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December 27, 2021 09:54 PM
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Alamo Bowl, Wednesday

Opting out of bowl games has become a trend for players and teams, either because of COVID or NFL Draft reasons. Bob Stoops is jumping back into college football this month for the right reasons.

Stoops, the winningest coach in Oklahoma history, has come out of retirement to lead the Sooners against Oregon on Wednesday in the Alamo Bowl. After former coach Lincoln Riley left for the USC job, Stoops immediately showed his loyalty to a program in need of a shot of positive vibes.

When handicapping this chaotic bowl season, personnel matchups and statistical analysis take a back seat to emphasizing the importance of motivation and location. This will be a special game for Stoops and the Sooners’ players, who want to win for their legendary coach. The San Antonio setting will mean a pro-Oklahoma crowd.

The motivation for Oregon might be lacking. Three days after the Ducks were blown out by Utah in the Pac-12 title game, coach Mario Cristobal took his talents to South Beach for the Miami job. Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux declared for the NFL Draft and could be the No. 1 pick.

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