List of Oklahoma Sooners football seasons

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The undefeated Sooners team of 1915
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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 598 wins and a winning percentage of .764 since the end of World War II, leading the nation in both stats.[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, the Big 12 conference, a combination of the Big Eight Conference and four Texas schools of the Southwest Conference.[11] Since becoming head coach, 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]

National Champions Conference Champions * Bowl game berth ^ Shared standing T
Season Head coach
[7]
Conference Season results
[10][13][12][14][15][16]
Bowl result
[17][18]
Final ranking
Conference finish Division finish
[A 1]
Wins Losses Ties Associated Press Poll
[A 2]
Coaches' Poll
[A 3]
Oklahoma Sooners
1895 John A. Harts Independent 0 1 0 N/A N/A
1896 No coach Independent 2 0 0 N/A N/A
1897 Vernon L. Parrington Independent 2 0 0 N/A N/A
1898 Independent 2 0 0 N/A N/A
1899 Independent 2 1 0 N/A N/A
1900 Independent 3 1 1 N/A N/A
1901 Fred Roberts Independent 3 2 0 N/A N/A
1902 Mark McMahon Independent 6 3 0 N/A N/A
1903 Independent 5 4 3 N/A N/A
1904 Fred Ewing Independent 4 3 1 N/A N/A
1905 Bennie Owen Independent 7 2 0 N/A N/A
1906 Independent 5 2 2 N/A N/A
1907 Independent 4 4 0 N/A N/A
1908 Independent 8 1 1 N/A N/A
1909 Independent 6 4 0 N/A N/A
1910 Independent 4 2 1 N/A N/A
1911 Independent 8 0 0 N/A N/A
1912 Independent 5 4 0 N/A N/A
1913 Independent 6 2 0 N/A N/A
1914 Independent 9 1 1 N/A N/A
1915 * Southwest Conference T–1st 10 0 0 N/A N/A
1916 Southwest Conference T–3rd 6 5 0 N/A N/A
1917 Southwest Conference 3rd 6 4 1 N/A N/A
1918 * Southwest Conference 1st 6 0 0 N/A N/A
1919 Southwest Conference 3rd 5 2 3 N/A N/A
1920 * MVIAA 1st 6 0 1 N/A N/A
1921 MVIAA T–7th 5 3 0 N/A N/A
1922 MVIAA 6th 2 3 3 N/A N/A
1923 MVIAA 6th 3 5 0 N/A N/A
1924 MVIAA 6th 2 5 1 N/A N/A
1925 MVIAA 5th 4 3 1 N/A N/A
1926 MVIAA 5th 5 2 1 N/A N/A
1927 Adrian Lindsey MVIAA T–7th 3 3 2 N/A N/A
1928 MVIAA T–2nd 5 3 0 N/A N/A
1929 Big Six Conference 4th 3 3 2 N/A N/A
1930 Big Six Conference 2nd 4 3 1 N/A N/A
1931 Big Six Conference T–5th 4 7 1 N/A N/A
1932 Lewie Hardage Big Six Conference T–2nd 4 4 1 N/A N/A
1933 Big Six Conference 3rd 4 4 1 N/A N/A
1934 Big Six Conference 3rd 3 4 2 N/A N/A
1935 Lawrence Jones Big Six Conference 2nd 6 3 0 N/A N/A
1936 Big Six Conference 4th 3 3 3 N/A
1937 Tom Stidham Big Six Conference 2nd 5 2 2 N/A
1938 * Big Six Conference 1st 10 1 0 Lost Orange Bowl to Tennessee Volunteers, 17–0 ^ 4 N/A
1939 Big Six Conference 3rd 6 2 1 19 N/A
1940 Big Six Conference 2nd 6 3 0 N/A
1941 Dewey Luster Big Six Conference T–2nd 6 3 0 N/A
1942 Big Six Conference 2nd 3 5 2 N/A
1943 * Big Six Conference 1st 7 2 0 N/A
1944 * Big Six Conference 1st 6 3 1 N/A
1945 Big Six Conference 2nd 5 5 0 N/A
1946 * Jim Tatum Big Six Conference T–1st 8 3 0 Won Gator Bowl against N.C. State Wolfpack 34–13 ^ 14 N/A
1947 * Bud Wilkinson Big Six Conference T–1st 7 2 1 16 N/A
1948 * Big Seven Conference 1st 10 1 0 Won Sugar Bowl against North Carolina Tar Heels, 14–6 ^ 5 N/A
1949 Big Seven Conference 1st 11 0 0 Won Sugar Bowl against LSU Tigers, 35–0 ^ 2 N/A
1950 †* Big Seven Conference 1st 10 1 0 Lost Sugar Bowl to Kentucky Wildcats, 13–7 ^ 1 1
1951 * Big Seven Conference 1st 8 2 0 10 11
1952 * Big Seven Conference 1st 8 1 1 4 4
1953 * Big Seven Conference 1st 9 1 1 Won Orange Bowl against Maryland Terrapins, 7–0 ^ 4 5
1954 * Big Seven Conference 1st 10 0 0 3 3
1955 †* Big Seven Conference 1st 11 0 0 Won Orange Bowl against Maryland Terrapins, 20–6 ^ 1 1
1956 †* Big Seven Conference 1st 10 0 0 1 1
1957 * Big Seven Conference 1st 10 1 0 Won Orange Bowl against Duke Blue Devils, 48–21 ^ 4 4
1958 * Big Seven Conference 1st 10 1 0 Won Orange Bowl against Syracuse Orange, 21–6 ^ 5 5
1959 * Big Eight Conference 1st 7 3 0 15 17
1960 Big Eight Conference 5th 3 6 1 Ineligible [22]
1961 Big Eight Conference 4th 5 5 0
1962 * Big Eight Conference 1st 8 3 0 Lost Orange Bowl to Alabama Crimson Tide, 17–0 ^ 8 7
1963 Big Eight Conference 2nd 8 2 0 9 8
1964 Gomer Jones Big Eight Conference 2nd 6 4 1 Lost Gator Bowl to Florida State Seminoles, 36–19 ^
