet since it isn’t in the BCS, it has become just another run of the mill event. However, it is still celebrating its 75’th anniversary, in spite of the new changes.
At the least, the college football bowl schedule 2011 has given the Cotton an intriguing clash. LSU and Texas A&M are doing battle, in their 50’th all-time meeting. But the former rivals haven’t met in over 15 years, and come in under different circumstances.
LSU dreamed of doing much more this year, and lived on the razor’s edge, as usual, under Les Miles. Yet they finally fell off and finished 10-2, while Arkansas got to the BCS and Auburn went to the national championship. As for Texas A&M, the Aggies ended the season on a roll, as their 9-3 year was seen as a big step back to prominence.
This is the last pre-national title showdown on the college football bowl schedule 2011 between prestigious schools. LSU always guarantees a wild game, as they have to deal with speculation about Miles going to Michigan. Texas A&M used to be a Cotton Bowl staple, as they try to prove they are a Big 12 powerhouse once again.
After tonight, there will be only two games left before Oregon vs Auburn. Yet none of them have the history of the Cotton, although their 75-year-old tradition is undergoing some changes. Their new place on the college football bowl schedule will be shown off at 8 pm est on FOX.
Yahoo Sports- “Bowls/Postseason Scoreboard”
Houston Chronicle- “How the Cotton Bowl teams match up”