List of Oklahoma Sooners football seasons
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.
The Sooners claim seven national championships. They have also recorded 46 total conference championships, twelve undefeated, untied seasons and the longest winning streak in Division I FBS history with 47 straight victories. 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. Their total of 896 wins ranks sixth all-time in FBS history, and their all-time winning percentange of .704 ranks third among all teams with at least 600 games played.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. Since becoming head coach, Stoops has won ten conference championships, while no other team in the Big 12 has more than three. Through the 2017 season, Oklahoma has compiled an overall record of 896 wins, 324 losses, and 53 ties. The Sooners have won 46 conference championships and have appeared in 51 bowl games, most recently in the 2017 Sugar Bowl.
|National Champions †||Conference Champions *||Bowl game berth ^||Shared standing T|
|Conference finish||Division finish
|Wins||Losses||Ties||Associated Press Poll
|1895||John A. Harts||Independent||—||—||0||1||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1897||Vernon L. Parrington||Independent||—||—||2||0||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1915 *||Southwest Conference||T–1st||—||10||0||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1918 *||Southwest Conference||1st||—||6||0||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||Consecutive bowl appearances prohibited by conference||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||Consecutive bowl appearances prohibited by conference||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 ||—||—|
|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||3||2|
|1974 †*||Big Eight Conference||1st||—||11||0||0||Ineligible||1||Ineligible|
|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||—||—|
|1990||Big Eight Conference||T–2nd||—||8||3||0||Ineligible||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||—||T-4th||4||8||—||—||—||—|
|1998||Big 12 Conference||—||T-4th||5||6||—||—||—||—|
|1999||Bob Stoops||Big 12 Conference||—||T-2nd||7||5||—||Lost Independence Bowl to Ole Miss Rebels, 27–25 ^||—||—|
|2000 †*||Big 12 Conference||1st ||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 ||T–1st||12||2||—||Won Rose Bowl against Washington State Cougars, 34–14 ^||5||5|
|2003||Big 12 Conference||1st||12||2||—||Lost Sugar Bowl to LSU Tigers, 21–14 ^||3||3|
|2004 *||Big 12 Conference||1st ||1st||12||1||—||Lost Orange Bowl to USC Trojans, 55–19 ^||3||3|
|2005||Big 12 Conference||—||T-2nd||8||4||—||Won Holiday Bowl against Oregon Ducks, 17–14 ^||22||22|
|2006 *||Big 12 Conference||1st ||1st||11||3||—||Lost Fiesta Bowl to Boise State Broncos, 43–42 (OT) ^||11||11|
|2007 *||Big 12 Conference||1st ||1st||11||3||—||Lost Fiesta Bowl to West Virginia Mountaineers, 48–28 ^||8||8|
|2008 *||Big 12 Conference||1st ||T–1st||12||2||—||Lost BCS Championship Game to Florida Gators, 24–14 ^||5||5|
|2009||Big 12 Conference||—||T-3rd||8||5||—||Won Sun Bowl against Stanford Cardinal, 31–27 ^||—||—|
|2010 *||Big 12 Conference||1st||T-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||5||—||Lost Russell Athletic Bowl against Clemson Tigers, 40-6 ^||—||—|
|2015 *||Big 12 Conference||1st||—||11||2||—||Lost Orange Bowl against Clemson Tigers, 37-17 ^||5||5|
|2016 *||Big 12 Conference||1st||—||11||2||—||Won Sugar Bowl against Auburn Tigers, 35-19 ^||5||3|
|2017 *||Lincoln Riley||Big 12 Conference||1st||—||12||2||—||Lost Rose Bowl against Georgia Bulldogs, 54-48 2OT||3||3|
|Total||867||303||52||(only includes regular season games)|
|29||21||1||(only includes bowl games)|
- The Big 12 Conference introduced divisional play in its first year in 1996; the divisional winners advanced to the Big 12 Championship Game to determine the conference champion. Divisional play ceased in 2011, when the conference dropped to 10 teams.
- The Associated Press began conducting a weekly college football poll in 1936.
- The college football coaches' poll has been sponsored by multiple organizations since its creation in 1950. Its current sponsor is USA Today.
- Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.
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