Bud Wilkinson coached 178 games for the Sooners and went 145-29-4. Bob Stoops has coached 181 games for the Sooners and gone 145-36. That's a remarkably similar record. Let's compare the two OU football coaching giants.
Winning percentage: Wilkinson .826, Stoops .801. Only 37 coaches in history, all divisions, have a winning percentage of at least .800.
National titles: Wilkinson 3, Stoops 1. Wilkinson's were won via poll, conducted before the bowl games. Stoops' title was won via a two-team playoff.
Conference titles: Wilkinson 13 outright, one shared. Stoops 7. Wilkinson's were won without a league title game, mostly in a seven-team conference. Stoops' were won in conference title games, after winning a six-team division.
Undefeated seasons: Wilkinson 4, Stoops 1. Wilkinson had two 10-0 seasons and two 11-0 seasons. Stoops had a 13-0 season.
Undefeated regular seasons: Wilkinson 5, Stoops 3. Wilkinson had two unbeaten teams that did not play in a bowl game. Stoops had two unbeaten teams that were beaten in the postseason.
AP top-five finishes: Wilkinson 10, Stoops 5. In the 11 seasons from 1948-58, OU finished out of the top five only in 1951, when it was No. 10.
AP top-10 finishes: Wilkinson 13, Stoops 8. OU has finished in the top 10 only thrice since 2004.
AP top-20 finishes: Wilkinson 16, Stoops 11. Wilkinson fell out of the rankings in 1960 and '61. Stoops finished outside the top 20 in 2005 and 2009.
Bowl record: Wilkinson 6-2, Stoops 7-6. Wilkinson was 2-1 in Sugar Bowls and 4-1 in Orange Bowls. Stoops is 3-5 in major bowls.
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