Oregon football is preparing for an exciting Alamo Bowl matchup with Oklahoma on Wednesday night and it’s a perfect opportunity for a statement win.
The Alamo Bowl isn’t exactly where Oregon football expected to be playing this postseason. The year began on a high note as the Ducks beat Ohio State in Columbus back in September and jumped all the way to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 before losing to Stanford.
The Ducks bounced back and found their way back into the playoff conversation before Utah crushed their playoff hopes at the end of the season. And then Utah again crushed Oregon’s dreams of another Pac-12 title in the championship game with a second blowout in three weeks.
After a near-perfect start to the season, Oregon has fallen apart in the national spotlight. The Ducks went from potentially playoff-bound with a win over Utah to out of the New Year’s Six altogether. They also went from a potential NY6 bowl to a Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl berth. Not ideal.
But the Ducks’ opponent still gives them an opportunity to end the season on a positive note with a statement win.
Beating Oklahoma would be a statement win for Oregon football
Oklahoma isn’t exactly having a typical successful season that Sooner fans have grown to expect and they’re actually in the same boat as Oregon with a coach bolting after the conclusion of the regular season, but this is still a huge opportunity for the Ducks. Oklahoma is a household name in college football and it has to be considered one of the 6-7 perennial powerhouses.
An Oregon win would go a long way here for recruiting, momentum, and confidence for the current players on the roster.
People don’t usually look at the Alamo Bowl and think “if they win, that will really impress me”, but I truly think if Oregon beats Oklahoma while being down about two dozen players due to COVID-19 and the transfer portal with no full-time head coach (though Bob Stoops isn’t the full-time coach), that will really put the nation on notice.
Oregon is young and a win here could catapult this team to big things in 2022.