On Friday night the Kansas State Wildcats and Arkansas Razorbacks will meet at Cowboys Stadium for the 2011 Cotton Bowl Championship. This will be the 5th meeting in the history of the two schools and it will be their first meeting in a post season setting. The Wildcats are 3-1 all time against the Razorbacks, and this will be their first meeting since 1967.
While some of the Bowl match ups this year have been questionable at best, it is always a sure bet the Cotton Bowl will find the best possible match up for their fans every year. This year is not any different. It is an exceptional matchup. Both teams are coming in with identical 10-2 records and both teams are high scoring and fast paced offenses. There may not be much defense during this game, but it will feature two very good quarterbacks. It should be a high scoring and competitive affair.
The quarterbacks, Tyler Wilson from Arkansas and Collin Klein from Kansas State have both put up big numbers this year. While Wilson is more inclined to throw, Klein is more apt to make plays with his quick feet as well as passing the ball. Top to bottom these two teams are almost identical, the only difference is the obvious colors and conference affiliations. One slight psychological edge is Bill Snyder, the Wildcats coach. He is well past 70 years of age, but came back to Kansas State after his retirement several years ago to reignite the passion in their program. Wow; he was runner up for national coach of the year honors and has done exactly what Kansas State wanted. He has them in a big bowl game.
Arkansas is a Cotton Bowl veteran with this being their 12th trip to the bowl game. However Kansas State is not a newbie by any stretch of the imagination to the big bowl scene. This will be their third trip to Dallas for a game. But this will be Kansas State’s first time playing in the cavernous confines of Cowboys stadium. There will be a learning curve for the Wildcats and that may be all the Razorbacks need to take control of the game.
The Wildcats have the team to be able to win this game for the Big XII, but Arkansas coming from the Southeastern Conference will be up for any challenge K-State can throw at them. Be prepared to see this game come down to the wire, and possibly even overtime. However, if I were a betting man I think the Hogs will be too strong for the Wildcats in this one.
God love the Cotton Bowl for putting together a classic matchup. Watching this game will be a great and exciting way to spend your Friday night, and yes, both teams will be running in high cotton.Please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook