|2020 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic|
|85th Cotton Bowl Classic|
|Date||December 30, 2020|
|MVP||Offense: Rhamondre Stevenson (RB, Oklahoma)|
Defense: Tre Norwood (DB, Oklahoma)
|Favorite||Oklahoma by 8.5 (O/U: 65.5) |
|Referee||Chris Coyte (Pac-12)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Network||ESPN and ESPN Radio|
|Announcers||ESPN: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play)|
Dusty Dvoracek (analyst)
Holly Rowe (sideline)
ESPN Radio: Brad Sham, Jordan Rodgers, Ian Fitzsimmons
The 2020 Cotton Bowl Classic was a college football bowl game played on December 30, 2020, with kickoff at 8:00 p.m. EST (7:00 p.m. local CST) on ESPN. It was the 85th edition of the Cotton Bowl Classic, and was one of the 2020–21 bowl games concluding the 2020 FBS football season. Sponsored by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, the game was officially known as the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
As one of the New Year's Six bowl games, the participants of the game were determined by the College Football Playoff selection committee. The committee matched No. 7[a] Florida of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) against No. 6[a] Oklahoma of the Big 12 Conference. The teams had only met once previously, a 24–14 Florida victory in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game. Several players from both teams opted not to participate in the game, choosing to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. The opt-outs included three of Florida's receivers: Trevon Grimes, Kyle Pitts, and Kadarius Toney.
Main article: 2020 Florida Gators football team
Florida entered the bowl with an 8–3 record. The Gators were 8–2 in SEC play, then lost the SEC Championship Game to top-ranked Alabama. The Gators' other losses were to Texas A&M and LSU. Florida defeated one ranked team during the season, Georgia. This was the Gators' first appearance in a Cotton Bowl.
Main article: 2020 Oklahoma Sooners football team
Oklahoma entered the bowl with an 8–2 record. The Sooners were 6–2 in Big 12 play, then won the Big 12 Championship Game over Iowa State. The Sooners had lost earlier in the season to Iowa State; their only other loss was to Kansas State. Oklahoma defeated two ranked teams during conference play; Texas and Oklahoma State. The Sooners had played in two prior Cotton Bowls, winning in January 2002 and losing in January 2013.
|No. 7 Florida||3||10||0||7||20|
|No. 6 Oklahoma||17||14||10||14||55|
|Time of possession||33:20||26:40|
|Florida||Passing||Kyle Trask||16/28, 158 yards, 3 INT|
|Rushing||Emory Jones||10 carries, 60 yards, 1 TD|
|Receiving||Trent Whittemore||2 receptions, 47 yards|
|Oklahoma||Passing||Spencer Rattler||14/23, 247 yards, 3 TD|
|Rushing||Rhamondre Stevenson||18 carries, 186 yards, 1 TD|
|Receiving||Seth McGowan||3 receptions, 70 yards|
The Sooners tied the Cotton Bowl record for most points scored, with 55, and set new Cotton Bowl records for rushing yards, with 435, and total yards, with 684.