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Oklahoma Sooners Football: OU set to play Florida in Cotton Bowl

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OU is heading back to Arlington, Texas to take on the SEC runner-up.

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The Oklahoma Sooners (8-2) check in at No. 6 in this season’s final College Football Playoff rankings and have been selected to play the No. 7 Florida Gators in the 2020 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. This New Year’s Six bowl game is scheduled to kick off on Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. CT inside AT&T Stadium.

Third-year head coach Dan Mullen and Heisman Trophy contender QB Kyle Trask have led the Gators to an 8-3 overall record, however, UF limps into the bowl season following back-to-back losses to LSU in the Swamp and Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Meanwhile, since starting the year at 1-2, OU has rallied to win its last seven games and claim a sixth straight Big 12 title.

While the prospects of competing in a NY6 bowl game are exciting for the program on a number of levels, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is still a possibility that Oklahoma opts to decline this year’s bowl invite and instead enter the offseason on a relatively high note. All things considered, it would be hard to blame the Sooners if that’s the route they ultimately choose to take, as players are surely ready to be with their families at this point. Whatever happens, it’s been a heck of a season for Lincoln Riley’s group, and with Spencer Rattler and a ton of defensive talent back in the fold in 2021, the future in Norman appears as bright as ever.

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