ARLINGTON, Texas — The Cotton Bowl is an appropriate season-ender for 11th-ranked Kansas State and coach Bill Snyder.
When the Wildcats were first in the Cotton Bowl 15 years ago, it was a watershed moment for the long-struggling program. They went again at the end of the 2000 season, during a stretch of six 11-win seasons in seven years before Snyder's brief retirement.
And now he's back in his second turnaround at K-State.
Seventh-ranked Arkansas is back at Cowboys Stadium, where the Razorbacks had a second-half comeback three months ago. Their only losses are against No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama.
The Cotton Bowl matchup of 10-2 teams Friday night is the only non-BCS bowl with two teams ranked in the top 10 of the BCS standings.