Year in and year out, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, Texas is one of the biggest football games of the year, as it brings together two of the elite teams of college football for a postseason matchup. That's why fans come from all over the nation to participate in the action that goes down at AT&T Stadium, one of the greatest football venues in the country and the home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. In 2015, it was the Alabama Crimson Tide who were able to put together a win over the Michigan State Spartans in the College Football Playoff Semifinal game, ultimately sending the Tide onto the National Championship Game.

Even though the Cotton Bowl has been a major college football tradition for generations, there is also a special layer of intensity in the air now that it is a member of the College Football Playoff. The expectations and the pressure on the line at a bowl of this much hype tends to make for some electrifying action as many of the best players in the country look to shine in the biggest spotlight of the season. With two fresh teams coming together for another epic matchup that will draw fans to Arlington-Dallas from around the nation, Cotton Bowl tickets are sure to be as popular as they've ever been.


This year's matchup will be determined by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee on Sunday, December 3rd.  Thanks to Cotton Bowl season tickets that continue to get picked up long in advance, this is one of those games that comes with a game day atmosphere that can't be duplicated.


Thanks to a history that dates back to 1937, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is one of the oldest bowls in all of NCAA football and continues to be a benchmark for every season. For decades, the Classic took place at the Cotton Bowl Stadium, although in 2010 the game moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington when Dallas Cowboys' new stadium opened. Now that it's a crucial part of the rotating playoff system, there has never been more incentive to head out and catch the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic as it consistently showcases the best competition that college football has to offer.


Anyone who had Cotton Bowl tickets to the 1979 bout between the Houston Cougars and Notre Dame Fighting Irish ended up witnessing one of the greatest games in college football history. After having to retreat to the locker room while battling hypothermia, Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana reentered the game midway through the fourth quarter with the Irish down big to the Cougars. Montana would end leading the Fighting Irish all the way back and tossed a touchdown as time expired, giving Notre Dame a 35-34 win and Montana the nickname "The comeback kid."