The Oklahoma Sooners will take on the Oregon Ducks with an opportunity to end the 2021 season on a high note after a dramatic regular season and an even more dramatic coaching transition. With all that behind the Oklahoma Sooners, they’ll get back to the business of football against an Oregon Ducks team that also saw a coaching transition.
Oregon, much like Oklahoma, saw their season hit the skid when they lost a game in November and were unable to bounce back from that loss to stay in the College Football Playoff race.
Though they’ve dealt with similar situations, it feels as if the Oklahoma Sooners are coming into this matchup reenergized with momentum from the return of Bob Stoops, the hire of Brent Venables, and a 2022 recruiting class that returned to the top 10 after dipping to 27 after Lincoln Riley’s departure.
With that, let’s take a look at this week’s Sooners Wire Staff Predictions!
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Oklahoma Sooners 37, Oregon Ducks 27
Bowl games so often come down to who is more motivated and I think that team is Oklahoma. With interim head coach Bob Stoops leading the way just for this Valero Alamo Bowl, it’s turned into a perfect sendoff for Stoops if OU can win it.
True freshman quarterback Caleb Williams has done some spectacular things this season, but he didn’t have a great finish to the season against Baylor, Iowa State and Oklahoma State. So, there should be some motivation there for Williams.
Cale Gundy will be Oklahoma’s offensive play-caller and something tells me he and OU will want to show that they can be a physical football program moving forward with this game against the Ducks. Expect a big day in what probably is redshirt junior running back Kennedy Brooks’ final game with the Sooners.
Defensively, four starters have opted out for Oklahoma. OU will be…