Cotton Bowl Classic pits former rivals LSU, Texas A&M

Michael Tortorich
LSU standout Patrick Peterson could play in his final game with the Tigers Friday if he decides to enter the NFL?Draft.

LSU and Texas A&M revive an ancient rivalry with the AT&T Cotton Bowl Friday night.

It will be the first meeting between the teams since 1995 and the 50th overall contest between the two schools in football.  

For the second straight year, the game will be played in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

No. 11 LSU (10-2) and No. 18 Texas A&M (9-3) will kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

The game will be televised by Fox.

Ridley cleared

LSU starting running back Stevan Ridley grabbed headlines for nearly two weeks after he was ruled academically ineligible.

LSU appealed to the NCAA and it was announced earlier this week that Ridley had been reinstated.

The junior leads the Tigers with 1,042 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Rumors swirl

After Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez was fired after a 15-22 record in three seasons, speculation once again began into LSU?head coach Les Miles’ future.

Miles, a former Michigan guard, said during a press conference Wednesday that he had received no contact from Michigan and that he was focused on his team’s upcoming opponent.

NFL next?

LSU cornerback and return specialist Patrick Peterson may dress for his final game as a Tiger, that is if he chooses to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL?draft.

Miles said if Peterson choses the NFL, “we will wish him the very best.”

“If this in fact is his last game with LSU, we will miss him without a question,”?Miles added.

Senior sendoff

LSU will bid farewell to the likes of seniors Kelvin Sheppard, Drake Nevis and Joseph Barksdale after the Cotton Bowl match.

“This is a quality group of men and they work hard,”?Miles said. “So, I am going to miss them when they are all gone.”