The 76th Annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be held in Cowboys Stadium Friday and Arkansas fans talk about the mood in Dallas and predict the outcome of the matchup between the Razorbacks and the Kansas State Wildcats.
Jane Boyd grew up in Northwest Arkansas and is a 1984 graduate of the University of Arkansas who now lives in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine, TX. According to Boyd, "Cowboys Stadium is Razorback Stadium South. There are more UA alums here than anywhere other than Fayetteville. The Cotton Bowl is a home game."
When asked about where she will be watching the game, Boyd said, "I am going to the Buffalo Wild Wings in Addison with the other alums not going to the game."
According to the Greater Dallas Razorback Club's Facebook page, that location is the place to be if you are not at Cowboys Stadium at 7pm (CST) on Jan. 6. "Buffalo Wild Wings in Addison, TX is the Watch Party Headquarters of the Greater Dallas Razorback Club," the site notes.
When asked for her prediction of the outcome of the game in terms of who will win and by how many points, Boyd replied, "I never do points, no idea, but the Hogs will win!
The No. 6 Hogs, Arkansas Razorbacks, who are 10 and 2 overall and 6 and 2 in SEC play, are taking on the No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats who are also 10 and 2 overall and 6 and 2 in the Big 12.
David Beck, a native of Northwest Arkansas and a 1985 graduate of the University of Arkansas, has lived in Dallas for a quarter-century. When asked about the mood in Dallas and numbers of Arkansas versus K-State fans seen around town, Beck said, "Lots of excitement in the small group of friends/Hog fans I know here. Lots of people rolled into town today, but since I haven't made it out (to restaurants, malls, etc.) I don't know the Razorback-to-Wildcat ratio. I've lived here 25 years and I do know how the Arkies love coming to Dallas."
Beck will be spending the evening of Jan. 6 at Cowboys Stadium. "I am going to the game with my oldest son and two friends from my U of A days," said Beck. "Got lucky on getting tickets. I know someone who knows someone. Or something like that. I'm looking forward to the game. My record going to Cotton Bowls is far from stellar—1 win and 4 losses—so I'm hoping to do some catching up."
This will be the Razorbacks 12th appearance in the Cotton Bowl. Fox16.com states, "The Razorbacks have won three Cotton Bowls (1965, 1976 and 2000)," and they are favored to defeat Kansas State on Jan. 6.
Beck predicts this final score: Arkansas 31 - Kansas State 13.
Ryan Rieger is a Dallas resident who holds a graduate degree from Southern Methodist University. When asked if he is a Razorback fan, Reiger said, "Yes, but not as rabid as one who went to the U of A would be!" Yet, his being a Razorback fan is likely due to spending some of his teenage years living in Northwest Arkansas.
Rieger said he had "noticed fans walking around downtown and in restaurants" and mentioned that he has "noticed more K-State fans as their purple shirts stand out more than the Arkansas red!"
Rieger will be watching the game from the comfort of his home and predicts that "Arkansas will win 38 to 28!"
Both Boyd and Rieger ended their responses with this - "WPS!" Translation: Wooo Pig Sooie!
Update: Excitement abounds when it comes to Arkansas fans watching their Razorbacks play, especially when it's a Cotton Bowl "home game" in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium. Jane Boyd just sent a message with this update, "Got tickets- I will now will be AT the game!"