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Oklahoma Sooners Football definitely one of College Football’s best

Since the end of World War II, which started the modern era of college football, the Oklahoma Sooners are the nation’s #1 team with more wins 629 than any other program in the nation. Only Boise State owns a better winning percentage at .772, played fewer games 449, during that span than Oklahoma at .764.

No program has more all-time 10-win seasons than the Sooners, which has 37. Also, OU’s 22 seasons with at least 11 wins are the most in college football history.

Since 1999, when former head coach Bob Stoops arrived in Norman, Oklahoma, home of the university, the Sooners lead all Power Five conference programs in wins 191 and points scored at 8,968.

The Sooners are the highest scoring program in college football history with 34,540 points in 1,247 games.

Only Ohio State with 105 has been ranked #1 in the AP Poll more weeks than Oklahoma with 102. OU’s 395 weeks in the Associated Press’ top 5 are the most than any other school. 1936 was the date that the AP Poll was introduced to the public.

 

INFORMATION COMPILED FROM OKLAHOMA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS GAME NOTES

 

Dayton Flyers Football hosting Southeast Missouri State today in home opener

DAYTON – The University of Dayton football team begins another season at Welcome Stadium Saturday when the Flyers play Southeast Missouri.  Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.
Both teams are looking for their first win of the season.  Last week, Dayton lost in the final seconds 13-10 at Robert Morris, while SEMO fell at Kansas 38-16.
The first 300 fans at Saturday’s game will gain free admission to a University-sponsored tailgate.  Dayton Flyer koozies will also be handed out at the gate.
• Dayton coach Rick Chamberlin is in his 10th season as UD’s head coach.
• Quarterback Alex Jeske, linebacker Jack Crain and defensive end Nick Surges are the Flyer football captains this year.
• Christian Searles, a preseason All-America kick returner, is UD’s special teams captain.
• Eight Flyers made their first collegiate starts last week at Robert Morris, including quarterback Kyle Kaparos (13-18-0, 122 yards, 1 TD), linebacker Andrew McCormick (team-high 11 tackles, 6 solo, 2 TFL, 1 sack) and Flyer Andrew Lutgens (5 hits, 2 sacks).
• Dayton was 6-0 at home last year.  UD’s last loss at Welcome Stadium was in the first round of the 2015 FCS Playoffs.  UD has won 13 straight regular-season home games.
GOOD NEWS WORTH REPEATING
The Flyers entered the season with the third-best winning percentage (.761, 143-45) in FCS football since 2000 AND have produced the most football Academic All-Americans (26) at any level of competition in the same time frame.  The top five in winning percentage are Harvard (.799), North Dakota State (.761), Dayton (.757), Montana (.755), and San Diego (.719).
STREAKING
UD has not been shut out in a school-record 455 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976. That is also the all-time FCS record.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
• Southeast Missouri State comes to Dayton after dropping a 38-16 decision at the University of Kansas in week one of the season.
• Two-year starter Jesse Hosket completed 25 of 44 passes for 170 yards and both SEMO TD’s at Kansas.
• Linebacker Chad Meredith has started in 23 straight games.  He was named Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference after earning first team honors in 2016.  He led Southeast with five solo tackles (6 overall) at Kansas.
• The Redhawk front three averages just under 6-foot-2, 310 pounds.  Joshua Wilson, a two-year starter, is 5-foot-11, 330 pounds.
THE MAN AT THE TOP
• Rick Chamberlin is now in his tenth season in charge of the Flyer football program. His record is 74-28.
• He is third all-time in wins at Dayton, behind two members of the College Football Hall of Fame — Mike Kelly (246 wins) and Harry Baujan (124).
UP NEXT
• Dayton closes out the non-conference schedule at home against Duquesne on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.
• Duquesne, like Robert Morris, is a member of the Northeast Conference.  NEC teams award 55 scholarship equivalencies.
• The Dukes were voted the NEC preseason favorite.
GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

National Football Foundation TV schedule for NCAA Division I Football for Week 2

 

