Cotton matchup's a good one

The Cotton Bowl pairing of Tennessee and Texas A&M may be lacking top-10 rankings and Heisman Trophy candidates but it's a pretty interesting matchup. So say the folks at Collegefootballnews.com. They rank the Vol-Aggie pairing as the 10th-best matchup of the upcoming bowl season.

Here's what the popular website has to say about the matchup:

10. Cotton Bowl, Jan. 1, Fox 11:00 am- Texas A&M vs. Tennessee The Cotton Bowlers are disappointed it won't be a sea of orange with Texas going off to Pasadena, but A&M-Tennessee is a better matchup. When it comes to post-bowl season analysis, this will be one of the big ones for conference pride. Each team has big plans for 2005 and wants to kick things off here on a high note. Stars of the show: Texas A&M QB Reggie McNeal, Tennessee RB Gerald Riggs Jr. The knee jerk, off-the-cuff initial prediction: Tennessee 24 - Texas A&M 20

Not surprisingly, Collegefootballnews.com ranks the Orange Bowl game between Southern Cal and Oklahoma for the BCS national title No. 1, noting that four of the top Heisman Trophy candidates will be on display.

Oddly, the Liberty Bowl comes in No. 2. That's because it pits the nation's top-scoring team, Louisville (50.3 points per game) against runnerup Boise State (49.7 ppg). The over-and-under for that game may be 100 points.

Another potential high-scoring matchup checks in at No. 3 ... California vs Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl.

Collegefootballnews.com's top 10 bowls are as follows:

1. Orange: Southern Cal vs. Oklahoma

2. Liberty: Louisville vs. Boise State

3. Holiday: Cal vs. Texas Tech

4. Capital One: Louisiana State vs. Iowa

5. Sun: Purdue vs. Arizona State

6. GMAC: Memphis vs. Bowling Green

7. Peach: Miami vs. Florida

8. Alamo: Ohio State vs. Oklahoma State

9. Rose: Michigan vs. Texas

10. Texas A&M vs. Tennessee

For what it's worth, Collegefootballnews.com rates the New Orleans Bowl (North Texas vs. Southern Miss) dead last among the 28 bowl matchups.

For an in-depth look at these interesting rankings, go to Collegefootballnews.com.


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