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Oklahoma vs. Florida | Cotton Bowl Storylines, How To Watch, Odds, & Predictions

M. Hofeld

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Kickoff: 7:00 PM CT

Location:  AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

Television: ESPN

Storylines

  • This marks OU’s sixth straight New Year’s Six bowl appearance (2015 Orange, 2016 Sugar, 2017 Rose, 2018 Orange, 2019 Peach) and the first time since 2016 that it did not qualify for the College Football Playoff. The Sooners were CFP participants in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Only Alabama and Clemson have made more CFP appearances.
  • The only two times in the past six seasons that OU did not qualify for the College Football Playoff it finished sixth (2020) and seventh (2016) in the CFP rankings.
  • OU is 5-2 at AT&T Stadium and has won its last four contests there (Big 12 Championship games each of the last four years).
  • This marks Oklahoma’s 54th bowl appearance, tied for fourth most nationally.
  • OU is making its 22nd consecutive bowl appearance, by far the longest streak in school history (the previous record was eight from the 1975-82 seasons under Barry Switzer).
  • OU has scored at least 27 points in a school-record 62 consecutive contests. The next longest streak nationally since at least 1980 is 31 by UCF (2017-19).
  • Oklahoma has played seven games against SEC teams over the last eight seasons and has gone 4-3. OU scored at least 28 points in each of those seven contests and has averaged 37 points per game.
  • Oklahoma is one of two Power Five programs (Clemson is the other) that ranks in the top 20 nationally in both total offense and total defense.
  • Florida entered bowl season with the country’s No. 1 passing attack, averaging 388.4 yards per game and amassing 45 touchdowns, both good for the national lead.
  • Tonight’s Cotton Bowl will pit an Oklahoma defense that ranks third nationally (leads the Big 12) by allowing just 90.6 rushing yards per game against a Florida squad that ranks 109th by averaging 120.5 rushing yards per contest.
  • The only previous Oklahoma-Florida meeting was a 24-14 win by the Gators in the BCS National Championship to cap the 2008 season.

Odds

Oklahoma (-3)

O/U 67.5

Predictions

Craig: 45-38 Oklahoma

Zack: 42-31 Oklahoma

Mark: 38-31 Oklahoma

Matt: 35-31 Oklahoma

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