Valero Alamo Bowl 2021: Odds, Daily Fantasy Tips for Oregon vs. Oklahoma

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistDecember 28, 2021

Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams (13) during an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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The Oregon Ducks and Oklahoma Sooners carry a ton of similarities going into the Alamo Bowl, but they are not the good kind.

The Pac-12 and Big 12 powers lost their head coaches after the end of the regular season, and they will use makeshift rosters for Wednesday's clash in San Antonio.

Oregon is in a more precarious spot with its roster due to transfers, opt-outs and injuries. Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux and wide receiver Mycah Pittman are among the players not available. 

Oklahoma still has Caleb Williams at quarterback, but his future after Wednesday is uncertain because of all the changes within the Sooners program. 

The Sooners turned to legendary head coach Bob Stoops to lead them in the Alamo Bowl to bridge the gap between Lincoln Riley and Brent Venables. 

Oregon wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon earned the interim tag after Mario Cristobal's departure. He will have Joe Moorhead calling offensive plays for him in San Antonio before Moorhead departs for Akron. 


Alamo Bowl Info

Date: Wednesday, December 29

Start Time: 9:15 p.m. ET 


Live Stream: ESPN app and ESPN.com.


Game Odds

Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook.

Spread: Oklahoma (-7) 

Over/Under: 60 

Money Line: Oklahoma (-275; bet $275 to win $100); Oregon (+220; bet $100 to win $220)


Daily Fantasy Tips

Make Sure You Roster Caleb Williams

Caleb Williams is probably the best quarterback playing in a Wednesday bowl game. 

You could argue Clemson's D.J. Uiagalelei is better, but the ACC signal-caller struggled in his first full year as the starting quarterback.

Williams provided a jolt inside the Oklahoma program when he took over for Spencer Rattler, who has already transferred to South Carolina. 

Williams threw for 18 touchdowns and four interceptions in just a half-season, and he is the front-runner to be the Alamo Bowl Most Valuable Player. 

The freshman should have more time in the pocket than other Oregon opponents since Kayvon Thibodeaux opted out to focus on the NFL draft. That is a welcome sight after Williams was sacked 10 times in the last two games. 

The Sooners coaching staff should allow Williams to sling the ball around the field on a frequent basis against a weakened Oregon defense. 

Oregon will be without its top defensive back Mykael Wright, and it is missing a handful of others due to injuries, per 247Sports' Matt Prehm.

Williams has the potential to put some of the biggest passing numbers of bowl season, and in the process, he could show Oklahoma fans what is in store for the future of the program.

Williams could be a Sooners star for years to come if he opts to stay on with the new coaching staff instead of leaving for USC, like a handful of players and committed recruits already have. 


Trust Oregon's Experienced Duo

Quarterback Anthony Brown and running back Travis Dye are the only two Oregon offensive players you can trust for a daily fantasy football contest. 

The rest of the Oregon offense is ravaged by the combination of opt-outs, transfers and injuries, and that could make life difficult for Brown in the passing game. 

The good news for Brown is offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead will be calling the plays before he departs for his new head coaching job at Akron.

Brown produced 3,320 total yards inside the Oregon offense, and he may do more with his legs vs. Oklahoma because of his lack of depth at wide receiver. 

Dye, a 1,000-yard rusher, should be trusted with a heavy workload to make up for the lack of depth across the offensive skill positions. 

Dye is facing an average Oklahoma rushing defense that gave up 123.9 yards per game. Dye ran for at least 80 yards in three of his last four games. 

Brown and Dye will try to keep Oregon close, but if a blowout ensues, they may be rested for younger players, especially Brown, as freshman Ty Thompson is the future of the Oregon program at the position. 


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