FOX will air an outstanding match-up in 2011 Cotton Bowl predictions from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX on Friday night as the #17 Texas A&M Aggies take on the #11 LSU Tigers. Game time is scheduled for 8:00pm EST and online sportsbooks have opened with LSU as a 1.5-point favorite in Cotton Bowl odds vs Texas A&M with an over/under betting total of 49. The money line at sportsbooks has opened with LSU as a -125 favorite in Cotton Bowl picks and Texas A&M as a +105 underdog. This is a game that features two coaches who were on two of the hottest seats in the country early in the season but are now the toast of their respective towns.

Mike Sherman has finally turned the corner in his 3rd season at Texas A&M while Les Miles is now the beloved “Mad Hatter” that has the stones to call any play at anytime from anywhere for LSU and is an ace recruiter that has players motivated to play hard for him. LSU finished 10-2 straight up and 5-7 against the spread heading into 2011 Cotton Bowl predictions as slight favorites while going UNDER the total 8 times. Defense is the strength of the Tigers as they ranked 9th nationally. The offense struggled much of the year but came through when needed. Leading rusher Steven Ridley is out for this game because of classroom trouble.

Texas A&M has a record of 9-3 straight up and 8-4 against the spread heading into Cotton Bowl picks as underdogs vs LSU with an even 6-6 split on totals. The Aggies rallied to win their final 6 games of the season after a 3-3 start when Ryan Tannehill was named starting quarterback. Tannehill passed for 1,434 yards and an 11/3 TD/INT ratio while Cyrus Gray had 1,033 yards rushing. The defense came of age this year to rank 28th for points allowed. Texas A&M beat Big 12 heavyweights Oklahoma and Nebraska and earned a share of the Big 12 South title so if heavy betting action hits LSU moving the Cotton Bowl predictions to 2-points, the Aggies could be a live underdog wager.

2011 Cotton Bowl Picks: LSU Tigers -1.5

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