List of Oklahoma Sooners football seasons

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Sixteen young men in American football uniform, and two older men in jackets, sitting in three rows.
The undefeated Sooners team of 1915
Football players run onto a football field in two rows under a crimson banner.
The Sooners enter the field for a game during the 2007 season.

The Oklahoma Sooners college football team competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing the University of Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference. The Sooners have played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma since 1923.[1]

The Sooners claim seven national championships. They have also recorded 44 total conference championships, twelve undefeated, untied seasons and the longest winning streak in Division I FBS history with 47 straight victories.[2] The Oklahoma football program is one of the most successful programs in history, with 587 wins and a winning percentage of .763 since the end of World War II, leading the nation.[3][4] Their total of 842 wins ranks sixth all-time in FBS history, and their all-time winning percentange of .720 ranks third among all teams with at least 600 games played.[5]

Football was introduced to the university by John A. Harts in 1895. Harts was a student from Kansas who had played the game in his home state.[6] The university had its first paid coach in Vernon L. Parrington, who led the Sooners to a record of nine wins, one loss, and two ties over four seasons. Bennie Owen brought Oklahoma to the national stage during his 22-year tenure as head coach. He retired with a 122–54–16 record, including four seasons in which the team went unbeaten.[7] During Owen's tenure, Oklahoma became a charter member of the Southwest Conference, in which they remained for five years before leaving to join the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association.[8] The MVIAA conference would later transform into the Big Six, Big Seven, and finally the Big Eight Conference.

In 1947, Oklahoma promoted Bud Wilkinson, then an assistant coach, to head coach.[9] Wilkinson led the Sooners to national championships in 1950, 1955, and 1956, as well as a stretch of 47 consecutive victories that began in 1953 and ended in 1957. Wilkinson's tenure included a streak of 13 consecutive conference championships (in addition to one by his predecessor). Oklahoma continued to perform well after Wilkinson left, but only returned to the national title picture following the hiring of Barry Switzer in 1973. Switzer began similarly to Wilkinson, with eight consecutive conference championships in addition to national championships in 1974 and 1975. Switzer added Oklahoma's sixth national championship in 1985.[10]

After a decline that lasted more than a decade, Oklahoma again won the national championship in 2000, after coach Bob Stoops had been hired the previous year. By then Oklahoma had joined a new conference that combined the Big Eight Conference and four Texas schools of the Southwest Conference.[11] Stoops has won eight conference championships, while no other team in the Big 12 has more than three.[12] Through the 2013 season, Oklahoma has compiled an overall record of 842 wins, 312 losses, and 53 ties. The Sooners have won 44 conference championships and have appeared in 47 bowl games, most recently in the 2014 Sugar Bowl.[13]

Seasons[edit]

Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Independent (1895–1914)
1895 John A. Harts 0–1
1896 No coach 2–0
1897 Vernon L. Parrington 2–0
1898 Vernon L. Parrington 2–0
1899 Vernon L. Parrington 2–1
1900 Vernon L. Parrington 3–1–1
1901 Fred Roberts 3–2
1902 Mark McMahon 6–3
1903 Mark McMahon 5–4–3
1904 Fred Ewing 4–3–1
1905 Bennie Owen 7–2
1906 Bennie Owen 5–2–2
1907 Bennie Owen 4–4
1908 Bennie Owen 8–1–1
1909 Bennie Owen 6–4
1910 Bennie Owen 4–2–1
1911 Bennie Owen 8–0
1912 Bennie Owen 5–4
1913 Bennie Owen 6–2
1914 Bennie Owen 9–1–1
Southwest Conference (1915–1919)
1915 Bennie Owen 10–0 3-0 T-1st
1916 Bennie Owen 6–5 2-1 T-3rd
1917 Bennie Owen 6–4–1 1-1-1 T-3rd
1918 Bennie Owen 6–0 2-0 T-1st
1919 Bennie Owen 5–2–3 2-1 3rd
Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1920–1928)
1920 Bennie Owen 6–0–1 4-0-1 1st
1921 Bennie Owen 5–3 2-3 T-7th
1922 Bennie Owen 2–3–3 1-2-2 5th
1923 Bennie Owen 3–5 2-4 T-6th
1924 Bennie Owen 2–5–1 2-3-1 6th
1925 Bennie Owen 4–3–1 3-3-1 T-5th
1926 Bennie Owen 5–2–1 3-2-1 5th
1927 Adrian Lindsay 3–3–2 2-3 T-7th
1928 Adrian Lindsay 5–3 3-2 T-2nd
Big Six Conference (1929–1947)
1929 Adrian Lindsay 3–3–2 2-2-1 4th
1930 Adrian Lindsay 4–3–1 3-1-1 2nd
1931 Adrian Lindsay 4–7–1 1-4 T-5th
1932 Lewie Hardage 4–4–1 3-2 T-2nd
1933 Lewie Hardage 4–4–1 3-2 3rd
1934 Lewie Hardage 3–4–2 2-2-1 3rd
1935 Biff Jones 6–3 3-2 2nd
1936 Biff Jones 3–3–3 1-2-2 4th
1937 Tom Stidham 5–2–2 3-1-1 2nd
1938 Tom Stidham 10–1 5-0 1st W Orange 4
1939 Tom Stidham 6–2–1 3-2 3rd 19
1940 Tom Stidham 6–3 4-1 2nd
1941 Dewey Luster 6–3 3-2 T-2nd
1942 Dewey Luster 3–5–2 3-1-1 2nd
1943 Dewey Luster 7–2 5-0 1st
1944 Dewey Luster 6–3–1 4-0-1 1st
1945 Dewey Luster 5–5 4-1 2nd
1946 Jim Tatum 8–3 4-1 T-1st W Gator 14
1947 Bud Wilkinson 7–2–1 4-0-1 T-1st 16
Big Seven Conference (1948–1958)
1948 Bud Wilkinson 10–1 5-0 1st W Sugar 5
1949 Bud Wilkinson 11–0 5-0 1st W Sugar 2
1950 Bud Wilkinson 10–1 6-0 1st L Sugar 1 1
1951 Bud Wilkinson 8–2 6-0 1st 11 10
1952 Bud Wilkinson 8–1–1 5-0-1 1st 4 4
1953 Bud Wilkinson 9–1–1 6-0 1st W Orange 5 4
1954 Bud Wilkinson 10–0 6-0 1st 3 3
1955 Bud Wilkinson 11–0 6-0 1st W Orange 1 1
1956 Bud Wilkinson 10–0 6-0 1st 1 1
1957 Bud Wilkinson 10–1 6-0 1st W Orange 4 4
1958 Bud Wilkinson 10–1 6-0 1st W Orange 5 5
Big Eight Conference (1959–1995)
1959 Bud Wilkinson 7–3 6-1 1st 17 15
1960 Bud Wilkinson 3–6–1 2-4-1 5th
1961 Bud Wilkinson 5–5 4-3 4th
1962 Bud Wilkinson 8–3 7-0 1st L Orange 7 8
1963 Bud Wilkinson 8–2 6-1 2nd 8 9
1964 Gomer Jones 6–4–1 5-1-1 2nd L Gator
1965 Gomer Jones 3–7 3-4 5th
1966 Jim Mackenzie 6–4 4-3 5th
1967 Chuck Fairbanks 10–1 7-0 1st L Orange 3 3
1968 Chuck Fairbanks 7–4 6-1 T-1st W Bluebonnet 10 11
1969 Chuck Fairbanks 6–4 4-3 4th
1970 Chuck Fairbanks 7–4–1 5-2 T-2nd T Bluebonnet 15 20
1971 Chuck Fairbanks 11–1 6-1 2nd W Sugar 3 2
1972 Chuck Fairbanks 11-1 6-1 1st W Sugar 2 2
1973 Barry Switzer 10–0–1 7-0 1st 2 3
1974 Barry Switzer 11–0 7-0 1st 1
1975 Barry Switzer 11–1 6-1 T-1st W Orange 1 1
1976 Barry Switzer 9–2–1 5-2 T-1st W Fiesta 6 5
1977 Barry Switzer 10–2 7-0 1st L Orange 6 7
1978 Barry Switzer 11–1 6-1 T-1st W Orange 3 3
1979 Barry Switzer 11–1 7-0 1st W Orange 3 3
1980 Barry Switzer 10–2 7-0 1st W Orange 3 3
1981 Barry Switzer 7–4–1 4-2-1 2nd W Sun 14 20
1982 Barry Switzer 8–4 6-1 T-2nd L Fiesta 16 16
1983 Barry Switzer 8–4 5-2 T-2nd
1984 Barry Switzer 9–2–1 6-1 T-1st L Orange 6 6
1985 Barry Switzer 11–1 7-0 1st W Orange 1 1
1986 Barry Switzer 11–1 7-0 1st W Orange 3 3
1987 Barry Switzer 11–1 7-0 1st L Orange 3 3
1988 Barry Switzer 9–3 6-1 2nd L Citrus 14 14
1989 Gary Gibbs 7–4 5-2 3rd
1990 Gary Gibbs 8–3 5-2 T-2nd
1991 Gary Gibbs 9–3 5-2 3rd W Gator 14 16
1992 Gary Gibbs 5–4–2 3-2-2 T-3rd
1993 Gary Gibbs 9–3 4-3 4th W John Hancock 14 17
1994 Gary Gibbs 6–6 4-3 4th L Copper
1995 Howard Schnellenberger 5–5–1 2-5 T-5th
Big 12 Conference (1996–present)
1996 John Blake 3–8 3-5 4th (South)
1997 John Blake 4–8 2-6 T-4th (South)
1998 John Blake 5–6 3-5 T-4th (South)
1999 Bob Stoops 7–5 5-3 T-2nd (South) L Independence
2000 Bob Stoops 13–0 8-0 1st (South) W Orange 1 1
2001 Bob Stoops 11–2 6-2 2nd (South) W Cotton 6 6
2002 Bob Stoops 12–2 6-2 T-1st (South) W Rose 5 5
2003 Bob Stoops 12–2 8-0 1st (South) L Sugar 3 3
2004 Bob Stoops 12–1 8-0 1st (South) L Orange 3 3
2005 Bob Stoops 8–4 6-2 2nd (South) W Holiday 22 22
2006 Bob Stoops 11–3 7-1 1st (South) L Fiesta 11 11
2007 Bob Stoops 11–3 6-2 1st (South) L Fiesta 8 8
2008 Bob Stoops 12–2 7-1 T-1st (South) L BCS National Championship Game 5 5
2009 Bob Stoops 8–5 5-3 T-3rd (South) W Sun
2010 Bob Stoops 12–2 6-2 T-1st (South) W Fiesta 6 6
2011 Bob Stoops 10–3 6-3 T-3rd W Insight 15 16
2012 Bob Stoops 10–3 8-1 T-1st L Cotton 15 15
2013 Bob Stoops 11-2 7-2 T-2nd W Sugar 6 6
Total: 842–312–53
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.


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