 

Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, honored with the 2006 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award as part of ESPN College GameDay, will be on the call for the ABC Saturday Night Football broadcast of No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The American
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Fri., Sept. 8
6:30 p.m.
Memphis
at UCF
ESPNU
(Shawn Kenny, Al Groh)
Sat., Sept. 9
10:30 a.m.
USF
at Connecticut
ESPNEWS
(Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Tulane
at Navy
CBS Sports Network
(John Sadak, Randy Cross1, Sheehan Stanwick-Burch)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Villanova
at Temple
ESPN3
(Greg Mescall, Tyoka Jackson)
Sat., Sept. 9
4:00 p.m.
Louisiana
at Tulsa
ESPN3
(David Saltzman, George Wrighster)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
North Texas
at SMU
ESPN3
(Dave Raymond, Stanford Routt)
ACC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
(16) Louisville
at North Carolina
ESPN
(Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy2, Tom Luginbill)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
Northwestern
at Duke
ESPNU
(Mike Couzens, John Congemi)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
Louisiana-Monroe
at (8) Florida State
ACC Network/Raycom Sports, also ESPN3/ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout)
(Tom Werme, Dave Archer, D.J. Shockley)
Sat., Sept. 9
12:30 p.m.
Jacksonville State
at Georgia Tech
RSN/ACC Network/ESPN3
(Wes Durham, James Bates, Rebecca Kaple)
Sat., Sept. 9
1:00 p.m.
Wake Forest
at Boston College
ACC Network/ESPN3
(Robert Lee, Matt Chatham)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Delaware
at Virginia Tech
ACC Network/ESPN3
(Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Indiana
at Virginia
ESPNU
(Dave Weekley, John Gregory)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Middle Tennessee
at Syracuse
ACC Network/ESPN3
(Doug Sherman, Doug Graber)
Sat., Sept. 9
6:00 p.m.
Marshall
at NC State
ACC Network/ESPN3
(Kevin Fitzgerald, Dustin Fox)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
(12) Auburn
at (3) Clemson
ESPN
(Steve Levy, Brian Griese2, Todd McShay)
Big Ten
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Fri., Sept. 8
8:00 p.m.
Ohio
at Purdue
FS1
(Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Holly Sonders)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
Cincinnati
at (7) Michigan
ABC
(Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
Florida Atlantic
at (11) Wisconsin
Big Ten Network
(Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Lisa Byington)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
Towson
at Maryland
Big Ten Network
(Joe Beninati, Stanley Jackson)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh
at (4) Penn State
ABC
(Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Western Michigan
at Michigan State
Big Ten Network
(Brandon Gaudin, Glen Mason, Elise Menaker)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Eastern Michigan
at Rutgers
Big Ten Network
(Jason Horowitz, Chuck Long1)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:30 p.m.
(5) Oklahoma
at (2) Ohio State
ABC
(Chris Fowler3, Kirk Herbstreit3, Maria Taylor)
Sat., Sept. 9
8:00 p.m.
Western Kentucky
at Illinois
Big Ten Network
(Dave Revsine, J Leman2, Michelle McMahon)
Big 12
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
Charlotte
at Kansas State
FOX Sports Net
(Ron Thulin, Gary Reasons1)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
Iowa
at Iowa State
ESPN2
(Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Julie Stewart-Binks)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
East Carolina
at West Virginia
FS2
(Brian Custer, Ben Leber)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
San Jose State
at Texas
Longhorn Network
(Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden)
