Tetairoa McMillan, Top Arizona vs. Oklahoma Players to Watch – Valero Alamo Bowl

Written By PlayPicks Staff on December 9, 2023

The Valero Alamo Bowl will see the Arizona Wildcats hitting the field against the Oklahoma Sooners on Thursday, December 28, 2023. Kickoff is at 9:15 PM ET on ESPN.

The Wildcats last hit the field against the Arizona State Sun Devils, and they won 59-23. The Sooners picked up a 69-45 win last time out against the TCU Horned Frogs.

In that last outing for the Wildcats, Noah Fifita completed 30 of 41 passing attempts (73.2%) and totaled 527 yards through the air, completing five touchdown passes but giving away one interception. Michael Wiley had 12 rushing attempts and finished with 66 yards and two touchdowns while also hauling in two receptions for 35 yards and one touchdown. Tetairoa McMillan found paydirt once, and ended the contest with 11 catches for 266 yards.

For the Sooners in their last game, Dillon Gabriel finished with 24 completions on 38 attempts (63.2%) for 400 yards, tossing three touchdowns and one interception, plus seven rushing attempts for 36 yards and one rushing touchdown. Gavin Sawchuk carried the ball 22 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns. Drake Stoops hauled in 12 passes for 125 yards with one touchdown.

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Arizona Players to Watch

  • This campaign, Fifita has recorded 2,515 passing yards (228.6 yards per game) while connecting on 217 of 295 passes (73.6% completion percentage), with 23 touchdowns and five interceptions.
  • Jonah Coleman has 123 attempts for a team-high 851 rushing yards (70.9 per game) and five touchdowns. He also has 24 catches for 289 receiving yards (24.1 per game) and one touchdown.
  • D.J. Williams has run for 345 yards on 79 carries (31.4 yards per game), with four touchdowns on the ground this year.
  • This season McMillan has 80 catches and leads the team with 1,242 yards (103.5 per game) while scoring 10 touchdowns.
  • Jacob Cowing has contributed with 81 receptions for 680 yards and 11 touchdowns.
  • Tanner McLachlan has totaled 500 yards on 42 receptions with four touchdowns, averaging 50 yards per game.

Oklahoma Players to Watch

  • This season, Gabriel has racked up 3,660 passing yards (305 yards per game) while completing 266 of 384 passes (69.3% completion percentage), with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has tacked on 373 rushing yards on 93 carries (plus 12 touchdowns), averaging 31.1 yards per game.
  • Sawchuk has 105 attempts for a team-high 610 rushing yards (61 per game) and eight touchdowns.
  • Tawee Walker has 496 yards on 95 carries (45.1 ypg), with seven rushing touchdowns.
  • This season Stoops has 78 receptions for a team-high 880 receiving yards (73.3 per game) and 10 touchdowns.
  • Nic Anderson has chipped in with 31 catches for 725 yards and nine touchdowns this year. He puts up 65.9 receiving yards per game.
  • This season Jalil Farooq has caught 41 passes for 637 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 53.1 receiving yards per game.

Arizona Recent Stat Leaders

  • Keanu Mailoto has helped lead the Wildcats’ defense with in their last three games.
  • As part of the Cats’ defense, Williams has collected in their last three games.
  • The Wildcats’ defensive unit has been helped in their last three games by the contributions of Anthony Ward, who has delivered .
  • The Wildcats’ defense has been aided in their last three games by the contributions of Treydan Stukes, who has collected six tackles and one interception.

Oklahoma Recent Stat Leaders

  • Emeka Megwa has been wreaking havoc on defense, registering six tackles and one interception in the Sooners’ last three contests.
  • Luke Elzinga has been causing chaos on defense, recording six tackles and one interception for the Sooners in their last three games.
  • Gavin Freeman has six tackles and one interception in the Sooners’ last three outings.
  • Farooq has registered six tackles and one interception for the Sooners in their last three outings.

Arizona vs. Oklahoma Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Arizona -3 -102 -118 62 -110 -110

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Team Stat Comparison

Arizona Oklahoma
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 34.3 (33) 43.2 (5)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 20.8 (23) 22.3 (36)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 13 (68) 8 (16)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 10 (98) 21 (3)

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