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: Bob Stoops - since 1999
Associate Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator: Mike Stoops - since 2011
Assistant Head Coach: Cale Gundy - on staff since 1999
Co-Offensive Coordinator: Lincoln Riley - since 2015

2016 Schedule:


* = Home Game
Sat, 9/3 Houston (at NRG Stadium)
Sat, 9/10 *ULM
Sat, 9/17 *Ohio State
Sat, 10/1 TCU
Sat, 10/8 Texas (in Dallas)
Sat, 10/15 *Kansas State
Sat, 10/22 Texas Tech
Sat, 10/29 *Kansas
Sat, 11/3 Iowa State
Sat, 11/12 *Baylor
Sat, 11/19 West Virginia
Sat, 12/3 *Oklahoma State: the Bedlam Series

2016 Outlook:

Last year, Oklahoma had a surprising and wonderful season.  Despite going into the year unsettled at quarterback and questioning experience at some defensive spots, the Sooners rolled to the College Football Playoff.  This year, the pressure with which the football team is well-accustomed returns.

 Most polls have OU in the top 3, and with the return of Baker Mayfield, a former walk-on that finished fourth in Heisman voting in 2015, expectations are high.  The offense has to adapt to losing star wide receiver Sterling Shepard, as well as a couple of interior linemen, but it should be an explosive bunch again.  There are bigger concerns on defense, though.  Gone are standout leaders such as Zack Sanchez and Eric Striker, and there is inexperience at linebacker and in the secondary.  Much will be known early.  If the Sooners can survive tough tests in Houston and at home against Ohio State, they'll once again be in the playoff discussion.