Cotton Bowls hopes to regain elite status again

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Mississippi coach Houston Nutt admits
begging Cotton Bowl officials. He wanted his Rebels to have a
unique spot in the game's history.

A year after winning the final Cotton Bowl at the game's
namesake stadium, Ole Miss (8-4) is back to play No. 21 Oklahoma
State (9-3) on Saturday in Cowboys Stadium.

Nutt says the Cotton Bowl has always been special, but has now
gone to a new level by moving into the nearly $1.2 billion new
stadium with a retractable roof.

Before being left out of the Bowl Championship Series mix a
decade ago, the Cotton Bowl had helped crown national champions and
showcase Heisman Trophy winners. The move from its home the past 73 years could put the Cotton Bowl in position to eventually regain
its status as one of the elite postseason games.