Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma Sooners-Oregon Ducks X-Factors
John Hoover: Bob Stoops
There will be major adjustments for the Oklahoma coordinators in the Alamo Bowl. No more Cale Gundy in case of infringement or Brian Odom on defense has never called signals before. There has already been a rollover on the roster, with four defensive starters and three offensive starters or former starters transferred and retiring. In fact, the Sooners have been in total turmoil for much of December since Lincoln riley to the left. And now they have to play a game of football against a team that was ranked No. 3 in the nation earlier this year. But the one person who stabilized the entire operation in the fallout between Riley and Brent Venables is the same person who organized the recruiting and the same person who guided OR throughout bowl week with professionalism and experience: Bob bends over. The Sooners are in good hands with a Hall of Famer that has 190 career wins – 189 more than its Oregon counterpart.
Ryan Chapman: Motivation
The question that arises in any bowl game is really which team actually wants to be there. The motivation will be even more prevalent in the Alamo Bowl, as both teams fell short of their goals for the season. The Ducks expected to play in the Rose Bowl at the very least after dominating Ohio State at Columbus earlier this year, and nothing less than a Sugar Bowl spot for the Sooners this year was going to be. classified as a total disaster. Add to that that both programs have undergone a change of coach and are just trying to put together enough coaches on the pitch to even staff the game, and everyone can guess if either team really wants to. play in San Antonio. Maybe both teams come out motivated to play and want to end their year on a high. But if the Sooners or Ducks come out flat, it’ll be a long night and a fitting end to a disappointing season for one of the programs.
Josh Callaway: Oklahoma’s Defensive Front
What the Oklahoma defensive front does against a physically imposing Oregon offensive line is going to tell us a lot about how this game goes. The Sooners don’t have four extremely essential pieces to their defense to enter this game in Perrion Winfrey, Isaiah Thomas, Nik Bonitto and Brian Asamoah. How intensely does the next wave of guys intensify in their absence to accompany the veteran Jalen redmond? That will be the big question. If the Sooners can’t find a way to slow down the Ducks’ running game and keep Anthony brown In the pocket, there could be a few issues for interim DC Brian Odom on Wednesday night.