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.
Texas games: Wilkinson 9-8, Stoops 9-5. Wilkinson dominated often-mediocre Longhorn teams until Darrell Royal arrived in 1957, then lost his final six against the 'Horns. Stoops has dominated oft-elite UT teams.
Bedlam: Wilkinson 17-0, Stoops 10-3. Wilkinson beat one good OSU team, 1958. Stoops has played seven good Cowboy teams.
Conference landscape: Wilkinson was 91-9-2 in the Big Six, Big Seven and Big Eight. Stoops is 88-22 in the Big 12. The Big 12 is much deeper than the league in Wilkinson's day. From 1947-63, the Big Six/Seven/Eight produced just four teams outside OU that could be considered elite — 1947 Kansas, 1960 Missouri, 1961 Colorado and 1963 Nebraska. Stoops has played 14 conference games against elite teams, and even if you take Texas out of the mix, there are nine games against elite teams — 2000 Kansas State twice, 2000 Nebraska, 2001 Nebraska, 2007 Missouri twice, 2008 Texas Tech, 2011 OSU and 2012 Kansas State.
Nonconference prowess: Texas was a nonconference opponent in Wilkinson's day and OSU was until 1960. Wilkinson played 66 nonconference games (excluding bowls). Ten could be considered elite — seven Texas teams, two Notre Dame teams and Santa Clara in 1949. Fifteen others could be considered good, 28 fair and 13 poor. Stoops has played 50 nonconference games (excluding bowls). Only 2012 Notre Dame could be considered elite. Twelve others could be considered good, 16 fair and 22 weak, including four Division I-AA teams. So for Wilkinson nonconference, that's 15 percent against the elite, 38 percent against good or elite and 20 percent against weak. For Stoops nonconference, that's two percent elite, 26 percent against good or elite and 44 percent weak.