Oklahoma has won nine Big 12 titles under head coach Bob Stoops. Nine championships in six different locations.
Kansas City four times (2000, 2004, 2006, 2008). Houston (2002). San Antonio (2007). Arlington (2010). Fort Worth (2012). And last year in Stillwater after a 58-23 win against Oklahoma State.
Not listed in there? Norman. Yea, the Sooners have never clinched the title on the field in Norman. It’s really not that crazy if you think about it, but it does offer perhaps another extra bit of motivation heading into Bedlam on Saturday.
“Yea, it means a lot more,” offensive tackle Orlando Brown said. “I think it means a lot more to this team. I think it means more to Coach Stoops. We’ve never had an opportunity to play here for a Big 12 championship. Oklahoma State is a great team. We’re gonna have to do what we have to do to prepare ourselves to get that Big 12 championship.”
Until 2010, obviously, all Big 12 titles were decided in championship games at neutral sites. OU clinched its share of the Big 12 title in 2012 with a win at TCU. Clinched the title in Stillwater last year.
Norman has never been the spot for a title game. That changes with Saturday. It wasn’t the storybook season OU fans were hoping for after making the college football playoff in 2015. But a win in Bedlam guarantees championship No. 10 and a perfect storm of feel-good emotions for OU.
“It’s really special. You get to send off the seniors,” linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo said. “At the same time, you play a Big 12 championship game in Norman, which I don’t think has ever been done before. And then, it’s a rivalry game at the same time. It’s like a trifecta, because everything is in one game.”