By TPR Staff

The latest results of the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll asked the question if college football fans would rather receive gifts this Holiday season as per usual, or if they would forego receiving presents in order to watch their favorite team win the BCS Championship. In a very close vote, 46 percent of fans opted for presents, while 42 percent said they would trade in all of their Holiday gifts in order to witness their favorite team hoist the crystal ball trophy after winning the BCS Championship. But while only the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide can play for the BCS Championship, that does not mean that we should ignore other exciting bowl games this season, including the Cotton Bowl between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Oklahoma Sooners.

This is an old school matchup between teams who used to face off in the Big 12 conference for years, until the Aggies defected to the SEC to begin play this season. This is a classic shoot out in the state of Texas at Cowboys Stadium, as Heisman winner Johnny Manziel leads the high scoring Aggies against Landry Jones and the Sooners. If you like offense, you will enjoy this one, as it has every chance of becoming an instant classic.

By now, you all know about the magical season that Manziel had as a Redshirt freshman. Aside from winning the Heisman Trophy, Manziel accounted for 24 passing touchdowns and 19 rushing touchdowns, and threw for over 3,000 yards while rushing for over 1,000 on the ground. He was phenomenal, and it was his performance in the upset win over Alabama that clinched him the Heisman. The Aggies average 552 yards per game on offense, while scoring nearly 45 points per game. they may be the most balanced team in the country, ranking 14th in passing yards and 13th in rushing yards.

But don’t sleep on the Sooners. Jones may not have had the magical season that many projected, but he is no slouch. Neither is the Oklahoma offense, which also averages over 500 yards of offense per game, along with over 40 points per game. They rank fifth in the nation in passing yards, although come in as just the 61st best team in terms of rushing yards.

Texas A&M enters the game as a slim 4.5 point favorite in its home state, with an Over/Under set at 72 points. Both teams suffered just two losses to teams who both finished in the top 10 of the final BCS Standings, and feature a matchup of teams worthy of a BCS Bowl game themselves. It should be a fun one to watch.

Before we take a further look into this game, take a look at the latest results from the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. College football fans across the country were not only asked whether they would rather receive gifts this Holiday season or watch their favorite team win this year’s BCS Championship, but they were also asked which team had the best chance to win the national championship, as well as which ones were truly the best in the country. After checking out the following infograph with the complete results, make sure to let us know how you feel. Who is the best team in 2012? Who will win this year’s BCS Championship Game? Would you trade in all of your gifts for the chance to watch your favorite team hoist the crystal ball trophy after winning the BCS Championship Game?

As I said, both tams lost only two games, and they were to top ranked teams. Texas A&M fell in both games after blowing second half leads against the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers, while Oklahoma dropped its only two contests against the Kansas State Wildcats and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, both of whom are playing in BCS Bowl games.

But they also defeated some very good teams throughout the 2012 season as well. The Aggies knocked off the Crimson Tide in their biggest game of the year. In fact, it was one of college football’s biggest games of the year, as it launched the legend of Johnny Football. They also beat the SMU Mustangs, Ole Miss Runnin’ Rebels, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Mississippi State Bulldogs.

The Sooners are no stranger to big wins this season either. Finishing in second place in the Big 12 due to the loss against Kansas State, Oklahoma defeated the Texas Tech red Raiders, Texas Longhorns, Iowa State Cyclones, Baylor Bears, West Virginia Mountaineers, Oklahoma State Cowboys and TCU Horned Frogs, Clearly, the Sooners also played one of the most difficult schedules in the nation in 2012.

That should bode well for both teams in this game. They have faced the best teams in the country, and this matchup will be no different. The Cotton Bowl may not be a BCS Bowl. The Sooners and Aggies may not be BCS teams. This game may not be for a BCS Championship.

But it will be worth every penny to watch.

Stay tuned to The Pigskin Report for the most complete coverage of the entire 2012-2013 college football season, as well as the results from each week’s Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. Make sure to Like Discover on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, as they have done a fantastic job at providing us with the most entertaining results from and poll throughout the 2012 college football season!

* The 15-week Discover Fan Loyalty Poll is conducted by Rasmussen Reports, a nationally recognized leader in polling, who gathers sentiment by phone from 800 college football fans who follow games at least once per week on television, radio, in person or online.

Discover launched the Fan Loyalty Poll to give die-hard fans a platform to showcase their dedication and love for their favorite college football team leading up to the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game and 2013 Discover Orange Bowl. Each week the poll will offer new questions about what college football fans are thinking this season.

Beyond title sponsorship of the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game and 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, Discover’s commitment to college football includes relationships with ESPN and Notre Dame Football on NBC.

 

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