Where do the Oklahoma Sooners rank in study of largest college football fan bases? (2022)

Where do the Oklahoma Sooners rank in study of largest college football fan bases? (1)

John Williams

July 2, 2022 2:15 pm CT

As a football program, few programs have had as much success or more than the Oklahoma Sooners in their history. They’ve been the powerhouse in the Big 12 for the last two decades, winning more conference championships than the rest of the programs combined.

Nestled in the heart of Oklahoma, the Sooners have built themselves into a blue-blood program thanks in part to the work of Bennie Owen, Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer, Bob Stoops and, yes, even Lincoln Riley. They’re a team synonymous with winning, offensive football and Heisman trophies.

They’ve never been a flash-in-the-pan program. While the Sooners have had short-lived periods of poor play, rarely did it mean a losing season. According to College Football Reference, the Oklahoma Sooners have had 11 losing seasons in their 114-year history. That’s a remarkable run of success. By comparison, the Texas Longhorns have had 17 losing seasons in their history.

That record of success has helped them build one of the largest college football fan bases in the country despite their home state’s small population.

Strategy analyst Tony Altimore underwent a process to analyze the fan bases of Football Bowl Subdivision teams, and the Oklahoma Sooners came in at No. 17 in the study.

Here’s what they looked at in their study:

Includes inbound conference teams only, excluding some newly promoted FCS teams lacking prior data. Source: New York Times and NYT 538 studies of fan bases in 2011 and 2014 and of Vivid Seats ticket sales data in 2014, normalized with 2020 U.S. Census data and Google trends data and multiple studies of overall national CFB fan support. Inputs from each study are averaged based on number of inputs to avoid penalizing (primarily G-3) teams not included in all three studies. – Tony Altimore

Ohio State came in at No. 1, followed by Notre Dame at No. 2. Texas, with Oklahoma heading to the SEC, had the third-biggest fan base in the study’s estimation. Penn State was No. 4, and Michigan rounded out the top five.

The new-look SEC fared very well in the study as 15 of the 16 schools made the top 40 in estimated fan base. Vanderbilt, who has struggled in football in recent seasons, was tied at No. 63 with the Big Ten’s Northwestern, who was the only school in the new-look conference outside the top 50.

While Texas has a sizeable advantage in the fan base size, one must also consider the state of Texas has a much larger population than Oklahoma. It’s the age-old discussion about why Oklahoma has so many players from Texas on the roster. There’s simply a larger player pool to recruit from.

The study has certain limitations, which is why it’s an estimate. The studies used are nearly a decade old. However, it’s interesting to see how the teams and leagues stack up based on the numbers involved. It’s unlikely things have changed so radically in support that teams would drop off, but that’s not to say things might look different if they were based on more recent numbers, were they available.

It’s not surprising that the SEC leads the way in average fan base per school, followed by the Big Ten. Those two conferences are considered one and two in unofficial rankings of the Power Five. It’s also not surprising to see the Big 12 fall to fifth among the Power Five, with Texas and Oklahoma shifting to the SEC.

Because this study came out before the moves of USC and UCLA to the Big Ten, it’s not been updated to reflect the recent realignment. However, when you add the former Pac-12 schools, they still lag behind the SEC.

And when you take out USC and UCLA from the Pac-12, they still rank ahead of the Big 12 in average fanbase per school by more than half a million.

The ever-changing landscape of college football has led to discussions about brand recognition and drawing power. With that, let’s take a look at the top 25 schools in estimated fan base according to this study.

