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Contents: 1970 - 1971 - 1972 - 1973 - 1974 - 1975 - 1976 - 1977 - 1978 - 1979


1970Edit

1970 Oklahoma Sooners football
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
1970 record7–4–1 (5–2 Big 8)
Head coachChuck Fairbanks (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorBarry Switzer (5th season)
Offensive schemeWishbone
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 61,836)
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12* at SMU #20 Cotton BowlDallas, TX W 28–11   51,909[1]
September 19* Wisconsin #18 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 21–7   58,100[1]
September 26* Oregon State #14 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK L 14–23   54,700[1]
October 17* at #2 Texas Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Shootout) ABC L 9–41   71,938[1]
October 17 at #13 Colorado Folsom FieldBoulder, CO W 23–15   47,700[1]
October 24 Kansas State Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK L 14–19   60,800[1]
October 31 at Iowa State Clyde Williams FieldAmes, IA W 29–28   26,672[1]
November 7 Missouri Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 28–13   54,750[1]
November 14 at Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS W 28–24   36,820[1]
November 21 at #3 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry) L 21–28   67,392[1]
November 28 Oklahoma State Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Bedlam Series) W 66–6   60,300[1]
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
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Awards and honorsEdit

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
John WatsonGuard7 179 San Francisco 49ers
Steve CasteelLinebacker10 248 Cleveland Browns
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1971Edit

1971 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big 8 Champions
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
1971 record11-1 (6-1 Big 8)
Head coachChuck Fairbanks
Offensive coordinatorBarry Switzer
Offensive schemeWishbone
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 61,836)
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →

In 1971, Barry Switzer perfected the wishbone offense as it led the nation in both scoring (45 points average) and total yards (563 total yards average), and set a NCAA record by averaging over 472 rushing yards. The Sooners finished the season ranked #2, losing only once, 35-31 to eventual national champion Nebraska in the Game of the Century.

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Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Jack MildrenDefensive Back2 46 Baltimore Colts
Al QuallisLinebacker8 191 Baltimore Colts
Roy BellRunning Back9 234 Dallas Cowboys
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1972Edit

1972 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big 8 Champions
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
1972 record11-1, 8-4 (6-1, 3-4 Big 8)
Head coachChuck Fairbanks
Offensive coordinatorBarry Switzer
Offensive schemeWishbone
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 61,836)
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 16* Utah State #4 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 49–0   62,546[5]
September 23* Oregon #2 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 68–3   62,240[5]
September 30* Clemson #2 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 52–3   61,210[5]
October 14* vs. #10 Texas #2 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Rivalry) ABC W 27–0   72,032[5]
October 21 at #9 Colorado #2 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO ABC L 14–20   52,022[5]
October 28 Kansas State #8 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 52–0   61,451[5]
November 4 at #14 Iowa State #7 Clyde Williams StadiumAmes, IA W 20–6   34,941[5]
November 11 #14 Missouri #7 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe) W 17–6   62,267[5]
November 18 at Kansas #4 Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS V 31–7  (vacated) 43,500[5]
November 23 at #5 Nebraska #4 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (OU-Nebraska) ABC V 17–14  (vacated) 76,587[5]
December 2 #20 Oklahoma State #3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Bedlam Series) W 38–15   62,363[5]
December 31 vs. #5 Penn State #2 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC V 14–0  (vacated) 80,123[5]
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
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Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

1973Edit

1973 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big 8 Champions
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 3
1973 record10-0-1 (7-0-0 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 61,836)
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15* at Baylor #11 Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 42–14   41,573[7]
September 29* at #1 USC #8 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA T 7–7   83,986[7]
October 6* #17 Miami #6 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 24–20   62,040[7]
October 13* vs. #13 Texas #6 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Rivalry) ABC W 52–13   72,032[7]
October 20 #16 Colorado #3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 34–7   62,580[7]
October 27 at Kansas State #3 KSU StadiumManhattan, KS W 56–14   29,523[7]
November 3 Iowa State #3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 34–17   61,876[7]
November 10 at #10 Missouri #3 Memorial StadiumColumbia, MO (Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe) W 31–3   65,515[7]
November 17 #18 Kansas #3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 48–20   60,961[7]
November 23 #10 Nebraska #3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (OU-Nebraska) ABC W 27–0   62,257[7]
December 1 at Oklahoma State #2 Lewis FieldStillwater, OK W 45–18   50,964[7]
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.
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Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

1974Edit

1974 Oklahoma Sooners football
National Champions
Big 8 Champions
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
Ranking
APNo. 1
1974 record11-0 (7-0 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer
Offensive schemeWishbone
Base defense5-2
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 61,836)
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →

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Awards and honorsEdit

  • Joseph Washington, Running Back, Walter Camp Foundation All-America selection[9]
  • Rod Shoate, Linebacker, Walter Camp Foundation All-America selection
  • Barry Switzer, Walter Camp Coach of the Year[10]

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

1975Edit

1975 Oklahoma Sooners football
National Champions
Big 8 Champions
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1975 record12-0 (7-0 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer
Offensive schemeWishbone
Base defense5-2
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 71,187)
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →

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Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

1976Edit

1976 Oklahoma Sooners football
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 6
1976 record9-2-1 (5-2-0 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer
Offensive schemeWishbone
Base defense5-2
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 71,187)
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →

The Sooners were ranked third in the Big 8.

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1977Edit

1977 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big 8 Champions
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 6
1977 record10-2 (7-0 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer
Offensive schemeWishbone
Base defense5-2
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 71,187)
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →

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Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

1978Edit

1978 Oklahoma Sooners football
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
1978 record11-1 (6-1 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer
Offensive schemeWishbone
Base defense5-2
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 71,187)
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →

Billy Sims became the sixth junior to win the Heisman Trophy. Sims was the nation's leading rusher and scorer for 1978. He averaged 160.1 yards and 10.9 points. He set the Big Eight Conference single season rushing record of 1,762 yards on 231 carries for an average of 7.6 yards. Sims was the only back in the nation's top 50 to average 7.0 per carry, and became the first player in Big Eight history to rush for more than 300 yards in three straight games.[11]

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  • Billy Sims, consensus All-American
  • Billy Sims, Associated Press College Player of the Year
  • Billy Sims, Heisman Trophy [12]
  • Billy Sims, Sports Magazine's Player of the Year
  • Billy Sims, United Press College Player of the Year
  • Billy Sims, Walter Camp Foundation's Player of the Year[13]

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

1979Edit

1979 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big 8 Champions
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
1979 record11-1 (7-0 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer
Offensive schemeWishbone
Base defense5-2
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 71,187)
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →

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Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

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