Still, players and fans relish the chance to spend some time in a vacation destination that it typically doesn’t visit. OU hadn’t played in New Orleans since the 2003 national championship game.
The Cotton Bowl will be OU’s third game in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex this season.
Everyone, however, wasn’t caught off guard.
“I’m kind of one of those people that weighs on the negative side all the time, so I didn’t expect to go to the Sugar Bowl,” OU wide receiver Kenny Stills said. “I felt like this was gonna happen, so I wasn’t too down about it. I was excited about going to Dallas. I love playing in ‘Jerry's World,’ so it’s not a negative thing for us. It’s a huge game for us to get to play against the Heisman Trophy winner and a great team.”
The Sooners have said all the right things since receiving the Cotton Bowl bid. They’ve embraced everything the game has to offer.
“Did we want to go to a BCS game? Absolutely. Who doesn't want to go to a BCS game? But that's not the way it turned out for us,” OU quarterback Landry Jones said. “If you look at all the other BCS games because of automatic qualifiers and all those sorts of things, this might be one of the top two or three games in the country. I know there's a lot of hype behind it. I know our team, and I'm sure Texas A& M, is extremely excited about this game. It'll be a great game. It'll be good for college football.”
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