Oklahoma football programs rank fourth all-time with seven national championships in what is considered the modern era of college football (from the end of the World War to the present).
But the Sooners haven’t added a national championship trophy to the Barry Switzer Center trophy cabinet in 21 years.
OU has approached a number of times over the past two decades, but has not been able to complete the job. Bob Stoops’ teams played three BCS national championship games in the eight years following the 2000 national championship season to fail all three times, and Lincoln riley made three college football playoffs in his four seasons as a head coach, but couldn’t get past Game 1.
It’s been six times since 2000 that the Sooners have been able to play and win another national crown. Most schools across the country that aren’t called Alabama, Clemson, or Ohio State would give anything to be in that position. The problem is, no one remembers who finished second, third or fourth. It’s the national champion who gets all the attention and historical quotes.
Oklahoma is ranked in the top four by most 2021 college football preseason preview posts and preseason media polls and several domestic sources have the No.1 or 2 Sooners to start the 2021 season. , including a # 2 ranking in the Associated Press Preseason Top-25 poll released this week.
Of course, no team has ever won a national championship without playing a game, and we all know it’s not how you start but how you end that matters.
A number of college football pundits and future vendors have said the 2021 Oklahoma squad is Riley’s best chance yet to finally overcome the bump and claim that elusive eighth national crown. At the same time, some critics still concede that the Sooners will be good again, but argue that the OU does not yet have the completeness to take out an SEC, ACC or Big Ten champion.
Certainly, the recent history of the Sooners is the baggage Oklahoma must carry until it proves otherwise. The following are the five reasons we believe the 2021 edition of OU football will finally bring the bacon home this season in the form of an eighth national championship. And, ironically, after a 21-year absence as the last team standing.