Ole Miss gets return invitation

DALLAS -- The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic matchup will feature Oklahoma State and Mississippi, a source close to the game confirmed Tuesday.

The Jan. 2 game will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington for the first time. The selected teams won't be made official until later this week or after Saturday's Big 12 and SEC championship games.

The Cotton Bowl gets the first selection of Big 12 teams after the BCS is determined, making Oklahoma State (9-3) an easy choice. But the Capital One Bowl takes the first SEC West team ahead of the Cotton Bowl, and they will likely take LSU. That left the Cotton Bowl to choose between Ole Miss (8-4) and a handful of 7-5 teams.

Mississippi defeated Texas Tech in the final Cotton Bowl played at the Cotton Bowl stadium last January. Oklahoma State faced Ole Miss the last time they went to the Cotton Bowl in 2004. The Rebels won that game, 31-28, behind Eli Manning's three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).

Oklahoma State, which has dealt with the suspension of playmaking wide receiver Dez Bryant and numerous injuries, had been considered a candidate for a BCS at-large berth before Saturday's loss to Oklahoma.

Ole Miss started the season in the top 10 and jumped into the top 5 before losing to South Carolina. Mississippi also lost at home to Alabama and on the road at Auburn and Mississippi State.