2013 Cotton Bowl picks and predictions: Aggies and Sooners expected to be in a close one

Ronald Martinez

The Texas A&M Aggies had all kinds of momentum at the end of the regular season. Will they be able to carry that over into the Cotton Bowl? Most experts say yes.

The No. 10 Texas A&M Aggies and No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners will square off in a battle of former conference foes in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

The Aggies (10-2) enter the game winners of five straight, including a 29-24 road victory over No. 2 Alabama on Nov. 10, and feature a Heisman Trophy winner in freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel. Meanwhile, the Sooners didn't pass their biggest tests, losing games to No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 5 Kansas State during their 10-2 campaign.

Still, Oklahoma's failure to win those big games didn't stop some experts and prediction systems from taking the Sooners over the Aggies. At CBS Sports, one analyst and the site's prediction machine favor Oklahoma, but the other five analysts forecast a Texas A&M victory. NBC Sports' John Tamanaha likes the Aggies as well, predicting a 36-34 victory made possible by A&M's dominant offensive line.

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