Here is the Cotton Bowl's release on selecting Arkansas and Kansas State:
ARLINGTON, Dec. 4, 2011 – A battle of Top-10 teams has been set as the No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks will meet the No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats in the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday, Jan. 6th at Cowboys Stadium.
“We truly feel like we ended up with one of the top bowl matchups in the country,” Tommy Bain, Chairman of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic said. “This is the first Top-10 matchup at the Classic since 1994 and one of only four bowls this year pitting two Top-10 teams.”
This is the first-ever Cotton Bowl meeting between these two top-ranked teams. Arkansas last played Kansas State in 1926.
The Wildcats will be making their third appearance at the AT&T Cotton Bowl, and their first since 2001 (Kansas State 35, Tennessee 21). Arkansas will tie Texas A&M with the second-most appearances at the Classic with 12. The Hogs last matchup at the Classic came in 2008 (Missouri 38, Arkansas 7).
“From top to bottom, the SEC and Big 12 are arguably the two best football conferences in the country,” Fin Ewing, AT&T Cotton Bowl Team Selection Chairman said. “The 2012 Classic should garner some significant attention since it’s the only bowl matchup between the Big 12 and SEC.”
Kansas State, 10-2 and 7-2 in the Big 12, is led by legendary coach Bill Snyder, who is 1-1 in previous Classic appearances. Arkansas is making its third bowl appearance under head coach Bobby Petrino. The Hogs finished the regular season 10-2 and 6-2 in the SEC.
Kickoff of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6th and will be nationally televised on FOX. Tickets are only available through the two participating schools.