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Cotton Bowl 2011: Officials Say They Were 'Lucky' To Land Kansas State And Arkansas

The word “lucky” is not one that comes to mind if you’re a Kansas State fan. Certainly the Wildcats feel as if they were unlucky, slighted actually, when it comes to the national BCS picture and how they, at No. 7 in the BCS Rankings, were left out in the cold when it came to one of the big bowl games. That does, however, mean that the Cotton Bowl lucked out with their premiere match-up of Arkansas and K-State.

"We’re really lucky," the Cotton Bowl selection committee chairman told the AP. "We were looking at Arkansas really early on, and we were looking at K-State early on, and then we thought we were going to lose them, and then we got them back. We came down to the last second. We didn’t know what was going on until they came out with the BCS."

While the Wildcats will always be able to lodge a legitimate complaint against the BCS for its failure to include KSU in the bigger picture, the Cotton Bowl does present a great match for Bill Snyder to prove the team’s value to a national audience.