Five Things To Know About Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma, Florida in rare postseason meeting

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Cotton Bowl

Who: Oklahoma (8-2, Big 12) vs. Florida (8-3, SEC)

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 30

Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas


Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850


Florida: QB Kyle Trask, 4,125 yards passing and 43 touchdowns, both best nationally.

Oklahoma: QB Spencer Rattler, 2,784 yards passing, freshman-high 25 touchdowns.


Oklahoma: The Sooners have won six consecutive Big 12 titles, the latest coming after beating Iowa State 27-21 on Saturday in the same stadium where they will now play the Cotton Bowl. They have a seven-game winning streak since being 0-2 in Big 12 play for the first time since 1998.

Florida: The Gators have lost their last two games, with a home loss to LSU before the 52-46 loss to No. 1 Alabama in the SEC title game. Their other loss this season was 41-38 at No. 5 Texas A&M. Standout TE Tyle Pitts is bypassing the Cotton Bowl to turn pro, but the Gators still have senior receivers Kadarius Toney (70 catches, 984 yards, 10 TDs) and Trevon Grimes (38, 589, nine).


Florida 24, Oklahoma 14, BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 8, 2009. It is their only previous matchup.


Oklahoma: Third appearance in Cotton Bowl, 22nd season in a row playing in a bowl game and 54th bowl overall; only Alabama, Georgia and Texas have played in more. Sooners have lost their last three bowl games, all of those being College Football Playoff semifinal games.

Florida: First appearance in Cotton Bowl, 46th bowl appearance in school history. The Gators have won three bowls in a row and eight of 10.


Florida's Dan Mullen: “That's why guys go to Florida and Oklahoma, to play in big-time games. This has been such a trying, crazy year for everybody. But it's awesome for these young men, that both schools, they've been able to persevere to get to this point, and finish out the season playing in this type of a game.

“I think everybody was pretty excited when they found out where we're going to play.”

Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley: “We've had some pretty good memories over the last several years. Now is that going to make a difference in this game? I doubt it. It's just going to be two good football teams going at it, like it should be. ... I guess if you've got to choose, having some good memories there is a good place to start."

— The Associated Press contributed to this report