Sat., Sept. 9
4:00 p.m.
Central Michigan
at Kansas
FOX Sports Net
(Brendan Burke, David Anderson, Christian Steckel)
Sat., Sept. 9
8:00 p.m.
UTSA
at Baylor
FOX Sports Net
(Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger, Lesley McCaslin)
Conference USA
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Fri., Sept. 8
7:00 p.m.
Alcorn State
at Florida International
(Birmingham, Ala.)
None
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
Southern
at Southern Miss
Stadium on Facebook
(TBA, Max Starks, Shae Peppler)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:30 p.m.
Mississippi State
at Louisiana Tech
CBS Sports Network
(Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor, Jenny Dell)
Sat., Sept. 9
8:00 p.m.
Rice
at UTEP
C-USA TV
(Jon Teicher4, Bernie Ricono)
MAC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:00 p.m.
UAB
at Ball State
ESPN3
(Jim Barbar, Hutson Mason)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Austin Peay
at Miami (Ohio)
ESPN3
(Jeff McCarrigher, Bobby Carpenter)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Eastern Illinois
at Northern Illinois
ESPN3
(Jordon Bernfield, Marcus Ray)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Howard
at Kent State
ESPN3
(Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry2)
Sat., Sept. 9
6:00 p.m.
South Dakota
at Bowling Green
ESPN3
(Dan Gutowsky, Watson Brown)
Sat., Sept. 9
6:30 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
at Akron
ESPN3
(David Wilson, Travis Tannahill)
Mountain West
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Thurs., Sept. 7
8:00 p.m.
Idaho State
at Utah State
Stadium on Facebook
(Chris Hassel, Darius Walker, Francisco Rivera, Paige Zamora)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Abilene Christian
at Colorado State
Mountain West Network
(Brian Roth, Mark Driscoll, Kevin McGlue)
Sat., Sept. 9
4:00 p.m.
Gardner-Webb
at Wyoming
AT&T SportsNet
(Ari Wolfe, Sed Bonner, Brad Thompson)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
Toledo
at Nevada
ESPN3
(Trey Bender, Jay Taylor)
Sat., Sept. 9
8:00 p.m.
New Mexico State
at New Mexico
Stadium on Facebook
(Chris Hassel, Daniel Jeremiah, Shae Peppler)
Pac-12
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
2:00 p.m.
Texas State
at Colorado
Pac-12 Networks
(Jim Watson, Jeremy Bloom, Camryn Irwin)
Sat., Sept. 9
4:30 p.m.
Nebraska
at Oregon
FOX
(Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Bruce Feldman)
Sat., Sept. 9
5:00 p.m.
Hawai’i
at UCLA
Pac-12 Networks
(JB Long, Yogi Roth, Jill Savage)
Sat., Sept. 9
5:00 p.m.
Weber State
at California
Pac-12 Networks
(Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker)
Sat., Sept. 9
8:00 p.m.
Montana
at (9) Washington
Pac-12 Networks
(Guy Haberman, Chad Brown, Cindy Brunson)
Sat., Sept. 9
8:30 p.m.
(14) Stanford
at (6) USC
FOX
(Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft)
Sat., Sept. 9
10:00 p.m.
Minnesota
at Oregon State
FS1
(Justin Kutcher, Mark Helfrich, Petros Papadakis)
Sat., Sept. 9
10:30 p.m.
Boise State
at Washington State
ESPN
(Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich)
Sat., Sept. 9
10:30 p.m.
Houston
at Arizona
ESPNU
(Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison)
Sat., Sept. 9
11:00 p.m.
San Diego State
at Arizona State
Pac-12 Networks
(Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron, Lewis Johnson)
SEC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
Eastern Kentucky
at Kentucky
SEC Network
(Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware1, Olivia Harlan)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
UT Martin
at Ole Miss
SEC Network
(Mike Morgan, Barrett Jones2, Richard Cross)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
Northern Colorado
at Florida
SEC Network+
(Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Fresno State
at (1) Alabama
ESPN2
