Alabama’s 32-28 victory over Georgia on Saturday night in the SEC Championship Game likely means the LSU Tigers will be the Cotton’s pick.
Cotton Bowl Chairman Tommy Bain told the Austin American-Statesman on Saturday night that LSU is “the favorite in the clubhouse.”
Bowl invitations will not be extended until Sunday night, after the BCS bowl matchups are announced.
LSU’s opponent would likely be the Texas Longhorns. Texas was 8-3 entering Saturday night’s game against Kansas State.
Kansas State, which played in the 2012 Cotton Bowl, needed to beat Texas to share the Big 12 Championship against Oklahoma.
The Wildcats and Sooners are likely headed to the Fiesta and Sugar bowls.
Numerous media outlets have suggested that the SEC would like the Cotton to protect the SEC Championship Game loser. Alabama could well have been the pick had it lost, but Bain said LSU has made an impression with its fans.
LSU season ticket holders ordered more than 16,500 tickets as of last Monday. Each team is allotted 12,500 tickets.
Earlire there was sentiment for a Texas-Texas A&M Cotton Bowl, but the Aggies appear likely to get snapped up by the Capital One Bowl. Bain also said, “The political truth is a lot of people don’t want (a Texas-Texas A&M) matchup. I’m not going to say who pushed hardest.”
The Cotton Bowl will be played Jan. 4 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. LSU will also open the 2013 season Aug. 31 in Cowboys Stadium against TCU.
This would be LSU’s fourth trip to Cowboys Stadium overall. The Tigers beat Texas A&M 41-24 in the 2011 Cotton Bowl and beat Oregon 40-27 in their 2011 season opener.
If the opponent is Texas, it would be the first game between the Tigers and Longhorns since the 2003 Cotton Bowl, a 35-20 Texas win.
LSU is 3-1-1 in the Cotton Bowl all time.
If LSU does not go to the Cotton, the Tigers appear likely to play Dec. 31 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, with a small chance to play Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl.