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I always thought the buckeyes was just a Nut and that it was so stupid, I am happy it's the full tree that's still stupid but a little better.
Never knew what it was, didn't expect it to be a tree though!

They don't really go out of their way to display said flora really (unlike Stafford). It's only because of this thread that I've actually stumbled across the odd branch/leaf image on Google.
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I'm not going to forgive Toss U for the "Little sisters of the poor" comment about Boise & TCU a few years ago...
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I prefer "pOSU".
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Some of the Big ten teams would have trouble with some FCS schools.
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Some of the Big ten teams would have trouble with some FCS schools.
Washington State regularly have trouble with some FCS teams
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Day -2: Oklahoma Sooners



Location: Norman, Oklahoma

Sooners: In the 1830s the Native American people were forced off their land by the white man, with most of them sent on a death march known as the Trail of Tears. The Seminole Tribe settled in modern day Oklahoma alongside the Creeks Tribe. Both tribes decided to support the Confederacy during the American Civil War. As part of the peace treaty both the Creeks and Seminoles agreed to sell off their land, the Creeks received $74.13/km², the Seminoles who were much stronger supporters of the Confederacy didn't receive half of that ($37.07/km²).

In about 1879 a campaign began amongst the white man to take and occupy the land that had been sold as part of the treaty, the campaigners became known as "Boomers".

In 1889 the "Indian Appropriations Act" (the 4th act to take the name) was signed by President Grover Cleveland. Thus creating the "Land Rush of 1889", anyone who claimed "The Unassigned Lands" would become the legal owner. The day of reckoning came on April 22, 1889, people lined up awaiting the start of the rush. However some people crossed the start line early, waiting in secret until such time as they could legally lay claim to the land. These people became known as Sooners.

Originally Sooner was used as an insult, but over time it's been adopted by the state to signify the state's pioneer spirit, to the extent that the state's official nickname is the "Sooner State", and the state university adopted the nickname for their sports teams.

Introduction: Started play in 1895, pre-dating statehood by 12 years. By 1903 they were a Division I Independent. They would join the Southwest Conference as founding members in 1915. In 1920 they joined the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, 13 years after it's founding. In 1928 6 schools broke away from the MVIAA to form the Big 6.

Biggest achievement: The Sooners claim 7 National Championships

1950, under HoF coach Bud Wilkinson they would go 10-1, winning the Big 7, but losing the Sugar Bowl to 11-1 SEC champions #3 Kentucky, in spite of this Kentucky would finish #7 in the AP poll, and Oklahoma #1, once again proving the AP's anti SEC bias.

1955, Wilkinson's 9th season, the team went 11-0, winning the Big 7 and the Orange Bowl vs Maryland, they would finish #1 in the AP.

1956, Wilkinson's 9th season, the team went 10-0, winning the Big 7, however they would not go bowling. They would finish #1 in the AP.

From 1953 to 1957 they would go on a 47 game winning streak, the longest ever, the longest by a P5 since was by Miami (FL), at 34 2000–2002.

1974, under HoF coach Barry Switzer they would go 11-0, winning the Big 8, they would not go to a bowl game, but would finish #1 in the AP.

1975, in Switzer's 3rd season they would go 11-1, winning the Big 8 and the Orange Bowl vs Michigan. Their only loss would come to 7-5 Kansas. They would finish #1 in the AP.

1985, Switzer's 13th season, they would go 11-1, winning the Big 8 and the Orange Bowl vs Penn State. Their only loss would come to PS #9 Miami (FL). They would finish #1 in the AP.

2000, in Bob Stoops' 2nd season they would go 13-0, winning the Big 12 and defeating BCS #2 Florida State in the Orange Bowl to be named BCS National Champions.

Biggest Failure: The John Blake era, Blake coached 3 seasons, 1996-1998. He was responsible for one of their 2 3 season losing streaks, and their worst season ever. Over the 3 years they went 12-22.

Rivals: Oklahoma State, "Bedlam", located 85 miles apart, the two first meet in 1904, and have played ever year since 1910. Oklahoma leads the series 86–18–7.

The name "Bedlam" actually comes from the wrestling rivalry between the two schools, and the raucous crowds the sport would bring, and of course originates form London's Bethlem Royal Hospital.

Texas, used to be called " The Red River Shootout", now "The Red River Showdown", the two first meet in 1900, and have played every year since 1929 for 111 meetings, Texas leads, 61–45–5. The game is played at the Cotton Bowl every year during the State Fair of Texas. Ticket sales are split 50/50 along the half way line.

