Just got off the phone with Rick Baker, the president of the Cotton Bowl, with whom I’ve enjoyed a spirit round of phone tag today.
The bowl committee had its first official meeting this morning. Ole Miss is their top SEC choice, which isn’t surprising.
They like the support the Rebels had in Dallas in 2003, although like Cap 1’s Steve Hogan, Baker says his game is more about matchup than money.
“We pre-sold a lot of tickets based on the fact that this is our last game in our namesake stadium,” he said. “We don’t necessary need the team that sells the most tickets. We want the best matchup.”
The most likely Big 12 opponents are Texas Tech and Oklahoma, should the Sooners lose the Big 12 championship game.
Missouri, having played in the game last year, is not high up on the radar.
More bowl speculation in tomorrow’s print edition.