25

Washington Huskies

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Sept. 28, 2019; Seattle; Washington Huskies quarterback Jacob Eason (10) celebrates with fans after a game against the USC Trojans at Husky Stadium. Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

2.46 million

24

Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Sept. 7, 2019; Boulder, Colorado; Nebraska Cornhuskers fans cheer at the end of the second quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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Total Number of Estimated Fans

2.55 million

23

Missouri Tigers

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Nov. 13, 2021; Columbia; Missouri Tigers fans show their support against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the game at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

2.64 million

22

South Carolina Gamecocks

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Sept. 26, 2020; Columbia; South Carolina Gamecocks fans cheer against the Tennessee Volunteers at Williams-Brice Stadium. Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

2.69 million

21

North Carolina Tar Heels

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Nov. 6, 2021; Chapel Hill; North Carolina Tar Heels fans celebrate on the field after the game at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

2.74 million

20

Florida State Seminoles

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Nov. 24, 2018; Tallahassee; Florida State Seminoles fans watch the game against the Florida Gators during the second half of action at Doak Campbell Stadium. Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

2.79 million

19

Miami Hurricanes

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Sept. 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia; Miami Hurricanes fans react after Miami turned the ball over on downs during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

2.99 million

18

Michigan State Spartans

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Oct. 30, 2021; East Lansing; Michigan State Spartans fans celebrate after the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

3.07 million

17

Oklahoma Sooners

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Oct. 9, 2021; Dallas, Texas; Oklahoma Sooners fans during the game against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

3.22 million

81.5% of the population.

16

Tennessee Volunteers

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Nov. 6, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. (1) celebrates with fans after the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field. Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

3.27 million

15

Auburn Tigers

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Oct. 10, 2020; Auburn, Alabama; Auburn Tigers fans brave the heavy rain and strong winds during the first quarter of the Auburn Tigers game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

3.27 million

14

Syracuse Orangemen

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Oct. 18, 2008; Tampa Florida; South Florida Bulls quarterback Matt Grothe (8) gets tackled as he runs with the ball by Syracuse linebacker Mike Mele (50) during the first half against the Syracuse Orangemen at Raymond James Stadium. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

3.45 million

13

Texas A&M Aggies

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Nov. 6, 2021; College Station; Texas A&M Aggies fans celebrate an Aggies score against the Auburn Tigers in the fourth quarter at Kyle Field. Texas A&M Aggies won 20-3. Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

3.87 million

12

Georgia Bulldogs

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Dec. 31, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida; Georgia Bulldogs fans celebrate with Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Travon Walker (44) and offensive lineman Justin Shaffer (54) after defeating Michigan Wolverines in the Orange Bowl college football CFP national semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

3.99 million

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11

LSU Tigers

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Sept. 25, 2021; Starkville, Mississippi; LSU Tigers fans cheer before the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

4.02 million

10

USC Trojans

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Sept. 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California; Southern California Trojans fans react during a game against the Stanford Cardinal at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

4.46 million

9

Wisconsin Badgers

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Dec. 7, 2019; Indianapolis, Indiana; Wisconsin Badgers fans react to a touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first half in the 2019 Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

4.57 million

8

Alabama Crimson Tide

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Oct. 9, 2021; College Station, Texas; Alabama Crimson Tide fans cheer against the Texas A&M Aggies in second half at Kyle Field. Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

5.34 million

7

Oregon Ducks

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Nov. 27, 2021; Eugene; Oregon Ducks fans sing during a time out during the second half against the Oregon State Beavers at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks won 38-29. Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

5.54 million

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Florida Gators

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Sept. 18, 2021; Gainesville; Florida Gators fans cheer during the second half against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

5.89 million

5

Michigan Wolverines

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Dec. 31, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida; A Michigan Wolverines fan reacts during the third quarter in the Orange Bowl college football CFP national semifinal game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Hard Rock Stadium. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

6.26 million

4

Penn State Nittany Lions

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April 23, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin high-fives a young fan prior to the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

6.36 million

3

Texas Longhorns

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Sept. 21, 2019; Austin, Texas; Texas Longhorns fans in the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

7.82 million

2

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Sept. 25, 2021; Chicago, Illinois; Notre Dame Fighting Irish fans celebrate a touchdown by lifting each up during the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers at Soldier Field. Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

8.21 million

1

Ohio State Buckeyes

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Sept. 18, 2021; Columbus; Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer from the stands against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Ohio Stadium. Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Total Number of Estimated Fans

