Remember the Alamo … Bowl?
Well, Arizona football will be back there in more than three weeks when it faces No. 12 Oklahoma in San Antonio. The game will be televised on ESPN.
The memory of the last time Arizona was there might want to be forgotten – Arizona fell to Oklahoma State, 36-10 – but Arizona will attempt to continue to make this season a remarkable one.
Arizona, projected to finish eighth in the Pac-12, finished 9-3 and third in the conference.
Arizona coach Jedd Fisch said he shared the bowl bid at the team’s end-of-season banquet and said they were “excited.”
The projection of the bowl bid had been there for some time.
“We’ve had quite a season around here and the last six games have certainly been a highlight of what’s been a fantastic 12-game season,” Fisch said on a Zoom conference call with the Alamo Bowl officials. “But we couldn’t be more thrilled to go against Coach (Brent) Venables’ team. We have all the respect in the world for Oklahoma, and all the things that Oklahoma stands for in the national landscape, to be able to play a top 12 team and for our two teams to be (ranked) 14 and (ranked) 12 and be out there. What a special opportunity for all of us and we’re just thrilled to be there. And can’t wait to get out to San Antonio.”
Fisch said UA will likely leave for San Antonio on Dec. 23.
Arizona goes in on a six-game winning streak, having knocked off four ranked teams in the process.
“I’d like to congratulate Coach Fisch for an amazing turnaround just two short years ago,” Venables said. “The turnaround has been quite remarkable.”
This matchup will be the fifth time in Alamo Bowl history that will feature two top 15 teams.