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A closer look at Oklahoma's Bob Stoops era and the program's decline, split into five-year groupings

by Jason Kersey Modified: November 12, 2013 at 10:15 am •  Published: November 12, 2013

NORMAN — The decline of Oklahoma’s football program has been a hotly debated issue since the Sooners’ 41-12 loss at Baylor last Thursday.

I wrote about that subject for Sunday’s newspaper. You can read that here.

I posted a more detailed look at the Sooners’ decline in several different benchmark areas, contrasting the first 10 years of the Stoops era with the past five.

Some — including our good friends at The Lost Ogle — argued that comparing 10 years to five years wasn’t fair, so I decided to break the numbers up into three five-year groups.

Here are those results:

Category — 1999-2003 — 2004-2008 — 2009-13
Overall record (Pct.) — 55-11 (83.3) — 54-13 (80.6) — 47-15 (75.8)
Big 12 record (Pct.) — 33-7 (82.5) — 34-6 (85) — 29-11 (72.5)
Record vs. AP Top 10 (Pct.) — 8-2 (80) — 4-6 (40) — 4-5 (44.4)
Record vs. AP Top 25 (Pct.) — 18-4 (81.8) — 15-9 (57.7) — 15-10 (60)
Weeks ranked in AP Top 10 (Pct.) — 61 (70.9) — 53 (65.4) — 27 (36)
Outright Big 12 titles — 2 — 4 — 1
National titles — 1 —  0 — 0
BCS title game appearances — 2 — 2 — 0
BCS bowl appearances — 3 — 4 — 1
Bowl record — 3-2 — 2-3 — 2-2
Heisman winners — 1 — 1 — 0
Heisman finalists — 2 — 3 — 0
Major national award winners — 11 — 5 — 0
Consensus All-Americans — 12 — 6 — 5
First-round NFL Draft picks — 4 — 4 — 5
Total NFL Draft picks — 13 — 28 — 24


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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