Alright! Alright! I know the supporters for several other elite teams/rivalries (Ohio St Vs. Michigan, Alabama vs. Auburn, Notre Dame vs. USC, etc…)will be hotly contesting my bold claim, but watch the video, review the facts and then make you own judgment. I admit to being biased as I grew up watching this rivalry as a Sooner fan, who relished every snap, every run, every kick and every pass that took place in this incredible rivalry.
Between the two they hold the following titles, awards, coaches, games and players:
National Titles: 12 – OU (7), NU (5)
Conference Titles: 87, OU (44), NU (43)
Coaches: Bud Wilkinson, Bob Delaney, Barry Switzer, Tom Osborne, Bob Stoops, Bo Pelini, Chuck Fairbanks, Kevin Sumlin, Mack Brown, Galen Hall, E.O. Stiehm, Frank Solich and more…
Heisman Trophy Winners: NU (Johnny Rodgers -1972, Mike Rozier -1983 and Eric Crouch – 2001) – OU (Billy Vessels – 1952, Steve Owens – 1969, Billy Sims – 1978, Jason White – 2003, Sam Bradford – 2008)
All-Americans: 247 (128 Consensus) – NU 94 (53 Consensus), OU 153 (75 Consensus)
Walter Camp Trophy: OU (4), NU (3)
Maxwell Award: OU (2), NU (1)
Nagurski Award: OU (2), NU (1)
Lombardi Award: OU (3), NU (5)
Outland Trophy: OU (5), NU (9)
Thorpe Award: OU (3), NU (0)
Butkus Award: OU (4), NU (1)
O’Brien Award: OU (4), NU (1)
Unitas Award: OU (1), NU (1)
Game of the Century I in 1971: No. 1 NU vs. No.2 OU, which Nebraska won 35-31. Many say this is the most important college game ever played.
Game of the Century II in 1987: No. 1 NU at No. 2 OU, which Oklahoma won 17-7.
Game of the Century III in 2000: No. 1 NU at No. 2 OU, which Oklahoma won 31-14.
Longest Winning Streaks: Nebraska had a 28-game unbeaten streak – Oklahoma had a 47-game winning streak (No. 1 in the NCAA)
Bowl Appearances: OU (46 – No. 7 nationally), NU (47 – No. 6 nationally)
Bowl Victories: OU (27 – No. 3 nationally), NU (24 – No. 6 nationally)
Winningest College Team In The Modern Era: Oklahoma
Winningest College Team In The last 50 years: Nebraska
All-Time Winning Percentage: OU (.7182 – No. 4 nationally), NU (.7014 – No. 9 nationally)
So, how do feel about my claim now. Many Sooner fans would probably lean towards the OU vs. Texas rivalry, but not me. The tradition, national relevance and history of this incredible rivalry are second to none in my mind and those of many other college football fans.
What do you think of this rivalry? Is it the top rivalry ever? Let me know!
Numerous former OU players have now come out and stated publicly their happiness that former OU baseball coach Sonny Golloway has left for Auburn. They claim he was two-faced, crooked and alienated former players and standouts from being involved with the program. Golloway has retorted with disappointment, but doesn’t specifically dispute any of their claims.
The surprising thing about this controversy is that it is not just players and former players from Golloway’s tenure at OU, but it is many former players from previous eras that have bad things to say about Golloway.
The silence from the administration in regards to these issues speak volumes, as it is becoming more obvious by the day that Coach Golloway leaving Norman is the best things for all involved. It also goes a long way to explaining why Golloway would leave a prestigious baseball program for less successful Auburn.
What do you think about Coach Golloway sudden departure?
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Truth #1 - In the storied 1974 season , The University of Oklahoma won it’s 26th conference title and fourth national championship.
Truth #2 - On October 12thth, 1974, Oklahoma perfect season was almost snapped bin the Red river rivalry as Texas was leading 13-7 in the 4th quarter. OU won 16-13.
Truth #3 - OU dominated the college football landscape in 1974. They led the nation in scoring offensively and the defense allowed only one opponent within 14 points, as four failed to score even a touchdown.
Myth - OU was on probation and not officially ranked #1 at the end of the season. Not true. even though OU was on probation and not ranked by the Coach’s Poll, they were ranked pre-season #1 by the AP Poll and finished as the national champions according to the AP Poll, which is what the NCAA officially recognizes.
Photo by Jim Argo for The Oklahoman
Three Truths and One Lie:
Truth #1 - In 1975, The University of Oklahoma won it’s 27th conference title and fifth national championship.
Truth #2 - On November 8th, 1975, Oklahoma’s 28-game winning streak was snapped by a shocking home loss to the Kansas Jayhawks in Norman..
Truth #3 - With bowl losses by #1 Ohio State and #2 Texas A&M, Barry Switzer’s claimed his second national title as Head Coach of the Sooners.
Myth - OU has officially earned up to 23 national football titles. The University of Oklahoma only claims the seven awarded by the Associated press. There were numerous other national titles awarded by other sources, but only the AP titles are officially recognized.
Only 76 more days until the Oklahoma Sooners kickoff against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.
Three Truths and One Lie:
Truth #1 - #76 Offensive Lineman Branndon Braxton (2005-2008) went undrafted in 2009, but was picked up by the Cleveland Browns. He was later cut and now plays for the Las Vegas Locomotives in the UFL.
Truth #2 - On October 6th, 1976, #3 Oklahoma played #16 Texas to a 6-6 tie, in front of 72,032 people.
Truth #3 - The 1976 Oklahoma Sooners had a 9-2-1 overall record and a 5-2 Big Eight conference record and beat Wyoming in the Fiesta Bowl. They earned a share of the Big8 Conference title.
Myth - According to Bob Stoops the “SEC’s Myth Trumps Its Reality”, as he points out the SEC bottom six are not doing anything special and the conference as a whole hasn’t created a huge gap when compared to the other major conference. Nick Saban and Will Muschamp both fired back at Bob, but he made his point none the less.
Photographed by: Soonersports.com
Only 77 more days until the Oklahoma Sooners kickoff against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.
Three Truths and One Lie:
Truth #1 - On November 8th, 2003, the Sooners crushed the Texas A&M Aggies in Norman, Oklahoma 77-0.
Truth #2 - On October 3rd, 1977, OU’s Billy Sims made the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Truth #3 - The 1977 Oklahoma Sooners had a 10–2 overall record and a 7–0 Big Eight conference record and played in the Orange Bowl. This was Switzer’s third undefeated season out of five as head coach in 1977.
Myth - OU has always been named The University of Oklahoma. Actually it was originally named the Norman Territorial University upon it’s inception in 1890. It was later changed to the University of Oklahoma in 1907, upon Oklahoma’s granting of statehood.
Photographed by: Rich Clarkson, Sports Illustrated