Posted December 29th, 2005 by Matt
Filed under: Bowls, Football

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Oregon #6 Oregon (10-1) vs. OU (7-4)
Dec. 24, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Favorite: Oregon by 3

This is a game that has been on my radar for some time now. On paper, this looks like an easy victory for #6 Oregon, but the line only having Oregon as 3 point favorites tells you another story. Oklahoma has won 5 out of its last 6 and Adrian Peterson back and healthy again. We all knew that Rhett Bomar would struggle early on, but he has been gaining confidence and actually been playing semi-solid over the past few games.

Bottom-line for Oregon is that they have QB issues, with Dennis Dixon and Brady Leaf splitting time since Clemens injury. And if you Brady Leaf (Ryan Leaf’s brother) gets in the game, you know the San Diego crowd is going to be all over him. Also, I don’t really see Oregon getting up for this game after being outraged from being left out of the BCS.

I think Oklahoma wins this one in a close game, and for the second straight year a Big 12 team upsets a 10-1 Pac-10 team.

Players to Watch: Oregon WR Demetrius Williams, Oklahoma RB Adrian Peterson

Prediction: Oklahoma 34, Oregon 30

If Texas was in the Holiday Bowl…

If Kellen Clemens were healthy the score wouldn’t be this lopsided but Texas still probably puts a ton of points on the board. They’re not terrible on that side of the ball but they haven’t stopped anybody this year either. Since losing their starting QB the Ducks haven’t been the same team on offense and would definitely struggle to get anything going against the Horns. Texas 49, Oregon 10.

Different but not too much closer ball game now that Peterson is healthy. With him and a more experienced Bomar the Sooners hold on to the ball longer and put together a few more scoring drives than they were able to back in October. Texas is really rolling on offense right now but would score fewer points as the Sooners attempt to control the clock and keep the Horns’ offense off the field. Texas 42, OU 20.


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  1. reply to  #1


    I’ve got OU winning as well, I think a healthy Adrian Peterson is bad news for the Oregon defense. Plus, though they’re not whining as much as Cal last year, I think the Ducks are disappointed about not being in a BCS game and that could affect things as well.

  2. reply to  #2

    Sandy Underpants

    Wouldn’t you be ticked off if you were 10-1 and your only loss was to the #1 team in the nation and you lost out on a 14 million dollar BCS bowl to a 9-2 team that lost to an unranked 5-6 team and another team who never even beat a ranked team? That’s a gyp, and it’s the second time in 4 or 5 years that the Ducks got totally shafted by the system.

  3. reply to  #3


    I think that Oregon saw it coming though. They may be pissed but they probably weren’t shocked.

    And Oregon didn’t beat a single ranked team either.

  4. reply to  #4


    That was the third time this bowl season I’ve seen that stupid “kick catch interference” call where the coverage guy hit the receiver after he touched the ball. I don’t know if someone said they need to watch for that, but after seemingly going all season without it being called (unless it was obvious) I find it odd that all of a sudden they’re blowing it so blatantly.

  5. reply to  #5


    Yeah, that call last night in the Nebraska game was bullshit too.

    And can we get some more scoring in this game or what? This game is pretty damn boring.

  6. reply to  #6


    Flea flicker from the end zone!! Wow, what a ballsy call. I guess you can do that when you coach at Oregon where only like 10,000 people care.

  7. reply to  #7


    I honestly don’t think refs know the ball has to be catchable to be pass interference. I bet Texas had PI called on us half a dozen times where the ball was thrown 5 yards out of bounds this year.

    Terrible call.

  8. reply to  #8


    I don’t think it was that bad of a call. They probably could have at least called holding or something. Plus, that guy was so tall that he may have gotten a finger on the ball.

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