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Auburn Football 2016: Getting To Know The Oklahoma Sooners

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A look at our Sugar Bowl opponent for the January 2nd game in New Orleans.

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For those of you who don't know, I'm a Soldier in real life. There's a philosophy I've learned in the Army called TOPS. It means "Taking Other People's Shit." I'm a fan of taking great ideas and running with it. Earlier this week, our SB Nation Oklahoma site did a "Getting to Know" article about Auburn. I liked it so much I copied it. Enjoy learning about the Oklahoma Sooners!

About Oklahoma

Founded:1890

Location:Norman, OK (pop. 110,925)

Total Enrollment: 24,882 (Fall 2016)

Stadium: Owen Field, Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

All-Time Record:871-320-53

Bowl Record:28-20-1

Sugar Bowl Record:5-2

Conference Championships:46

National Championships: 7 claimed, 10 unclaimed (DON'T TELL THE BAMMERS THAT, Y'ALL)

Distance from Memorial Stadium to the Superdome:654 miles

2016 Oklahoma Football

2016 Record: 10-2 (9-0 BigXII)

CFP Ranking:7th

Notable Wins: at West Virginia, vs. Oklahoma State

Leading Passer: QB Baker Mayfield* - 235/330, 3669 yards, 38 TD, 8 INT

Leading Rusher: RB Joe Mixon - 1183 yards on 168 carries

Leading Receiver: WR Dede Westbrook* - 74 receptions, 1465 yards, 16 touchdowns

Leading Tackler: LB Jordan Evans - 89 (49 unassisted, 40 assisted)

*Heisman Finalist

Traditions

Sooner Magic

Sooner Schooner

(Out of deference to our new friends, I opted not to post this particular video.

Play Like A Champion

Play Like A Champion

(Photo Credit: SoonerSports.com)

From the Oklahoma Traditions webpage:

Oklahoma players and coaches touch the traditional 'Play Like a Champion Today' sign posted above the locker room door as they head for Owen Field before every home game.

As the team enters the field, the Sooners run under a crimson banner flanked by flags representing each of Oklahoma's seven national championships. The banner displays 'Play Like a Champion' on the side facing the players and 'Oklahoma Sooners' on the side facing the field.
Away from Norman, the OU equipment staff faithfully posts a travel version of the sign for the Sooners to touch as they depart the locker room for the field. 

On the third floor of the Barry Switzer Center, one of the early 'Play Like A Champion Today' signs that once hung in Bud Wilkinson's office sits in a glass display. Wilkinson coached OU from 1947-63.

The item was also used through Barry Switzer's era (1973-88) as a sign that players touched before walking to the field. 

When did Oklahoma first use the slogan? No one can provide a definitive answer. The origin of the saying, which is also associated with Notre Dame's program, is not known.

Boomer Sooner

What article on Oklahoma traditions would be complete without one of the most repetitive fight songs in college football?

Heisman Winners

Oklahoma boasts 5 Heisman Trophy winners.

From Wikipedia:

Year Player Position Points
1952 Billy Vessels Halfback 525




1969 Steve Owens Running back 1,488




1978 Billy Sims Running back 827




2003 Jason White Quarterback 1,481




2008 Sam Bradford Quarterback 1,726

Here is the link to much more information from Oklahoma's official website.

Notable Moments

And, again, out of deference to our friends, I avoided showing this video.