1965 Big Eight Conference 5th 3 7 0
1966 Jim Mackenzie Big Eight Conference 5th 6 4 0
1967 * Chuck Fairbanks Big Eight Conference 1st 10 1 0 Won Orange Bowl against Tennessee Volunteers, 26–24 ^ 3 3
1968 * Big Eight Conference T–1st 7 4 0 Lost Bluebonnet Bowl to SMU Mustangs, 28–27 ^ 11 10
1969 Big Eight Conference 4th 6 4 0
1970 Big Eight Conference T–2nd 7 4 1 Tied Bluebonnet Bowl to Alabama Crimson Tide, 24–24 ^ 20 15
1971 Big Eight Conference 2nd 11 1 0 Won Sugar Bowl against Auburn Tigers, 40–22 ^ 2 3
1972 * Big Eight Conference T–1st 8 4 0 Won Sugar Bowl against Penn State Nittany Lions, 14–0 ^ 2 2
1973 * Barry Switzer Big Eight Conference 1st 10 0 1 Ineligible[23] 3 2
1974 †* Big Eight Conference 1st 11 0 0 Ineligible[24] 1 Ineligible[23]
1975 †* Big Eight Conference T–1st 11 1 0 Won Orange Bowl against Michigan Wolverines, 14–6 ^ 1 1
1976 * Big Eight Conference T–1st 9 2 1 Won Fiesta Bowl against Wyoming, 41–7 ^ 5 6
1977 * Big Eight Conference 1st 10 2 0 Lost Orange Bowl to Arkansas Razorbacks, 31–6 ^ 7 6
1978 * Big Eight Conference T–1st 11 1 0 Won Orange Bowl against Nebraska Cornhuskers, 31–24 ^ 3 3
1979 * Big Eight Conference 1st 11 1 0 Won Orange Bowl against Florida State Seminoles, 24–7 ^ 3 3
1980 * Big Eight Conference 1st 10 2 0 Won Orange Bowl against Florida State Seminoles, 18–17 ^ 3 3
1981 Big Eight Conference 2nd 7 4 1 Won Sun Bowl against Houston Cougars, 40–14 ^ 20 14
1982 Big Eight Conference T–2nd 8 4 0 Lost Fiesta Bowl to Arizona State Sun Devils, 32–21 ^ 16 16
1983 Big Eight Conference 2nd 8 4 0
1984 * Big Eight Conference T–1st 9 2 1 Lost Orange Bowl to Washington Huskies, 28–17 ^ 6 6
1985 †* Big Eight Conference 1st 11 1 0 Won Orange Bowl against Penn State Nittany Lions, 25–10 ^ 1 1
1986 * Big Eight Conference 1st 11 1 0 Won Orange Bowl against Arkansas Razorbacks, 42–8 ^ 3 3
1987 * Big Eight Conference 1st 11 1 0 Lost Orange Bowl to Miami Hurricanes, 20–14 ^ 3 3
1988 Big Eight Conference 2nd 9 3 0 Lost Citrus Bowl to Clemson Tigers, 13–6 ^ 14 14
1989 Gary Gibbs Big Eight Conference 3rd 7 4 0 Ineligible[25]
1990 Big Eight Conference T–2nd 8 3 0 Ineligible[25] 17
1991 Big Eight Conference 3rd 9 3 0 Won Gator Bowl against Virginia Cavaliers, 48–14 ^ 16 14
1992 Big Eight Conference 4th 5 4 2
1993 Big Eight Conference 4th 9 3 0 Won John Hancock Bowl against Texas Tech Red Raiders, 41–10 ^ 17 14
1994 Big Eight Conference 4th 6 6 0 Lost Copper Bowl to BYU Cougars, 31–6 ^
1995 Howard Schnellenberger Big Eight Conference T–5th 5 5 1
1996 John Blake Big 12 Conference 4th 3 8 [A 4]
1997 Big 12 Conference 4th 4 8
1998 Big 12 Conference 4th 5 6
1999 Bob Stoops Big 12 Conference 2nd 7 5 Lost Independence Bowl to Ole Miss Rebels, 27–25 ^
2000 †* Big 12 Conference 1st [1] 1st 13 0 Won Orange Bowl against Florida State Seminoles, 13–2 ^ 1 1
2001 Big 12 Conference 2nd 11 2 Won Cotton Bowl Classic against Arkansas Razorbacks, 10–3 ^ 6 6
2002 * Big 12 Conference 1st [2] T–1st 12 2 Won Rose Bowl against Washington State Cougars, 34–14 ^ 5 5
2003 Big 12 Conference 2nd [3] 1st 12 2 Lost Sugar Bowl to LSU Tigers, 21–14 ^ 3 3
2004 * Big 12 Conference 1st [4] 1st 12 1 Lost Orange Bowl to USC Trojans, 55–19 ^ 3 3
2005 Big 12 Conference 2nd 8 4 Won Holiday Bowl against Oregon Ducks, 17–14 ^ 22 22
2006 * Big 12 Conference 1st [5] 1st 11 3 Lost Fiesta Bowl to Boise State Broncos, 43–42 (OT) ^ 11 11
2007 * Big 12 Conference 1st [6] 1st 11 3 Lost Fiesta Bowl to West Virginia Mountaineers, 48–28 ^ 8 8
2008 * Big 12 Conference 1st [7] T–1st
[A 5]
12 2 Lost BCS Championship Game to Florida Gators, 24–14 ^ 5 5
2009 Big 12 Conference 4th 8 5 Won Sun Bowl against Stanford Cardinal, 31–27 ^
2010 * Big 12 Conference 1st 1st 12 2 Won Fiesta Bowl against UConn Huskies, 48-20 ^ 6 6
2011 Big 12 Conference T–3rd 10 3 Won Insight Bowl against Iowa Hawkeyes, 31-14 ^ 16 15
2012 * Big 12 Conference T-1st 10 3 Lost Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M Aggies, 41-13 ^ 15 15
2013 Big 12 Conference T-2nd 11 2 Won Sugar Bowl against Alabama Crimson Tide, 45-31 ^ 6 6
2014 Big 12 Conference T-4th 8 4 Athletic Bowl against Clemson Tigers,
Total 805 292 52 (only includes regular season games)
28 18 1 (only includes bowl games; 45 appearances)
842 312 53 (all games)

