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Huge weekend for two Texas football teams

It's shaping up to be a big sports weekend in Texas this weekend. Two Texas teams have huge matchups this weekend and you can be sure fans won't miss a second of the action.

Texas A&M Aggies

The Texas A&M Aggies square off Friday night against former Big 12 rival Oklahoma in the 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl.

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, a Tyler native, will lead the Aggies (10-2) into Cowboys Stadium in Arlington to face Landry Jones and a 10-2 Oklahoma team in what looks to be one of the most entertaining matchups of the bowl season.

The Aggies made it to the Cotton Bowl as the fourth-ranked team from the SEC behind Alabama, Florida and LSU, while Oklahoma was bumped out of a BCS game after Northern Illinois secured an automatic at-large BCS bid and Kansas Stats clinched the Big 12's BCS bid.

Manziel, a freshman, broke 2010 Heisman winner Cam Newton's SEC record with 4,600 total yards in the Aggies' first season in the highly competitive SEC. He will square off against Jones, a senior, who is the Sooners' career leader in passing yards, touchdown passes, wins, completions and attempts. Jones is also the first FBS quarterback to throw for at least 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns in four seasons.

Texas A&M is a three point favorite headed into the game. If Texas A&M wins, the Sooners will have lost to each of the three Heisman Trophy candidates this season.

The Cotton Bowl kicks off Friday night at 7 p.m.

Houston Texans

Four hours down the road, the Houston Texans have their own big matchup this weekend. The Texans play host to the Cincinnati Bengals to kick off the Wild Card Round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs.

Matt Schaub will make his first postseason start as the Texans (12-4) try to rebound from losing their final two regular-season games, costing them a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

The Bengals (10-6), led by Andy Dalton, have their first consecutive playoff berths since 1981-82. They were eliminated by the Texans, 31-10, in last year's wild-card round.

The action kicks off at Reliant Stadium in Houston at 3:30 p.m.

If only one team could win this weekend, which would you choose, the Texans or the Aggies? Vote in our poll now!

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