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Cotton Bowl Hopes to Regain Elite Status
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.

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