(Adam Amin, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
TCU
at Arkansas
CBS
(Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, Allie LaForce)
Sat., Sept. 9
4:00 p.m.
Indiana State
at Tennessee
SEC Network
(David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb2, Dawn Davenport)
Sat., Sept. 9
4:00 p.m.
Alabama A&M
at Vanderbilt
SEC Network
(Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Desmond Purnell)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
South Carolina
at Missouri
ESPN2
(Anish Shroff, Mike Golic Jr., Roddy Jones)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
Nicholls State
at Texas A&M
ESPNU
(Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:30 p.m.
Chattanooga
at (13) LSU
SEC Network
(Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen, Alex Corddry)
Sun Belt
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Fri., Sept. 8
8:00 p.m.
(10) Oklahoma State
at South Alabama
ESPN2
(Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Savannah State
at Appalachian State
ESPN3
(Brock Bowling, Stan Lewter)
Sat., Sept. 9
4:00 p.m.
New Hampshire
at Georgia Southern
(Birmingham, Ala.)
ESPN3
(TBA)
Sat., Sept. 9
6:00 p.m.
Alabama State
at Troy
ESPN3
(Tiffany Greene, Rene Nadeau)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
UNLV
at Idaho
ESPN3
(Peter Young, Darius Walker)
Canceled due to hurricane
Miami (Fla.)
at Arkansas State
FBS Independents
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
Buffalo
at Army
CBS Sports Network
(Ben Holden, Jay Feely, John Schriffen)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Old Dominion
at UMass
Eleven Sports Network/NESNplus
(Eric Frede, Andy Gresh)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:30 p.m.
(15) Georgia
at Notre Dame
NBC
(Mike Tirico, Doug Flutie1,2, Kathryn Tappen)
Sat., Sept. 9
10:15 p.m.
Utah
at BYU
ESPN2
(Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra)
FCS
Big Sky
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
4:05 p.m.
(2) North Dakota State
at (7) Eastern Washington
SWX/Pluto.Tv
(Sam Adams, Bill Ames)
NBC North Dakota/ESPN3
(Brian Shawn, Lee Timmerman, Ryan Gellner)
Sat., Sept. 9
5:00 p.m.
Missouri State
at (11) North Dakota
Midco Sports Network
(Alex Heinert, Ryan Kasowski, Greg Enkers)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
(22) Western Illinois
at Northern Arizona
NAU-TV
(Mitch Strohman, Kevin Stephens)
Sat., Sept. 9
8:00 p.m.
(4) South Dakota State
at Montana State
SWX
(Chris Byers, Mike Callaghan, Kyle Sherman)
Sat., Sept. 9
9:00 p.m.
Incarnate Word
at Sacramento State
Pluto.TV/WatchBigSky.com
(Jason Ross, Steve McElroy, Danny Sullivan)
Sat., Sept. 9
9:00 p.m.
San Diego
at UC Davis
Pluto.TV/WatchBigSky.com
(Scott Marsh, Doug Kelly)
Big South
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
1:00 p.m.
(19) Lehigh
at Monmouth
ESPN3
(Matt Harmon, Eddy Occhipinti)
Sat., Sept. 9
6:00 p.m.
Morehead State
at (20) Liberty
ESPN3/Big South Network
(Mike Tilley, Matt Warner, Rett McGibbon)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
Tennessee Tech
at Kennesaw State
WPCH/Big South Network
(Brian Katrek, Tutan Reyes, Chris Mooneyham)
CAA
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
1:00 p.m.
Stony Brook
at Rhode Island
CS Live
(Scott Sudikoff, Brandon Noble)
Sat., Sept. 9
3:30 p.m.
Bryant
at Maine
FCS Atlantic/GoBlackBears.com
(Dan Hannigan, Mike DeVito)
Sat., Sept. 9
6:00 p.m.
East Tennessee State
at (1) James Madison
Comcast SportsNet Plus
(Brendan McDaniels, Ken Dunek)
JMUSports.com
(Curt Dudley, Bennett Conlin)
MEAC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Fri., Sept. 8
7:00 p.m.
Delaware State
at Hampton
HamptonPirates.com
(Richie Summerville, Jay Laing)
Sat., Sept. 9
1:00 p.m.
Albany
at Morgan State
Facebook
(Lamont Germany, Austin Ward)
Sat., Sept. 9
6:00 p.m.
William & Mary
at Norfolk State
NSUSpartans.com
(Ross Gordon, Maguell Davis)
