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Oil Bowl

This article is about the college football game. For the high school game, see Oil Bowl (high school).

The Oil Bowl was a college football bowl game played three times at Rice Field in Houston, Texas in the 1940s.[1] Muddy conditions for the first and freezing temperatures for the third game doomed future contests. In 1949, a junior college bowl game of the same name was played.

Some consider the New Year's Day bowl game of 1944 (after the 1943 season) to have been a college division/minor bowl game. Both rosters were made up of varsity players from ranked teams in the 1942 season. This was possible because both schools were participants in the WWII V-12 program. The Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana-Lafayette) team, for example, was composed of over 175 varsity players from other colleges. These numbers included 18 players from 19th-ranked Rice, nine players from 13th-ranked LSU, and eight players from the eighth-ranked Tulsa teams of 1942. These players were not all starters for the team; varsity players from other schools made up the majority of the team.

Game results

Date Winning Team Losing Team Location
January 1, 1944 Louisiana-Lafayette 24 Arkansas–Monticello 7 Rice Field, Houston, Texas
January 1, 1946 Georgia 20 Tulsa 6 Rice Field, Houston, Texas
January 1, 1947 Georgia Tech 41 Saint Mary's 19 Rice Field, Houston, Texas


  1. ^ Foldesy, Jody. "Bowls burgeon as big business", The Washington Times. December 21, 1997. Page A1.

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