Oklahoman Modified: January 6, 2009 at 1:54 am •  Published: January 6, 2009
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→Oklahoma: OU’s football program took the field in 1895, 12 years before Oklahoma was granted statehood.

→Florida: UF’s first recognized team in 1906 finished 5-3, splitting a pair of games with Rollins College (yes, that Rollins College).

→The edge: Oklahoma, because it’s cool to say the Sooners debuted during the second Grover Cleveland administration.

Bowl appearances
→Oklahoma: The Sooners are 24-16-1 all time, 2-4 in BCS games.

→Florida: 16-19 all time, 2-1 in BCS.

→The edge: Oklahoma. You can’t argue against the Ws.

Conference titles
→Oklahoma: 41 conference titles. The first came in 1915. Remember that year? Didn’t think so.

Florida: Eight SEC titles. The first, in 1984, was forfeited because of NCAA infractions (more on that later).

→The edge: Oklahoma. The Sooners rule college football in tornado alley.

Pro hall-of-famers
→Oklahoma: Troy Aikman, Tommy McDonald, Lee Roy Selmon.

→Florida: Jack Youngblood.

→The edge: Oklahoma, although Aikman played only one season at Oklahoma before transferring to UCLA.

Players in the NFL
→Oklahoma: The NFL drafted 36 Sooners since Bob Stoops became the Sooners head coach, including 2007 Rookie of the Year Adrian Peterson ( Minnesota Vikings) and Davin Joseph (Tampa Bay Bucs).

→Florida: There were 38 Gators on NFL rosters this season, including Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor and Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder.

→The edge: Push. Both schools stockpile the Sunday league with plenty of talent.

Game-day traditions
→Oklahoma: The Ruf/Neks are some of the most vicious fans in college football. They shoot off pop guns in the end zone at Owen Field and mercilessly heckle the opposition. In fact, they so annoyed former Nebraska Coach Bill Callahan that he referred to them as a bunch of [expletive] hillbillies following a game there in 2005.

→Florida: George Edmondson Jr.


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