1970 Oklahoma Sooners football team

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1970 Oklahoma Sooners football
Conference Big Eight Conference
1970 record 7–4–1 (5–2 Big 8)
Head coach Chuck Fairbanks (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Barry Switzer (5th year)
Offensive scheme Wishbone
Home stadium Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 61,836)
Seasons
« 1969 1971 »
1970 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Nebraska 7 0 0     11 0 1
#20 Oklahoma 5 2 0     7 4 1
Kansas State 5 2 0     6 5 0
Colorado 3 4 0     6 5 0
Missouri 3 4 0     5 6 0
Kansas 2 5 0     5 6 0
Oklahoma State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Iowa State 1 6 0     5 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1970 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1970 college football season, the 76th season of Sooner football. The team was led by head coach Chuck Fairbanks in his fourth season as the OU head coach. They played their home games at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. They were a member of the Big Eight Conference.

Conference play began at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado on October 17, with a win over the Colorado Buffaloes, and ended on November 28 at home in Norman with a win over Oklahoma State in the annual Bedlam Series.

After finishing the regular season with a record of 7-4 (5-2 in Big 8 play), the Sooners were invited to play in the Bluebonnet Bowl, where they tied the Alabama Crimson Tide, 24-24.

Following the season, John Watson was selected in the seventh round of the 1971 NFL Draft, and Steve Casteel was chosen in the 10th.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 at SMU* #20 Cotton BowlDallas, TX W 28–11   51,909[1]
September 19 Wisconsin* #18 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 21–7   58,100[1]
September 26 Oregon State* #14 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK L 14–23   54,700[1]
October 17 at #2 Texas* Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Shootout) ABC L 9–41   71,938[1]
October 17 at #13 Colorado Folsom FieldBoulder, CO W 23–15   47,700[1]
October 24 Kansas State Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK L 14–19   60,800[1]
October 31 at Iowa State Clyde Williams FieldAmes, IA W 29–28   26,672[1]
November 7 Missouri Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 28–13   54,750[1]
November 14 at Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS W 28–24   36,820[1]
November 21 at #3 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry) L 21–28   67,392[1]
November 28 Oklahoma State Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Bedlam Series) W 66–6   60,300[1]
December 31 Alabama Houston, TX (Bluebonnet Bowl) T 24–24   53,822[1]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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1971 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
John Watson Guard 7 179 San Francisco 49ers
Steve Casteel Linebacker 10 248 Cleveland Browns

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