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Jun 08, 2022

COTTON BOWL HISTORY

The Cotton Bowl began in 1937 and the matchup currently features schools from the Big 12 Conference and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The game takes place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as the previous venue for this contest was the Cotton Bowl in Dallas from 1937-2009. This game was named the Mobil Cotton Bowl, Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic, and SBC Communications Cotton Bowl Classic, and the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic prior to Goodyear obtaining sponsorship rights in 2015. 

In 2018, Clemson punished Notre Dame in another lopsided semifinal playoff game, 30-3. Favorites have won in 11 of the last 14 installments of this game, and the 'under' has now connected in four of the last five in this Arlington, Tex. bowl game, and the favorite is on a 4-0-1 ATS streak, too.

The most recent favorite to cash was Penn State, who took care of Memphis in 2019 as seven-point favorites, 53-39, marking the first time since USC in 1994 that a team has busted the 50-point mark in a Cotton Bowl.

In 2020, Oklahoma routed Florida by a 55-20 score as the favorite cashed, with the 'over' hitting, too. It was the second straight season a team went for 50 or more points in the Cotton Bowl.

We had a Group of Five team in the 2021 Cotton Bowl Classic, as Cincinnati was the No. 4 seed in the CFP. The Bearcats were no match for No. 1 seed Alabama, as the Crimson Tide rolled to a 27-6 rout. The 33 total points were the least amount of combined points since 2017, when Ohio State topped USC 24-7.

YearMatchupSpread, TotalsATS Result
2019Penn State 53 Memphis 39Penn State -7, 60.5Favorite, Over
2018Clemson 30 Notre Dame 3Notre Dame -10.5, 58Favorite, Under
2017Ohio State 24 USC 7Ohio State -10, 65.5Favorite, Under
2016Wisconsin 24 Western Michigan 16Wisconsin -8, 54Push, Under
2015Alabama 38 Michigan State 0Alabama -10, 46Favorite, Under
2014Michigan State 42 Baylor 41Baylor -3, 68Underdog, Over
2013Missouri 41 Oklahoma State 31Oklahoma State -3, 62Underdog, Over
2012Texas A&M 41 Oklahoma 13Texas A&M -3, 72Favorite, Under
2011Arkansas 29 Kansas State 16Arkansas -9.5, 65Favorite, Under
2010Louisiana State 41 Texas A&M 24LSU -1.5, 49Favorite, Over
2009Mississippi 21 Oklahoma State 7Mississippi -3.5, 51Favorite, Under
2008Mississippi 47 Texas Tech 34Texas Tech -4, 66Underdog, Over
2007Missouri 38 Arkansas 7Missouri -3.5, 68.5Favorite, Under
2006Auburn 17 Nebraska 14Auburn -2.5, 47Favorite, Under
2005Alabama 13 Texas Tech 10Texas Tech -3, 47Underdog, Under
2004Tennessee 38 Texas A&M 7Texas A&M -5, 56Underdog, Under
2003Mississippi 31 Oklahoma State 28Mississippi -3, 59.5Push, Under
2002Texas 35 Louisiana State 20Texas -10.5, 46.5Favorite, Over
2001Oklahoma 10 Arkansas 3Oklahoma -12, 41.5Underdog, Under
2000Kansas State 35 Tennessee 21Kansas State -3.5, 50.5Favorite, Over
1999Arkansas 27 Texas 6Texas -5.5, 51Underdog, Under
1998Texas 38 Mississippi State 11Texas -6.5, 53Favorite, Under
1997UCLA 29 Texas A&M 23UCLA -12, 54Underdog, Under
1996Brigham Young 19 Kansas State 15Kansas State -3, 47Underdog, Under
1995Colorado 38 Oregon 6Colorado -6.5, 52Favorite, Under
1994Southern California 55 Texas Tech 14Southern California -6.5, 46.5Favorite, Over
1993Notre Dame 24 Texas A&M 21Notre Dame -8, 43Underdog, Over
1992Notre Dame 28 Texas A&M 3Notre Dame -4, 42Favorite, Under
1991Florida State 10 Texas A&M 2Florida State -5.5, 44.5Favorite, Under
1990Miami (FL) 46 Texas 3--
1989Tennessee 31 Arkansas 27--
1988UCLA 17 Arkansas 3--
1987Texas A&M 35 Notre Dame 10--
1986Ohio State 28 Texas A&M 12--
1985Texas A&M 36 Auburn 16--
1984Boston College 45 Houston 28--
1983Georgia 10 Texas 9--
1982Southern Methodist 7 Pittsburgh 3--
1981Texas 14 Alabama 12--
1980Alabama 30 Baylor 2--
1979Houston 17 Nebraska 14--
1978Notre Dame 35 Houston 34--
1977Notre Dame 38 Texas 10--
1976Houston 30 Maryland 21--
1975Arkansas 31 Georgia 10--
1974Penn State 41 Baylor 20--
1973Nebraska 19 Texas 3--
1972Texas 17 Alabama 13--
1971Penn State 30 Texas 6--
1970Notre Dame 24 Texas 11--
1969Texas 21 Notre Dame 17--
1968Texas 36 Tennessee 13--
1967Texas A&M 20 Alabama 16--
1966Georgia 24 Southern Methodist 9--
1965Louisiana State 14 Arkansas 7--
1964Arkansas 10 Nebraska 7--
1963Texas 28 Navy 6--
1962Louisiana State 13 Texas 0--
1961Texas 12 Mississippi 7--
1960Duke 7 Arkansas 6--
1959Syracuse 23 Texas 14--
1958Air Force 0 Texas Christian 0--
1957Navy 20 Rice 7--
1956Texas Christian 28 Syracuse 27--
1955Mississippi 14 Texas Christian 13--
1954Georgia Tech 14 Arkansas 6--
1953Rice 28 Alabama 6--
1952Texas 16 Tennessee 0--
1951Kentucky 20 Texas Christian 7--
1950Tennessee 20 Texas 14--
1949Rice 27 North Carolina 13--
1948Southern Methodist 21 Oregon 13--
1947Penn State 13 Southern Methodist 13--
1946Louisiana State 0 Arkansas 0--
1945Texas 40 Missouri27--
1944Oklahoma State 34 Texas Christian 0--
1943Texas 7 Randolph Field 7--
1942Texas 14 Georgia Tech 7--
1941Alabama 29 Texas A&M 21--
1940Texas A&M 13 Fordham 12--
1939Clemson 6 Boston College 3--
1938Saint Mary's (CA) 20 Texas Tech 13--
1937Rice 28 Colorado 14--
1936Texas Christian 16 Marquette 6--

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