With fewer than eight days to go until Texas A&M and Oklahoma face off in the Cotton Bowl, the hype is increasing and the drama is intensifying.
The contest offers an intriguing confluence of two top contenders from two of the top conferences in college football. It also gives the Sooners a crack at the Heisman Trophy winner, the only 2012 Heisman finalist the Sooners have yet to face.
For Oklahoma, topping Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M will require nothing less than a team effort. But solid performances from several leaders on both sides of the ball will be key factors in the outcome of the game.
Here are five OU players who need to have big games in the Cotton Bowl for the Sooners to win.