2021 Alamo Bowl | Storylines, How To Watch, Odds, & Predictions

Kickoff: 8:15 PM CT

Location: Alamodome, San Antonio (TX)

Television: ESPN

Notes & Storylines

  • Tonight marks Oklahoma’s 55th bowl appearance, fourth most nationally.
  • OU is making its 23rd consecutive bowl appearance, by far the longest streak in school history (the previous record was eight from the 1975-82 seasons under Barry Switzer).
  • Oklahoma’s 30 bowl wins are tied for the fifth most nationally.
  • This marks the first time since 2014 that Oklahoma did not qualify for a New Year’s Six bowl.
  • Oklahoma is 67-32-3 (.672) all-time against programs currently in the Pac-12.
  • Tonight will mark Bob Stoops’ first collegiate game since the Sooners’ 35-19 Sugar Bowl win over Auburn that capped the 2016 season.
  • A former 13-year Oklahoma assistant coach who won a national championship with the Sooners and two more with Clemson during a highly successful 10-year stint as defensive coordinator, Brent Venables was named OU’s 23rd head football coach Dec. 5.
  • Oklahoma has never played in the Alamo Bowl, and its only game in San Antonio was a 38-17 win over No. 1 Missouri in the 2007 Big 12 Championship game that gave the Sooners their fifth of 14 Big 12 titles.
  • Since replacing Spencer Rattler during the Texas game, Caleb Williams has completed 110 of 174 pass attempts (63.2%) for 1,572 yards and 18 touchdowns against four interceptions (168.7 pass efficiency rating is the nation’s fifth best since Oct. 9). He has also rushed 67 times for 347 yards (5.2 average) and TDs of 74, 66, 41, 40 and 2 yards in the seven games.
  • OU ranks first nationally this season with its 96.4% score rate in the red zone (54 scores on 56 trips). Forty-three of its 54 red zone scores (79.6%) have been touchdowns.
  • OU is tied for the national lead with its 21 forced fumbles and is tied for sixth with 12 fumble recoveries.
  • Oklahoma holds a 6-1 series record against Oregon and has outscored the Ducks by an average score of 33-11 in those meetings.
  • The only bowl meeting between the programs came in the 2005 Holiday Bowl when unranked Oklahoma posted a 17-14 win over No. 6 Oregon in San Diego, Calif.
  • Oregon is 10-3 overall and finished 7-2 in Pac-12 regular season play. The Ducks lost 38-10 to Utah in the Pac12 Championship, and its other losses were at Utah (38-7) and at Stanford (31-24).
  • The Ducks rank 45th in scoring offense (31.4 ppg) and 60th in scoring defense (25.5 ypg). They rank 53rd in total offense (418.0 ypg) and 60th in total defense (371.8 ypg).

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