The 2012 Cotton Bowl will pit the No. 7-ranked Texas A&M Aggies against the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. If the Aggies are able to defeat their former conference foe, it will give them a lot of momentum and a likely top-five ranking heading into 2013.
Bowl games are almost an entirely separate season from the regular season. There is a 41-day break between the Aggies game against Missouri and the Cotton Bowl. To put that in perspective, the Aggies' spring practice only lasts 29 days.
This break can affect teams in many ways. Often teams with outstanding offenses struggle to maintain their timing and momentum during the break. This can often lead to ugly, defensively dominated bowl games.
The Aggies need to beat Oklahoma in order to gain some momentum as they head into the 2013 season. This is a look at how a win will impact the Ags' preseason ranking.