Sat., Sept. 9
6:00 p.m.
Mars Hill (N.C.)
at North Carolina A&T
NCATAggies.com
(Donal Ware, Al Swann, Billy Covington)
Sat., Sept. 9
6:00 p.m.
Shaw (N.C.)
at North Carolina Central
NCCUEaglePride.com
(Jonathan Duren, Joe Simmons)
Postponed due to hurricane
TBD
(16) Charleston Southern
at South Carolina State
TBD
Missouri Valley
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
2:00 p.m.
Robert Morris
at (8) Youngstown State
ESPN3
(Jim Campbell, Drae Smith)
Sat., Sept. 9
5:00 p.m.
Cal Poly
at (21) Northern Iowa
ESPN3
(Brad Wells, Justin Surrency)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
Mississippi Valley State
at Southern Illinois
ESPN3
(Darren Kinnard, Mike Trude, Connor Onion)
Northeast
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
Fordham
at Central Connecticut
NEC Front Row
(Bruce Biel, Marc Robbins)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
Wagner
at St. Francis
ESPN3
(Paul Dottino, Kevin Gilbride)
Ohio Valley
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
(15) Central Arkansas
at Murray State
OVC Digital Network
(Neal Badley, Josh McKeel)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
Jackson State
vs. (23) Tennessee State
(Memphis, Tenn.)
Fox Sports South (Tape Delay)
(Pete Pranica, Brian Jordan)
Patriot League
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
Holy Cross
at Bucknell
Patriot League Network
(Doug Birdsong, Kevin Herr)
Sat., Sept. 9
1:00 p.m.
(9) Richmond
at Colgate
Stadium
(Matt Martucci, Dave Owens)
Sat., Sept. 9
6:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart
at Lafayette
Patriot League Network
(Gary Laubach, Mike Joseph, John Leone)
Pioneer
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
1:00 p.m.
Southeast Missouri State
at Dayton
Spectrum Ohio
(TBA)
Sat., Sept. 9
1:00 p.m.
Stetson
at Marist
GoRedFoxes.com
(Geoff Brault, Ed Weir)
Sat., Sept. 9
2:00 p.m.
Duquesne
at Valparaiso
None
Sat., Sept. 9
6:00 p.m.
Georgetown
at Campbell
Big South Network
(Chris Hemeyer, Jay Sonnhalter, Andy Bowman)
Sat., Sept. 9
6:00 p.m.
Butler
at Franklin (Ind.)
FranklinGrizzlies.com
(None)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
Southwestern (Kan.)
at Drake
GoDrakeBulldogs.com
(Chuck Reed)
Southern
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Thurs., Sept. 7
7:00 p.m.
West Alabama
at (17) Samford
ESPN3
(Curt Bloom, Chad Pilcher, Hattie Breece)
Sat., Sept. 9
Noon
Presbyterian
at (14) The Citadel
(Clinton, S.C.)
Big South Network
(Ryan Clary)
Sat., Sept. 9
1:00 p.m.
Elon
at Furman
ESPN3
(Bob Mihalic, Sam Wyche)
Sat., Sept. 9
1:30 p.m.
Catawba (N.C.)
at VMI
ESPN3
(Wade Branner, Chris Graham)
Sat., Sept. 9
4:00 p.m.
(10) Wofford
at Mercer
ESPN3
(TBA)
Sat., Sept. 9
6:00 p.m.
Davidson
at Western Carolina
ESPN3
(Daniel Hooker, Kyle Rush, Katie Miller)
Southland
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
Southern Utah
at Stephen F. Austin
ESPN3
(Rob Meyers, Kevin Langford)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
Florida Tech
at McNeese State
McNeeseSports.com
(Tom Hoefer, Johnny Suydam, Ron Hayes)
Sat., Sept. 9
8:00 p.m.
Texas of the Permian Basin
at Lamar
ESPN3
(Dan Gresham, Lemont Williams)
Sat., Sept. 9
8:00 p.m.
Bethune-Cookman
at Southeastern Louisiana
Eleven Sports Network/Southland DN
(Lyn Rollins, Butch Alsandor, Meghan Kluth)
SWAC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Thurs., Sept. 7
7:30 p.m.
(3) Sam Houston State
at Prairie View A&M
ESPNU
(Eric Clemons, Jay Walker)
Thurs., Sept. 7
8:30 p.m.
Houston Baptist
at Texas Southern
AT&T SW
(Butch Alsandor, Jorge Vargas, Nick Strong)
Sat., Sept. 9
7:00 p.m.
Northwestern State
at (24) Grambling State
YouTube
(Santoria Black, Ossie Clark, Leon Thomas, Nick Harrison)
1 – College Football Hall of Famer
2 – Former NFF National Scholar-Athlete
3 – NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football honoree
4 – NFF John L. Toner Award recipient