11.26 million

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Nov 13, 2021; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers fans show their support against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the game at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium.. Nov 6, 2021; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels fans celebrate on the field after the game at Kenan Memorial Stadium.. Nov 24, 2018; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles fans watch the game against the Florida Gators during the second half of action at Doak Campbell Stadium.. Oct 30, 2021; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Michigan State Spartans fans celebrate after the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium.. Oct 9, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Oklahoma Sooners fans during the game against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl.. Nov 6, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies fans celebrate an Aggies score against the Auburn Tigers in the fourth quarter at Kyle Field.. Dec 31, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs fans celebrate with Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Travon Walker (44) and offensive lineman Justin Shaffer (54) after defeating Michigan Wolverines in the Orange Bowl college football CFP national semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium.. Sep 25, 2021; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; LSU Tigers fans cheer before the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field.. Dec 7, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers fans react to a touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first half in the 2019 Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium.. Oct 9, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide fans cheer against the Texas A&M Aggies in second half at Kyle Field.. Dec 31, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; A Michigan Wolverines fan reacts during the third quarter in the Orange Bowl college football CFP national semifinal game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Hard Rock Stadium.. Sep 21, 2019; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns fans in the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.. Sep 18, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer from the stands against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Ohio Stadium.

As a football program, few programs have had as much success or more than the Oklahoma Sooners in their history.. According to College Football Reference, the Oklahoma Sooners have had just 11 losing seasons in their 114-year run.. Strategy analyst Tony Altimore underwent a process to analyze the fan bases of Football Bowl Subdivision teams, and the Oklahoma Sooners came in at No.. Inputs from each study are averaged based on the number of inputs to avoid penalizing (primarily G-3) teams not included in all three studies.. Texas, with Oklahoma heading to the SEC, had the third-biggest fanbase in the study’s estimation.. While Texas has a sizeable advantage in the fanbase size, one must also consider that the state of Texas has a much larger population than Oklahoma.. With that, let’s take a look at the top 25 schools in estimated fan base according to this study.. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports. October 9, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Oklahoma Sooners fans during the game against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl.. November 6, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies fans celebrate an Aggies score against the Auburn Tigers in the fourth quarter at Kyle Field.. Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports. December 7, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers fans react to a touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first half in the 2019 Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium.. October 9, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide fans cheer against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second half at Kyle Field.. Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

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Like all major college football programs, Wisconsin's updated numbers over a three-year average (when those are available in 2022) will be lower thanks to the pandemic and its effect on revenue.. Notre Dame enters an era of somewhat uncertainly in 2022 with 35-year-old defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman taking over as a first-time head coach, this coming after Brian Kelly unexpectedly left for LSU without notice.. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports) Estimated annual value : $132 million. There doesn't seem to be a shut-off switch for the SEC's annual money-printer, not with Nick Saban signed through 2028 and the national championship continuing to go through Tuscaloosa every year.. Ten years and $75 million.

The 2008 Oklahoma Sooners have often been remembered as much for their failures as their successes, but they were truly a historic team that had a lasting impact on the modern game.

