University of Oklahoma Sooners Football

Capital One Orange Bowl - Clemson v Oklahoma
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History:

One of the most honored programs in NCAA football, the Oklahoma Sooners have won 7 National Championships, 45 Conference Championships, have had 49 bowl appearances and 154 All-Americans. Legendary coaches Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer and now Bob Stoops make up a fraternity of excellence over several decades of NCAA play. OU has played football since 1895 and has won 10 or more games more than any other team in NCAA history.

Location:

The Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman ranks as the 15th largest on-campus facility in the NCAA. Official capacity is noted at 82,112, and the stadium features 63 suites, lounge and concessions.

Tickets:

Tickets for OU home football games are not easy to come by. Season tickets are typically sold out long in advance but are available by waiting list (call (800) 456-GoOU) or for donors (call (405) 325-8000). Single game tickets are available for some dates and are typically priced between $70-90. Call (800) 456-GoOU for details or buy online.

Primary Coach Staff:

Head Coach: Lincoln Riley - since 2017, former Offensive Coordinator  
Assistant Head Coach: Ruffin McNeill - since 2017
Defensive Coordinator: Mike Stoops - since 2011
Co-Offensive Coordinator: Cale Gundy - on staff since 1999
Co-Offensive Coordinator: Bill Bedenbaugh - on staff since 2013

2017 Schedule:

* = Home Game
Sat, 9/2 *UTEP
Sat, 9/9 Ohio State
Sat, 9/16 *Tulane
Sat, 9/23 Baylor
Sat, 10/7 *Iowa State
Sat, 10/14 Texas (in Dallas)
Sat, 10/21 Kansas State
Sat, 10/28 *Texas Tech
Sat, 11/4 Oklahoma State: the Bedlam Series
Sat, 11/11 *TCU
Sat, 11/18 Kansas
Sat, 11/25 *West Virginia

2017 Outlook:

A rough start to 2016 faded into an excellent season as the Sooners rolled undefeated through Big 12 play, captured another conference title and handled Auburn to close it out.  Quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook were Heisman finalists, and the defense seemed to improve late in the year.  It could have been a return to the College Football Playoff if not for an early season upset loss to Houston and a loss at home to Ohio State.  In 2017, Oklahoma will get a chance to avenge that loss to the Buckeyes, as the team travels to Columbus in week 3.  The good news is that Baker Mayfield and a host of defensive players return.  Plus, the experienced offensive line may be the best in college football.  The bad news, however, is that OU must replace some of the best playmakers it has had in some time.  Gone to the NFL are running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine, as well as the aforementioned Westbrook.  The Sooners will need to identify replacements and hope for similar star play from guys such as Rodney Anderson or Abdul Adams at running back and Mark Andrews or Jeffrey Mead at wide receiver.  Look for an impact from newcomers such as Kentucky transfer wideout Jeff Badet and junior college transfer receiver Marquise Brown.

 Speaking of newcomers, the biggest story of the offseason was, of course, the surprise retirement of Head Coach Bob Stoops.  So much will hinge in 2017 on the transition of Lincoln Riley from Offensive Coordinator to his new spot as head man.  As noted, the Ohio State game will be a big test, and Oklahoma must go on the road to both Kansas State and Oklahoma State.