Cotton Bowl watchers et al.: Do you know your Texas college football history?

The 77th Cotton Bowl (aka the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic) stacks up as one of the most attractive matchups in the game's recent history, with Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M (10-2) going up against Oklahoma (also 10-2) Jan. 4 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game, plus five other bowls played in the state, are sure to keep Texans and college football lovers everywhere dusting off their memories of Lone Star football. Here are 30 questions to put your knowledge of the subject to a serious test.

1. What former Heisman Trophy winner was the head coach at Texas Christian for six seasons in the 1990s?

Steve Spurrier

Gary Beban

Tony Dorsett

Pat Sullivan

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