The Cotton Bowl 2011 kicks off at 8:00 p.m. EST tonight, and is one of the most highly anticipated non-BCS bowl games of the year. The 10-2 LSU Tigers take on the 9-3 Aggies of Texas A&M, in the first matchup between these schools since 1995. With a pair of top 20 teams clashing in this one, anything can (and with Les Miles, will) happen.
Keys for Texas A&M (according to ESPN):
Don’t kick it to Patrick Peterson. Just don’t. LSU’s return man ranks fourth nationally with over 16 yards per punt return, and has taken a pair of punts back for touchdowns already this year. He also ranks eighth nationally in kick return yardage, averaging just under 30 yards a return. I
Don’t force the ball to Jeff Fuller. Perhaps we’re a little Peterson-centric here, but throwing the ball up to Jeff Fuller and hoping the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder comes down with it works quite a bit against the majority of Big 12 corners. The offensive line has to give Ryan Tannehill time to get the ball underneath to Ryan Swope and Uzoma Nwachukwu.
Don’t forget Ryan Tannehill has legs. Tannehill has played receiver for most of the past two seasons, and he can get out and run if he gets a chance. Against a stingy defense, if there’s space, Tannehill should tuck it and run.