 

******A number of games this week have been postponed, rescheduled or moved to a new location due to Hurricane Irma. The NFF will do its best to update the online version of this schedule if any more changes occur.*****

PHOTO COURTESY NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION

SCHEDULE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION

Oklahoma dominating in Big 12 Conference

The Oklahoma Sooners have completely dominated the Big 12 Conference this millennium. The school from Norman, which is a suburb of Oklahoma City, has won 10 Big 12 titles in the past 17 years. No other program during that span has won more than 2.

The Big 12 was formed in 1996 from members leaving the Big Eight and Southwest Confernces decided to form a new league. Since that time, OU has won 10 league titles with Texas having three, Baylor, Kansas State and Nebraska claiming two each and Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas A&M one each.

 

INFORMATION COMPILED FROM OKLAHOMA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS GAME NOTES

Top 10 battle in Columbus tonight! #5 Oklahoma Sooners at #2 Ohio State Buckeyes

No. 5/6 Oklahoma plays its first road game under rookie head coach Lincoln Riley when it takes on No. 2/2 Ohio State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET, 6:30 p.m. CT at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. The game will be televised nationally by ABC with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor are the broadcast crew.

ESPN College GameDay will air from Columbus on Saturday, marking the 31st time the show will have been on hand for a game involving Oklahoma. Only Ohio State (40 times), Alabama (39), Florida (37) and Florida State (33) have been featured more often than OU. The Sooners are 21-9 in such games, including 10-2 in true road game matchups (last was a 58-23 win at Oklahoma State in 2015).

OU is coming off a 56-7 home win over UTEP in which the Sooners racked up 676 yards of offense while holding the Miners to 176 (lowest opponent total in 22 games). OU’s quarterbacks combined to go 32-for-36 for 496 yards and four touchdowns, posting a school-record 241.3 pass efficiency rating (minimum of 30 attempts). Mayfield played only the first half, going 19-for-20 for 329 yards and three TDs.

The Sooners are looking to register their 12th consecutive true road win, which would tie as the third longest streak in school history.

The last time Oklahoma lost was 51 weeks ago — to Ohio State. The Sooners have won 11 games since then, good for the nation’s longest current streak, and OU’s longest since winning 11 straight over the 2010 and ’11 seasons. The last time it won 12 consecutive games was in 2004 (started 12-0 before losing in Orange Bowl).

The Sooners have won 11 consecutive true road games (the fourth longest streak in school history) and are outscoring opponents 559-289 (51-26 average) in those contests. OU is averaging 570.8 yards per game during the streak while allowing 410.0 an outing. In the running game, OU is outgaining opponents 3,171 yards to 1,403 (288.3-127.5 average). QB Baker Mayfield is 9-0 as a Sooner in true road games. In those contests, he’s completed 191-of-272 passes (70.2 percent) for 2,618 yards with 32 touchdowns against just five interceptions (6.4 ratio) for an efficiency rating of 186.2. Additionally, he’s run 82 times for 309 yards (3.8 avg.) and seven scores.

