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The Oil Bowl was a college football bowl game played three times at Rice Field in Houston, Texas in the 1940s. 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.
|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|
- Foldesy, Jody. "Bowls burgeon as big business", The Washington Times. December 21, 1997. Page A1.
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