The Dallas Cowboys season may have ended with a thud when they fell to the Washington Redskins on Sunday Night Football, but there is still a huge game left to be played at Cowboys Stadium with No. 9 Texas A&M taking on No. 11 Oklahoma at 7 p.m. The third bowl in the DFW area in the last week features a match-up far superior to many of the BCS games and the presence of the Heisman Trophy winner, Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel.
If you do not already have ticket to get inside Jerry Jones' football palace, odds are pretty good that if you watch the game, it will be inside a sports bar. Then again, tickets on the secondary market are available from $200 up to $1300 per ticket. For information on suites that range from $15,000 to $20,000 call (817) 892-4400.
This is Oklahoma's third trip to DFW this season following the OU-Texas Red River Rivalry game and the TCU-OU game in Fort Worth. Texas A&M is making its second trip to DFW after playing SMU in Dallas in September.
Most sports bars should be packed with such a large DFW alumni base for both schools. Here are a few of the better places to check out Johnny Football vs. the Sooners:
THREE SHEETS in Dallas is the site of the OU Club of Dallas' official watch party that will feature a 'Sooner Section' with the sound turned up for the game. While it is an OUCOD event, all Sooners fans are welcome.
J. GILLIGAN'S BAR & GRILL in Arlington is the Official Aggies Gameday Headquarters. The Association of Former Students is holding a pre-game party complete with an $8 roundtrip shuttle to Cowboys Stadium. The game will be on all the TVs complete with $3 Gig 'Em Brew Pints (maroon beer) and a full menu of Aggies specials.
The TEXAN STATION SPORTS BAR & GRILL inside the massive Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine has a 52' wide screen and 50 other flatscreens dedicated to showing sports. But let's talk about the 52' screen complete with recliners that gives it the feel of an upscale Las Vegas sports book. Food includes traditional bar snacks and burgers.
BOOMERJACK'S GRILL & BAR has two locations in Arlington. The Lincoln Square locale is walking distance to Cowboys Stadium and has 133 flatscreens should you opt to forgo the trip down Collins. The newest BoomerJack's in Arlington Highlands is about six miles south of the stadium and has a plethora of flatscreens without the gameday traffic.
COOL RIVER CAFE in Las Colinas with its upscale bar area to the right of the entry featuring a 62-inch projection TV, cigar lounge, pool tables and the popular 'Mile High Beef Nachos.'
FRANKIE'S SPORTS BAR in the Carnegie Building in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth is always a popular spot when any major sporting event is on. If you want a place to sit in view of the huge projection screen, do yourself a favor and arrive early.
BONE DADDY'S HOUSE OF SMOKE in Grapevine has plenty of TVs showing sports and great BBQ. There are four locations in DFW, but the location in Grapevine has the reputation of having the hottest ladies.
AT&T Cotton Bowl - Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma, 7 p.m. Friday, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington. TV: KDFW/4, Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, KRLD/105.3 FM
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