The 2012 Cotton Bowl features a matchup between two top ten teams that were both spurned by BCS bowls. Arkansas was prevented from being selected by a BCS bowl due to a rule that says no more than two teams from a single conference can be selected. Kansas State was past over for the Sugar Bowl in favor of both Michigan and Virginia Tech.
Arkansas is 3-7-1 in the Cotton Bowl and Kansas State has split its two appearances.
Game date/time: Friday, January 6, 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas