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Cheez-It Bowl: Oklahoma Selected to Face Florida State

The Oklahoma Sooners are headed to the Cheez-It Bowl later this month to take on the Florida State Seminoles, according to the Action Network’s Brett McMurphy.

The game is set for Dec. 29 at 4:30 p.m. central.

Oklahoma is coming off an uncharacteristic 6-6 season in which it failed to reach the Big 12 Championship game for the second straight season. It was the Sooners’ first season under new coach Brent Venables, who replaced Lincoln Riley after he left for USC. This was Oklahoma’s first season with fewer than 10 wins in a non-COVID season since 2014, when the Sooners went 8-5 under former coach Bob Stoops.

 

Oklahoma has already lost some players to the transfer portal, which opens officially on Monday. Those players include wide receiver Theo Wease, edge rusher Joseph Wete, defensive back Jordan Mukes, cornerback Joshua Eaton and quarterback Nick Evers.

Oklahoma will play in its 56th bowl game. The Sooners have a record of 31-23-1 in bowl games. OU has played in a bowl game every season since 1999, which was Stoops’ first season as head coach.

Florida State (9-3) started the season with a huge win over LSU in a neutral site game at the Louisiana Superdome. Florida State finished second in the Atlantic Division of the ACC, three games behinc undefeated Clemson. The Seminoles have not been to a bowl game since 2019.

Oklahoma and Florida State are familiar bowl opponents. This is the fifth time the two teams will play each other in a bowl game. All four games have taken place in the state of Florida, including three Orange Bowls. Their last bowl meeting was in 2001, when Oklahoma beat Florida State to win the national championship.

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