Conference championship game results[edit]

Year Opponent W/L Score Stadium Location
2000 Kansas State Wildcats W 27–24 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Missouri
2002 Colorado Buffaloes W 29–7 Reliant Stadium Houston, Texas
2003 Kansas State Wildcats L 7–35 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Missouri
2004 Colorado Buffaloes W 42–3 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Missouri
2006 Nebraska Cornhuskers W 21–7 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Missouri
2007 Missouri Tigers W 38–17 Alamodome San Antonio, Texas
2008 Missouri Tigers W 62–21 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Missouri
2010 Nebraska Cornhuskers W 23-20 Cowboys Stadium Arlington, Texas

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Big 12 Conference introduced divisional play in its first year in 1997; the divisional winners advance to the Big 12 Championship Game to determine the conference champion.[19]
  2. ^ The Associated Press began conducting a weekly college football poll in 1936.[20]
  3. ^ The college football coaches' poll has been sponsored by multiple organizations since its creation in 1950. Its current sponsor is USA Today.[21]
  4. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[26]
  5. ^ Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech all finished the season with identical 7–1 conference records, creating a three-way-tie for the South division championship. Under Big 12 tiebreaker rules, ties are normally broken by head-to-head matchups but this case was unique as Texas beat Oklahoma 45–35, Oklahoma beat Texas Tech 65–21, and Texas Tech beat Texas 39–33 which made breaking the three-way tie impossible using head-to-head games. According to Big 12 rules, the fifth tie-breaker dictated that the team with the highest BCS Ranking, released on November 30 the of that year would represent the South Division in the championship game. Coaches, journalists and computer rankings, which are the major components of the BCS ranking formula decided the division representative. During the final week of the Big 12 regular season, Oklahoma defeated a ranked Oklahoma State team and Texas defeated an unranked Texas A&M team delivering a higher computer rating to Oklahoma and influencing BCS voters.[27][28]

References[edit]

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