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University of Oklahoma Sooners Football

History:

One of the most honored programs in NCAA football, the Oklahoma Sooners have won 7 National Championships, 43 Conference Championships, have had 45 bowl appearances and 153 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 15 largest on-campus facility in the NCAA. Official capacity is noted at 82,112, and the stadium features 63 suites, lounge and concessions.

Get a detailed map with driving directions to the stadium.

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 $60-80. 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: Bobby Jack Wright - since 2005
Co-Offensive Coordinator: Josh Heupel - On staff since 2005
Co-Offensive Coordinator: Jay Norvell - On staff since 2008

2012 Season Recap:

Though Landry Jones will go down as one of the best quarterbacks in Oklahoma history and his resume is filled with many touchdown passes and plenty of wins, some Sooners fans are still disappointed, in part because he never led OU to the National Championship and in part because of some crucial errors. In 2012, for example, there were turnovers that led to losses against Kansas State and Notre Dame. The defense, stout early in the season, took the blame late as Oklahoma edged several teams in high-scoring shoot-outs, then lost big to Heisman-winner Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

2013 Schedule:


* = Home Game
Sat, 8/31 *Louisiana-Monroe
Sat, 9/7 *West Virginia
Sat, 9/14 *Tulsa
Sat, 9/28 Notre Dame
Sat, 10/5 *TCU
Sat, 10/12 Texas
Sat, 10/19 Kansas
Sat, 10/26 *Texas Tech
Thu, 11/7 Baylor
Sat, 11/16 *Iowa State
Sat, 11/23 Kansas State
Sat, 12/7 Oklahoma State: the Bedlam Series

2013 Outlook:

For the first time since 2007, there was a true quarterback competition at the University of Oklahoma. Along with concerns about a defensive unit that includes many new faces, this creates a great deal of uncertainty about the 2013 season. Will it be Blake Bell or Trevor Knight? If it's the latter, can Bell be an effective passer and advance beyond simply being the "Belldozer" fans have known the past couple of seasons? Or will the offense take a big step back with a fairly inexperienced signal-caller?

Then there's the defense. Solid early in 2012, exposed late, the group loses multiple impact players, including 3 out of 4 starters in the secondary. Corner Aaron Colvin returns as a leader, and it will be his task to get young players up to speed. The defensive front is thin, and there are concerns about its ability to generate consistent pressure.

Likewise, the schedule isn't exactly easy. Louisiana-Monroe might look like a cupcake to the casual fan, but it's a team that beat Arkansas in 2012 and nearly beat Baylor. Similarly, Tulsa provides a stiff non-conference challenge. Notre Dame, of course, beat OU last season and played for the National Championship. To top it all off, several of the toughest Big 12 games (Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State) are on the road.

Now for some good news... The Big 12 is wide open. With several star quarterbacks gone, many teams face similar questions, and Oklahoma is as good a bet as any to come out on top. Back in 2007, fans had no idea what to expect, but they ended up being pretty happy with the man who won that QB battle, Sam Bradford.

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