Friday, September 19, 2008

BCS Era No. 3 -- Oklahoma

Overall Record: 102-28 (.785), 3rd
BCS Bowl Record: 2-4 (6, 3rd)
National Titles (Game Record): 1 (1-2)
Final AP Rankings: U-U-1-6-5-3-3-22-11-8 (Top 5: 4/Top 10: 6)

It took Bob Stoops just two seasons to turn the Sooners into national champions from the mess he inherited from John Blake. And his nine-year stint in Norman has been a spectacular success, with 11 or more wins in seven seasons and made six BCS bowl appearances, including three in the national title game.

But fairly or unfairly, OU’s BCS Era is mostly colored by losses in bowl games. After winning the 2000 national title, the Sooners were turned away in successive championship games in 2003 and 2004 – in the latter massacred by USC. Oklahoma’s most memorable game in the BCS Era just might be its thrilling overtime loss to Boise State in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

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