Oklahoma is 27-17-1 in bowl games and will be trying to match a school record with a fourth straight bowl win. The Sooners beat Arkansas 10-3 in their only other trip to the Cotton Bowl after the 2001 season.
"Another excellent football team, 10-2, ranked eighth or ninth in the country, a team that has won five or six straight games down the stretch," coach Bob Stoops said of Texas A&M. "It begins with their offense and Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner. ... It'll be a special bowl game and we're looking forward to it."
Texas A&M is in the Cotton Bowl for the 13th time. The Aggies, 14-19 in bowl games, lost 41-24 to LSU following the 2010 season to extend their skid at this event to six.
Oklahoma won eight of the final nine meetings between the teams before Texas A&M left for the SEC, but those victories came before Manziel and Sumlin joined the Aggies.
Plus, Sumlin is familiar with the Sooners after being a member of Stoops' staff from 2003-07 prior to leaving to become Houston's head coach. He served as a co-offensive coordinator at the end of his time with Oklahoma.
"Kevin and I are great friends, our wives are great friends," Stoops said. "In the end, once you get to playing, you're playing. ... He's bright, he's got a good offensive mind. ... He's competitive. Kevin has all the great qualities you need."