LOCATION: Arlington, Texas
Michigan State: Fifth-year senior Connor Cook is the winningest quarterback in Spartans history, 34-4 as the starter and 5-1 vs. AP top 10 teams.
Alabama: Won six games against ranked opponents, the most by any team. ... 63rd bowl game, the most in college football history, as are its 34 bowl victories.
Michigan St.: Four-game bowl winning streak matches the longest in Big Ten history and is longest active streak in FBS. ... 4-0 this season against ranked teams.
Alabama 49, Michigan St. 7 (Jan. 1, 2011, Capital One Bowl, only previous meeting)
Alabama: Eighth Cotton Bowl appearance, first since beating Texas Tech 13-10 on last-second field goal in 2006.
Michigan St.: Second consecutive Cotton Bowl appearance, second overall.