Gators earn bid to Cotton Bowl, finish No. 7 in final CFP Rankings

Florida will face No. 6 Oklahoma (8-2) in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 30.
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Posted at 5:45 PM, Dec 20, 2020

The Gators will face No. 6 Oklahoma in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, which is scheduled for Dec. 30. Kickoff at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is set for 8 p.m. ET, with ESPN televising the game.

This will be Florida’s first trip to the Cotton Bowl Classic and just the third bowl game played by the Gators in the state of Texas. UF last went bowling in the Lone Star State in 1982 when they participated in the Bluebonnet Bowl against Arkansas. The Gators faced Texas A&M in the 1977 Sun Bowl.

The Gators (8-3, 8-2 SEC) will face Oklahoma (8-2, 6-2) for the second time in school history. The only other meeting between the two was in the BCS National Championship in the 2008 season, when the Gators downed the Sooners, 24-14, in Miami.

Florida is making its 46th all-time bowl appearance, and it is 24-21 in its previous bowl games. This will be the 20th time the Gators play in a New Year’s Six bowl. Florida downed Michigan, 41-15, in the 2018 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and then last season won the Capital One Orange Bowl against Virginia, 36-28.