Oklahoma has also faced Big 12 foes Kansas (101, 73-22-6), Kansas State (96, 73-19-4) and (81, 74-5-2) 50+ times, as well as defunct series with Missouri (SEC, 93, 66-22-5), Nebraska (Big Ten, 86, 45-38-3 and Colorado (Pac-12, 59, 40-17-2).

Mascot: The Sooner Schooner, pulled by Boomer and Sooner, it is a scaled down replica of Conestoga wagon used by settlers of the Oklahoma Territory. It is driven onto the field after every TD.



Colours: Crimson and Cream, chosen by May Overstreet in 1895, the only female member of faculty at the time.

Traditions: "Play Like a Champion Today", a sign above the tunnel, Notre Dame have the exact same phrase in a similar location which is perhaps more well known, but Oklahoma's pre dates it by about 30 years.

Head coach: Lincoln Riley, former Texas Tech QB. He started coaching in 2002 as a student assistant at TTU. In 2010 he became OC at East Carolina, leaving for the same role at Oklahoma in 2015. In 2017 he was named HC of Oklahoma after the shock retirement of Bob Stoops. September 2nd 2017 vs UTEP will be his first game as a HC at any level. His first road game will come in week 2 @ Ohio State.

Oklahoma has 63 All Americans:

Captain Waddy Young, E, 1938, college football HoF

Jim Weatherall, L, 1950 and 1951, college football HoF.

Billy Vessels, B, 1952, 1952 Heisman Trophy Winner, college football HoF.

Jd Roberts, L, 1953, college football HoF.

Kurt Burris, L, 1954, college football HoF.

Jerry Tubbs, L, 1956, accademia All American, college football HoF.

Tommy McDonald, B, 1956, college and pro football HoF.

Clendon Thomas, B, 1957, college football HoF.

Ralph Neely, L, 1964, 3 time first team All Pro, 1960s NFL All Decade.

Steve Owens, B, 1969, 1969 Heisman Trophy Winner, college football HoF.

Greg Pruitt, RB, 1971 and 1972, college football HoF.

Tom Brahaney, OL, 1971 and 1972, college football HoF.

Joe Washington, RB, 1974, college football HoF.

Rod Shoate, LB, 1973 and 1974, college football HoF.

Lee Roy Selmon, DL, 1975, #1 overall pick of the 1976 NFL draft, one time first team All Pro, 1980s NFL All Decade, 1979 NFL Defensive player of the year, number retired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, college and pro football HoF.

Billy Sims, RB, 1978 and 1979, 1978 Heisman Trophy Winner, #1 overall pick of the 1980 NFL draft, college football HoF.

Tony Casillas, DL, 1984 and 1985, college football HoF.

Brian Bosworth, LB, 1985 and 1986, college football HoF.

Keith Jackson, TE, 1986 and 1987, 3 time first team All Pro, college football HoF.

Roy Williams, DB, 2001, one time first team All Pro.

Rocky Calmus, LB, 2000 and 2001

Jason White, QB, 2003, 2003 Heisman Trophy Winner.

Teddy Lehman, LB, 2002 and 2003.

Tommie Harris, DL, 2002 and 2003

Adrian Peterson, RB, 2004, 4 time first team All Pro, 2012 NFL MVP, 2012 NFL offensive player of the year, holds the record for most rushing yards in a game.

Jammal Brown, OL, 2004, one time first team All Pro.

Sam Bradford, QB, 2008, 2008 Heisman Trophy Winner, holds the NFL record for single season completion percentage, #1 overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft.

Duke Robinson, OL, 2007 and 2008

Gerald McCoy, DL, 2009, one time first team All Pro.

Ryan Broyles, WR, 2010 and 2011

Gabe Ikard, OL, 2013, 3 time Academic All American, Academic All American of the year 2013.

Other players of note:

Bobby Boyd, DB, 3 time first team All Pro, 1960s NFL All Decade.

Stadium: Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, opened 1923, 86,000 capacity.


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And then there was one.
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I believe it was the Cherokee, not the Seminoles, who were forcibly marched to Oklahoma. But you were right about the connection to the Confederacy. The last Confederate General to surrender was Stand Watie, a full Cherokee Indian.
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I believe it was the Cherokee, not the Seminoles, who were forcibly marched to Oklahoma. But you were right about the connection to the Confederacy. The last Confederate General to surrender was Stand Watie, a full Cherokee Indian.
Maybe I'm getting confused, I know the Seminoles were displaced from their land, and relocated to Oklahoma, I know there were death marches, which the Cherokee got the worst of (Trail of Tears), I assumed the same process happened for all five tribes who were relocated.

But really this is from an hour of research so I can't 100% verify the historical accuracy, and everything that is written in these threads should be taken with a pinch of salt (especially the name of Florida State's stadium).
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