For Texas fans, the 2008 Sooners were the ultimate land thieves, stealing Texas' Big 12 South crown due to an inflated BCS ranking created via blowout wins where Stoops ran up the score combined with Texas' misfortune to face a schedule that pitted them against four top ranked opponents in four weeks.. You'll rarely find a Longhorn who would say that the 2008 Oklahoma Sooners were better than the 2008 Texas Longhorns , but there's no doubt that this Oklahoma team changed the way the game is played while dominating the Big 12 conference at the league's zenith.. This Oklahoma team was exceptionally talented.. Every team in the Big 12 had great athletes at the skill positions but Oklahoma's four future 1st rounders were at QB (Sam Bradford), RT (Trent Williams), DT (Gerald McCoy), and TE (Jermaine Gresham).. With impact players along the line of scrimmage and both OTs (LT Phil Loadholt and RT Trent Williams) consisting of eventual draft picks, it was very difficult to line up and beat the Sooners at the point of attack in these high paced games.. "Spread to run" The Sooners were a balanced attack, as evidenced by Bradford throwing for 4k yards and 50 touchdowns, but they made quite a bit of their run game and had two 1k yard backs in Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray.. Meanwhile DeMarco Murray's quick cuts and vision really made the most of these plays as defenders who succeeded in working across these massive linemen often then found themselves back on the wrong side after a jump step or cut by Murray and forced to work back across the face of a Robinson or Loadholt.. He finished the year with 66 catches for 950 yards and 14 TDs and was an unsolvable problem for OU's toughest opponents that year, even catching a combined 13 passes for 152 yards and three TDs against the Florida and Texas defenses in OU's two high-profile defeats.. The passing game was also made more effective by Murray's involvement and the back had 400 receiving yards himself and was a true terror in the notorious OU screen game which included some slip and tunnel screens that danced on the limits of legality with the way they released linemen downfield to pancake exhausted defenders.. Jeremy Beal was only a sophomore but he was the featured pass-rusher in this defense and managed 8.5 sacks working often as a stand-up rusher in obvious passing settings where he had more leverage to attack OL and could also capably drop into the flat in Venables' potent zone-blitz package.. Against spread attacks like the Texas Tech Red Raiders , the Sooners played a great deal of cover 2 and relied on the athleticism of their linebackers, the reliable tackling and leverage of their senior safeties, and their ability to get pressure from a four-man rush or to mix things up with single-deep, five man blitzes.. Venables' 2008 Oklahoma defense could fit in with the better defenses today both in terms of personnel and schemes (his 2009 defense that returned many of these players proved to be dominant) while the offense set records, won the Heisman, and played a major role in forging the path for up-tempo spread systems that are now taking over at the major college programs .. The only two games against other blueblood programs that OU played that year were the only two close contests they experienced and both were defeats.. The numbers are stark, Texas averaged 4.6 yards per play before Reynolds' injury and 8.3 yards per play after he went down .. Ultimately the 2008 Sooners didn't get it done, they didn't win the title and they came up short in the two biggest games of the year, but the team should still go down as one of the most impressive and influential groups in Big 12 history.

No matter what sport they're rooting for, these student fan bases are regarded as the best across the college sports landscape.

Here, we list the colleges with the best student fan bases.. While Alabama doesn’t have the only football team that takes a stroll to the stadium on game days, the crowd size in Tuscaloosa rivals many.. The Blue Devils’ devoted student fan base, known as the Cameron Crazies, may only pack into a 1,200 seat section.. Florida State Seminoles fans | Butch Dill/Getty ImagesThe state of Florida may not be best known for its sports teams, but you would never know that from the looks of the Florida State Seminoles’ fan base.. And Fighting Irish fans don’t just show up for their teams on game day — they go the extra mile to troll their rivals off the field of play as well. The Aggies fan experience isn’t just about the crowd size — it’s also full of tradition.. Like in 2016 when the student sections went toe-to-toe for Pac-12 Network’s student section challenge .

Some college football programs seem to be highly ranked as often as the IRS comes calling for their tax money from the average citizen. Ohio State is clearly one of those teams and has everything t…

Oct 1, 2021; Logan, Utah, USA; A general view of a helmet worn by Brigham Young Cougars during a game against the Utah State Aggies at Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium.. Dec 28, 2019; Arlington, Texas, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin celebrates with wide receiver Jahan Dotson (5) and quarterback Sean Clifford (14) after a touchdown during the second quarter against the Memphis Tigers at AT&T Stadium.. Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports. Dec 31, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell on the sidelines during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2021 Cotton Bowl college football CFP national semifinal game at AT&T Stadium.. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network. Oklahoma won 16-13. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network. Ohio State won 59-31. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network. So where does Rittenberg think Ohio State ranks in the future top 25?

College football isn’t only exciting, it’s also big business. With the title game coming up, can you guess which teams are the most valuable?

