The game is just one of three bowl matchups along with the BCS Championship game to feature two top 10 teams. “We truly feel like we ended up with one of the top bowl matchups in the country,” Tommy Bain, Chairman of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic said.
This will be Kansas State's third trip to the Cotton Bowl. The last appearance was in 2001 with a win over Tennessee. The 10-2 Wildcats will be playing in their 15th bowl game in school history and the 13th under head coach Bill Snyder.
The Razorbacks also finished the season at 10-2. They were ranked sixth in the BCS standings. K-State finished No. 8 nationally after being picked to finish near the bottom of the Big 12 at the start of the season.
The two teams have faced off four times with the Wildcats holding a 3-1 advantage in the series. The last time they played was in 1967. This is the first time they'll square off against each other in a bowl game.
Reaction from Kansas State:
Coach Bill Snyder - “We are so very proud of the young men in our program and the courage they have shown this year, and we are very pleased to represent the Big 12 Conference in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. The Cotton Bowl is a first-class bowl and organization and we appreciate Rick Baker and the entire bowl staff for their efforts and support of college football.”
Director of Athletics John Currie - “We couldn’t be more proud to represent the Big 12 Conference in the AT&T Cotton Bowl following a terrific and memorable season for our football program, fans and university community. I am pleased to accept the invitation on behalf of President Kirk Schulz, Coach Bill Snyder and our entire institution. Showcasing our football program and university on a primetime national stage in one of the nation’s most tradition-rich bowl games is a tremendous opportunity, and the experience our student-athletes, band members, cheerleaders and fans will have in Texas and at Cowboys Stadium will certainly be world-class.”
Reaction from Arkansas:
Vice-Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long - "The University of Arkansas is thrilled to accept a bid to play in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic following our second consecutive 10-win season. Congratulations to Coach Bobby Petrino, our coaching staff and our football student-athletes on earning the opportunity to participate in one of college football's greatest postseason traditions. The AT&T Cotton Bowl has been an integral part of our program's history for more than six decades playing host to many unforgettable moments and memorable games. Based on the tremendous response from our fans and messages on my twitter account, it is clear the Razorback Nation is excited to return to the Cotton Bowl."
Coach Bobby Petrino - "Our team looks forward to becoming part of the long-standing tradition the Razorbacks have with the AT&T Cotton Bowl. I am very proud to be the coach of this team, which has stuck together all season long and kept competing. The mentality our players have demonstrated is what has allowed us to accomplish all we have this year. We’ve enjoyed success in Cowboys Stadium and the hospitality and experience the AT&T Cotton Bowl provides gives our team a special opportunity to compete together one more time. I know this game will be highly anticipated by our fans and the support they will give the Razorbacks will once again be tremendous.”