At the midpoint of the 2023 season, it looked like the Sooners had a good chance of appearing at the College Football Playoff when they started 8-0 and, at one point, moved into the top five in national rankings. However, the Sooners' dreams were shattered after they lost two games in a row to Kansas and Oklahoma State.
Despite the setback, Venables completed his second season as the head coach of the Sooners as the No. 12 team in the country, a significant improvement from his first season when the Sooners finished 6-6. The Sooners are now looking forward to a postseason bowl game before they head to the SEC in 2024.
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Will Oklahoma play in a bowl game?
The Sooners are eligible to participate in a bowl game after winning at least six games during the 2023 season, finishing with a record of 10-2.
The Sooners finished third in the conference and No. 12 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Fellow two-loss teams Missouri (No. 9), Penn State (10) and Ole Miss (11) were all idle on championship weekend and took precedence in New Year's Six bowl spots.
With the Sooners two losses this season, the College Football Playoff was out of the picture.
Oklahoma will play in the 2023 Alamo Bowl.
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Who will Oklahoma play in the Alamo Bowl?
Oklahoma will take on the Arizona Wildcats (9-3) in the 2023 Alamo Bowl. The Sooners and Wildcats have met twice before, most recently in 1989, when Arizona won, 6-3.
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When is the Alamo Bowl? TV schedule and streaming
When: Thursday, Dec. 28, 9:15 p.m. ET
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Cable TV: ESPN
Streaming: ESPN app; YouTube TV; Sling; FuboTV
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Oklahoma football bowl game: Sooners will play Arizona in Alamo Bowl