Using data from Forbes, GOBankingRates ranked the top 25 teams based on their three-year average revenue, while also listing each team’s three-year average profit for reference.. It was the team’s 29th straight victory, and the Tigers will play No.. They finished the season 10-4.. 16 Iowa scored an average of just 23.8 points per game during the regular season.. In the end, the team finished the year with just five wins.. The Washington Huskies ended 2019 with an 8-5 record, but the team's performance was up and down throughout the season.. With an 11-2 record, 7-2 in the Big Ten, Penn State finished second in the conference standings behind Ohio State University.. 1 LSU takes its 14-0 record into the championship game against Clemson.. Alabama battered Michigan 35-16 on New Year’s Day, giving coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines a 9-4 record on the season.. Texas A&M came back from an ugly start to beat Oklahoma State University 24-21 in the Texas Bowl.. The Aggies ended the season with an 8-5 record, which was below expectations to start the season.

Brent Venables waited a long time to accept his first head coaching job. Now he's looking back at what continues to fuel him at Oklahoma.

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners are in their second week of spring practice, and the football facility is buzzing with high school football players and their families ahead of a critical recruiting weekend, but head coach Brent Venables -- just three months into the job after his December hire -- wants to talk about breakfast cereal.. Head coach Dabo Swinney tabbed one of his strength coaches to work full time as a Venables wrangler on game days .. It's been almost 30 years since Venables suited up at Kansas State, and Snyder genuinely still wonders if the guy worked so hard, practiced so hard, hit so hard because he liked it or because he was terrified that, if he didn't, the opportunity might pass him by.. VENABLES LANDED HIS first coaching job as a graduate assistant at Kansas State in 1993 based, in his opinion, on being in the right place at the right time.. At practice now, Venables carries a microphone, and he doesn't hold back.. Venables has coached in eight national championship games, winning three of them.. Venables insists on an open-door policy -- so open that Turnipseed worries there simply aren't enough hours in the day to make it work.. He has asked Venables to dial back the player meetings and post-practice speeches because there's other work to be done, but Venables isn't budging.. Venables said he wouldn't have taken the job if Oklahoma wasn't interested in investing in player development away from the field too.

United by faith and unburdened by pressure, the Sooners are breaking the mold on how to dominate.

Maxwell bleeds the seconds -- 30, then 60; 90, then 120 -- enough time for the whole of the Oklahoma softball squad to join Alo on the field and lead the sections behind home plate in a Boomer Sooner call-and-response.. Patty Gasso has coached this game long enough (28 years in Norman alone) and coached Alo long enough (five seasons, at this point) to understand what comes next.. Here is what one week of living and breathing Sooners softball in Norman -- from the locker room to the pews of Sunday church; from film sessions in the bowels of a field house to lunches far off campus -- makes plain: The University of Oklahoma softball team is not just breaking the mold on dominance.. The Longhorns clawed to a 4-2 win that day -- Oklahoma's lone defeat this year until the universe briefly forgot gravity existed and the Sooners fell to Oklahoma State in extra innings in the Big 12 tournament title game -- then rejoiced like they were the Red Sox slaying Babe Ruth's curse at last.. Long before Gasso was the highest-paid softball coach in college, the team played at Reaves, a city park it shared with local slow-pitch teams.. Alo's relationship to the game grew so toxic that Gasso excommunicated her from the team for two weeks -- no practices, no games, no locker room.. Gasso has amassed an embarrassment of softball riches in Norman, so she has the luxury, by dint of talent and depth, to mean it when she says Oklahoma can win without any one player, so no one player should feel burdened.

In the final part of the countdown, Bill Connelly reveals the top team in college football history -- a team that wasn't perfect.

For now, here are Teams No.. How is this team only third among 2000s teams?. Really, Nebraska's season came down to those three games.. 8 teams in the country), and won eight of 10 games by at least 24 points.. Of the teams that make the Top 20 of this list, only two others played another team from the Top 30: 1946 Army and Notre Dame played each other and tied.. Of the teams in the Top 20, only three others managed to finish first in both Offensive and Defensive S&P+: 1944 Army, 1966 Notre Dame and 2001 Miami.

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