NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04: Ryan Mallett #15 of the Arkansas Razorbacks looks to pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Cotton Bowl officials couldn't be more pleased with a matchup between Arkansas and Kansas State.
They were quick to snatch up the two schools after the BCS bowl games made their selections.
The Razorbacks weren't eligible because two teams from the SEC had already qualified for BCS games -- LSU will play Alabama for the national title. But the Wildcats were snubbed by the Sugar Bowl, which favored a matchup between Virginia Tech and Michigan.
That was just fine with Cotton Bowl officials, who remember more than 50,000 fans traveled south from Kansas the last time the Wildcats played in the game in 2001.
The Cotton Bowl will be played Jan. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.