It’s official: OU vs. Oregon in the Holiday Bowl!

The Pacific Life Holiday Bowl kicks off at 5PM PT (7PM CT) on December 29, and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN (and in high-definition on ESPN HD). Our Sooners, who won eight games and lost three to end the season with a 7-4 record (grumble Lubbock grumble), finished as #24 in the BCS Rankings.

They’ll play BCS #5 team Oregon, the same team they’ll visit in September 2006. BCS rules give Ohio State an automatic berth for finishing #4, and they also give Notre Dame an automatic berth if any team qualifies as Ohio State did and Notre Dame finishes in the BCS top ten, or wins at least 9 non-exempt games. Since Notre Dame finished #6 and went 9-2, they get the last automatic bid, and #5 Oregon is left out despite finishing ahead of the Fighting Irish in the standings.

That gives our Sooners a real test in San Diego against one of the best teams in the country in front of a national audience. Our Pride of Oklahoma will also have plenty of opportunities to shine, including the “Battle of the Bands” on December 28, a “Battle of the University Bands” on game day (after a parade that may include the Pride as well), and of course, the bowl game itself.

Click any of those links for registration/ticket details, and click here for a list of all Holiday Bowl events in San Diego. The OU Athletics Ticket Office is taking calls right now from season ticket holders only for Holiday Bowl tickets, and will open tomorrow (Monday) for other season ticket bowl ticket sales. OU will start selling any remaining Holiday Bowl tickets to the general public on Tuesday. The Holiday Bowl itself sells tickets here.

If you’re planning events in San Diego that involve Pride Alumni, be sure to post here and let us know, and contact Rita Heath as well so we can pass the word along.

And if you’ve never seen the Oregon Marching Band’s uniforms, designed in 2003 by university sponsor Nike to match the team’s jerseys, click here, but don’t have any liquid in your mouth. They are…unusual.

Sooners vs. Ducks in just over three weeks, on the last Thursday of 2005! Boomer Sooner!