Cotton Bowl 2013 Game Time: When and Where to Watch Epic Clash

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJanuary 4, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 is seen during warmups prior to the start of the game against the Missouri Tigers at Kyle Field on November 24, 2012 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Johnny Manziel and Landry Jones will face off in the 2013 Cotton Bowl in an epic clash between two of the best passing attacks in college football.

In what may be the best game during the entire college football bowl season, the No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies and No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners will meet in Arlington and will put on a show.

Here is everything you need to know for Friday's monumental matchup.


Where: Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas 

When: January 4, 2013, 8 p.m. EST


Radio: ESPN Radio Network


Key Matchup to Watch: Johnny Manziel vs. Landry Jones

"Johnny Football" is having a historic season, becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman trophy in history. Now he'll look to add a Cotton Bowl victory to his resume as well.

However, senior leader and NFL prospect Landry Jones stands in his way, as the veteran quarterback from Oklahoma leads another explosive passing game to Arlington.

The Aggies rank 14th in the country in passing yards per game and third in points scored, whereas the Sooners rank fourth in passing yards and 11th in points scored.

While some may argue that this game is going to come down to whichever secondary can limit the damage done by the opposing quarterback, I would argue the opposite—that whichever quarterback can step up under the brightest spotlight will lead his team to victory.


Texas A&M's Key to Victory: Taking Away Jalen Saunders

Saunders may not be the most well-known player on Oklahoma, but the junior wide receiver has been sensational in his last few games, going for 393 yards and three touchdowns in his last three games.

After missing the first four games of the season due to eligibility issues, Saunders will be playing in Friday's contest despite a misdemeanor marijuana possession.

The biggest key for the Aggies has to be taking Saunders out of the equation and making Jones throw to someone else.


Oklahoma's Key to Victory: Containing Johnny Football

We all know that Johnny Football has an incredible arm, but what makes him a truly special player is his ability to use his legs.

Whether he is buying time in the pocket to find a receiver or running for it himself, he is a quick player who is very difficult to contain.

Manziel became the first freshman in FBS history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season this year because of his diverse skill set. The Sooners will have to have at least one player keeping an eye on him to make sure he can't utilize his legs during the game.



The scoreboard is going to have some trouble keeping up with the Aggies and Sooners in this one, as both teams will have their offenses working hard.

I see the dual-threat of Johnny Football giving him the edge over Landry Jones in this game, and he will make one or two more plays to win a tight one in Arlington.

Predicted Score: Texas A&M 55, Oklahoma 49