Cotton Bowl between A&M, LSU to be Super Bowl test


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About a month before Cowboys Stadium plays host to Super Bowl XLV, Texas A&M and LSU will square off in the 75th Cotton Bowl in prime time on Jan. 7.

Fox is broadcasting both games from Jerry Jones’ swanky billion-dollar digs, meaning the Aggies and Tigers are in for a glamorous presentation – one looking much like the Super Bowl.

“It’s really going to be a mini-Super Bowl production for Fox,” said Cotton Bowl president Rick Baker, who added that Fox plans to use the Cotton Bowl as a “dry run” for the Super Bowl. “I’m not sure any college game all year long will have received the kind of equipment, focus and attention this telecast is going to receive from Fox.”

Been there before

The Aggies (9-3) of the Big 12 have played in Cowboys Stadium twice, with two losses to Arkansas over the past two seasons. The Tigers (10-2) of the Southeastern Conference have yet to play in the massive stadium in Arlington that opened in 2009, and features the world’s largest high-definition video board.
“I don’t think getting used to the venue is going to be an issue,” LSU coach Les Miles said when asked if the Aggies’ familiarity with the joint provided an edge. “Of course I’ve never played in front of a (video board) as big as the one they say is in that stadium.”