Saturday marks the start of the Oklahoma football season as the #8 Oklahoma Sooners take on the Mean Green of the University of North Texas at 7pm eastern on Fox Sports.
Now, the Mean Green may not be much of a test for OU, but there's still a lot to learn about this year's Sooner team. Most importantly, it will be interesting how the new starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, will do.
I CAN NOT wait for 7pm Saturday night! It's a little weird living in New York state and being in an area where college football just doesn't seem to be important in the general culture as it was in the South where I grew up. I mention football to someone and all I normally get is a blank stare...WTF?
Anyway, in honor of Saturday's kick off here's some history and great videos for your (and my) enjoyment!
The #1 Program of the modern era:
Oklahoma is the winningest program in what is widely considered the modern era of college football. OU has the most victories and best winning percentage of any team since the end of World War II. The Sooners have earned seven AP National Championships in that span and are recognized by the NCAA for 16 titles (source). OU has spent more weeks ranked in the top five (342) of the poll than any other team and is tied with Notre Dame for most weeks ranked No. 1 (95). The AP poll began in 1936.
1. Oklahoma: 524
2. Alabama: 492
Winning Percentage, 1946-2006:
1. Oklahoma: .761 (524-160-13)
2. Ohio State: .743 (484-160-20)
Weeks Ranked Top 5 in AP Poll:
1. Oklahoma: 341
2. Nebraska: 294
Weeks Ranked #1 in AP Poll:
1 tie. Oklahoma & Notre Dame: 95
3. Ohio State: 88
1985 - 1975 - 1974
1956 - 1055 - 1950
And finally, two great highlight videos (first is a general highlight, the second video is a highlight video from the 2000 National Championship season and gives me goosebumps every time I watch it!