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OU, OSU, Tulsa land great bowl trips; plus the entire 2016-17 bowl schedule

OU, OSU, Tulsa land great bowl trips; plus the entire 2016-17 bowl schedule
The current Oklahoma seniors were freshmen during OU's memorable Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama.

The current Oklahoma seniors were freshmen during OU’s memorable Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama.

Oklahoma’s going back to New Orleans. Oklahoma State’s going back to San Antonio. And Tulsa is going to Miami.

The Sooners (10-2, 9-0 Big 12) will play Auburn (8-4, 5-3 SEC) on Jan. 2 in the Sugar Bowl. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be carried by ESPN.

OU’s last trip to the Sugar Bowl was a memorable 45-31 victory over Alabama at the end of the 2013 season.

The Tigers finished tied for second in the SEC West. It’s the second meeting ever between the schools. OU beat the Tigers 40-22 in the 1971-72 Sugar Bowl.

The Cowboys (9-3, 7-2 Big 12) face old foe Colorado (10-3, 8-1 Pac-12) on Dec. 29 in the Alamo Bowl. ESPN has the telecast.

This is Oklahoma State’s fourth Alamo Bowl. The Cowboys lost to Purdue 33-20 in 1997, lost 33-7 to Ohio State in 2004, and beat Arizona 36-10 in 2010.

The Buffaloes won the Pac-12 South and lost the Pac-12 title game to playoff-bound Washington on Saturday. Colorado was a member of the Big Seven/Big Eight/Big 12 Conference from 1948-2011. OSU and CU were conference members from 1957, when Oklahoma A&M joined the Big Eight, until the Buffs left for the Pac-12.

The Golden Hurricane (9-3, 6-2 AAC) meets Central Michigan (6-6, 3-5 MAC) on Dec. 19 in the Miami Beach Bowl. The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. CT and can be seen on ESPN.

It’s TU’s 21st bowl appearance, 10th in the last 14 seasons and second in a row.

The Chippewas finished fifth in the six-team MAC West and gained notoriety this season for a disputed victory at Oklahoma State when officials incorrectly awarded the visiting team an untimed down after the game appeared over.

Here is the rest of the 2016-17 college football bowl schedule:

Dec. 17

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
North Carolina Central vs. Grambling
11 a.m., ABC
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
New Mexico vs. UTSA
1 p.m., ESPN
University Stadium, Albuquerque, N.M.

Las Vegas Bowl Presented by Geico
Houston vs. San Diego State
2:30 p.m., ABC
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Appalachian State vs. Toledo
4:30 p.m., ESPN
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.

AutoNation Cure Bowl
UCF vs. Arkansas State
4:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Southern Mississippi vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
8 p.m., ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

Dec. 19

Miami Beach Bowl
Central Michigan vs. Tulsa
1:30 p.m., ESPN
Marlins Park, Miami, Fla.

Dec. 20

Boca Raton Bowl
Memphis vs. Western Kentucky
6 p.m., ESPN
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla.

Dec. 21

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
BYU vs. Wyoming
8 p.m., ESPN
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.

Dec. 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Idaho vs. Colorado State
6 p.m., ESPN
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho

Dec. 23

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
noon, ESPN
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Louisiana Tech vs. Navy
3:30 p.m., ESPN
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

Dollar General Bowl
Ohio vs. Troy
7 p.m., ESPN
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.

Dec. 24

Hawai’i Bowl
Hawai’i vs. Middle Tennessee
7 p.m., ESPN
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

Dec. 26

St. Petersburg Bowl
Miami (Ohio) vs. Mississippi State
10 a.m., ESPN
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Quick Lane Bowl
Maryland vs. Boston College
1:30 p.m., ESPN
Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.

Camping World Independence Bowl
NC State vs. Vanderbilt
4 p.m., ESPN2
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La.

Dec. 27

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
Army vs. North Texas
11 a.m., ESPN
Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman
Temple vs. Wake Forest
2:30 p.m., ESPN
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.

National Funding Holiday Bowl
Minnesota vs. Washington State
6 p.m., ESPN
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
Boise State vs. Baylor
9:15 p.m., ESPN
Chase Field, Phoenix, Ariz.

Dec. 28

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern
1 p.m., ESPN
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.

Russell Athletic Bowl
West Virginia vs. Miami
4:30 p.m, ESPN
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.

Foster Farms Bowl
Indiana vs. Utah
7:30 p.m., Fox
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
Texas A&M vs. Kansas State
8 p.m., ESPN
NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Dec. 29

Birmingham Bowl
South Florida vs. South Carolina
1 p.m., ESPN
Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.

Belk Bowl
Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech
4:30 p.m., ESPN
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

Valero Alamo Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Colorado
8 p.m., ESPN
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Dec. 30

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Georgia vs. TCU
11 a.m., ESPN
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tenn.

Hyundai Sun Bowl
Stanford vs. North Carolina
1 p.m., CBS
Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Nebraska vs. Tennessee
2:30 p.m., ESPN
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl
South Alabama vs. Air Force
4:30 p.m., Campus Insiders
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz.

Capital One Orange Bowl
No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Florida State
7 p.m., ESPN
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

Dec. 31

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
LSU vs. Louisville
10 a.m., ABC
Camping Ground Stadium, Orlando, Fla.

TaxSlayer Bowl
Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky
10 a.m., ESPN
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.

Jan. 2

Outback Bowl
Florida vs. Iowa
Noon, ABC
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
No. 8 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Noon, ESPN
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
No. 9 USC vs. No. 5 Penn State
4 p.m., ESPN
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.

Allstate Sugar Bowl
No. 14 Auburn vs. No. 7 Oklahoma
7:30 p.m., ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

College Football Playoff

Dec. 31

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
No. 4 Washington vs. No. 1 Alabama
2 p.m., ESPN
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson
6 p.m., ESPN
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

Jan. 9

College Football Playoff National Championship
7 p.m., ESPN
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he’s now co-host of “Further Review” on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World’s lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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