Saturday’s game will feature the top two programs in the Associated Press’ all-time top 25 that was revealed in August 2016. Ohio State was slotted No. 1 and Oklahoma No. 2. According to the AP, its formula for determining its all-time ranking counted poll appearances (one point) to mark consistency, No. 1 rankings (one point) to acknowledge elite programs, and gave a bonus for AP championships (10 points). Ohio State, which has five national titles, accumulated 1,112 points while Oklahoma, which has won seven national championships, racked up 1,055 points. Joining the Sooners and Buckeyes in the top 10 were Notre Dame (1,042 points), Alabama (933), Southern California (974), Nebraska (901), Michigan (894), Texas (822), Florida State (714) and Florida (674).

Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley celebrated a birthday this week. Riley turned 34 on Tuesday, Sept. 5. He is the youngest FBS head coach.

 

A LOOK AT THE BUCKEYES

Head coach Urban Meyer is in his sixth year at Ohio State. He is 62-6 at OSU, having won at least 11 games in each of his five seasons there and posting a 34-2 home record. Meyer led the Buckeyes to a national championship in 2014. The title was the third of his career (won with Florida in 2006 and 2008 [beat Oklahoma]).

OSU returned 15 starters from its 2016 team that went 11-2 and finished the year as a College Football Playoff semifinalist. The Buckeyes returned eight starters on offense and seven on defense.

The Buckeyes won a tough contest at Indiana last Thursday to open the season, 49-21. Indiana outgained OSU 286-216 in the first half and led 14-13, before the Buckeyes outgained the Hoosiers 380-151 and outscored them 36-7 after halftime.

Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett was 20-of-35 passing for 304 yards and three touchdowns against Indiana. He also ran for 61 yards on 13 attempts and a touchdown. Barrett set his 24th school record against the Hoosiers with 365 total offensive yards, which gave him a school-best 9,211 yards. In 37 career games, Barrett has thrown for 72 touchdowns (against 21 interceptions) and run for 32.

In his collegiate debut in a 49-21 road win over Indiana on Thursday, Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins ran for 181 yards on 29 carries. Dobbins became the second true freshman OSU running back to start in his collegiate debut, and his 181 yards set a first-game freshman school rushing record and ranked as the sixth most nationally in week one.

Last season, #14 Oklahoma lost to #3 Ohio State, 45-24. Since the start of the 2009 season, the Sooners are 14-2 against teams they lost to the previous season. The only occasions of losses they sustained to an opponent in consecutive seasons came to Baylor in 2013 and 2014, and Clemson in 2014 and 2015.

Saturday’s contest will mark Oklahoma’s second game at Ohio State. Forty years ago (Sept. 24, 1977), No. 3 OU knocked off No. 4 OSU in Columbus, 29-28, as Uwe von Schamann booted a 41-yard field goal with three seconds remaining. The game-winner is known to Sooners fans as “The Kick.” OU was coached by Barry Switzer and the Buckeyes were coached by Woody Hayes.

 

SERIES VS. THE BUCKEYES

The Sooners are 1-2 all-time against Ohio State, winning 29-28 in Columbus in 1977, and losing 24-14 in Norman in 1983 and 45-24 in Norman last year. Both programs were ranked in the top 15 of the AP poll in all three games (OU’s average rank has been 6.3 and OSU’s has been 4.3).

2016  A Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium record crowd of 87,979 saw the 14th-ranked Sooners fall to No. 3 Ohio State last season, 45-24. Trailing late in the first quarter, the Sooners cut the deficit to 14-7 when sophomore Joe Mixon went 97 yards for a kickoff return touchdown, but OU never get any closer. Mixon had 225 all-purpose yards with 132 on kickoff returns, 78 rushing and 15 receiving. Baker Mayfield threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns, one to A.D. Miller and one to Mark Andrews, but he also threw a pair of interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown by Jerome Baker. Noah Brown caught four touchdown passes for the Buckeyes, while Mike Weber ran for 123 yards.

 

INFORMATION COMPILED FROM OKLAHOMA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA NOTES


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