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OU Football History & Tradition | Conference Titles | Big 12 Titles | Updated Jan. 8, 2019

Oklahoma has played in six conferences over its history beginning with the Southwest Conference in 1915. Since that time, the Sooners have won more than 75 percent of their conference games and captured 48 conference championships.

 OU in Conference
Conference Span Seasons Record Pct. Total Games Championships
Big 12 1996- 24 145-47 .755 192 12
Big 8 1960-1995 36 193-54-5 .776 252 16
Big 7 1948-1959 12 70-1-1 .979 72 12
Big 6 1928-1947 20 63-28-9 .675 100 5
Missouri Valley 1920-1927 8 19-20-6 .489 45 1
Southwest 1915-1919 5 10-3-1 .750 14 2
  103 Seasons 500-153-22 .757 675 48

Colorado and Nebraska departed the Big 12 Conference following the 2010 season. Following the 2011 season, Texas A&M and Missouri left the conference while TCU and West Virginia joined.  

 Big 12 Conference
Year
Conf. Rec.
Finish Champions 1st Team All-Conf. Overall Coach
2018 8-1 1st Champions 7 12-2 Lincoln Riley
2017 8-1 1st Champions 6 12-2 Lincoln Riley
2016 9-0 1st Champions 7 11-2 Bob Stoops
2015 8-1 1st Champions 9 11-2 Bob Stoops
2014 5-4 T-4th 6 8-5 Bob Stoops
2013 7-2 T-2nd 4 11-2 Bob Stoops
2012 8-1 T-1st Champions 4 10-3 Bob Stoops
2011 6-3 4th 6 10-3 Bob Stoops
2010 6-2 1st South Champions 5 12-2 Bob Stoops
2009 5-3 4th South 4 8-5 Bob Stoops
2008 7-1 1st South Champions 9 12-2 Bob Stoops
2007 6-2 1st South Champions 6 11-3 Bob Stoops
2006 7-1 1st South Champions 6 11-3 Bob Stoops
2005 6-2 2nd South 5 8-4 Bob Stoops
2004 8-0 1st South Champions 10 12-1 Bob Stoops
2003 8-0 1st South 11 12-2 Bob Stoops
2002 6-2 1st South Champions 7 12-2 Bob Stoops
2001 6-2 2nd South 6 11-2 Bob Stoops
2000 8-0 1st South Champions 9 13-0 Bob Stoops
1999 5-3 2nd South 2 7-5 Bob Stoops
1998 3-5 4th South 1 5-6 John Blake
1997 2-6 4th South 1 4-8 John Blake
1996 3-5 4th South 1 3-8 John Blake
145-47 (.755) | 192 total Big 12 Conference games in 24 seasons

Four members of the defunct Southwest Conference (Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech) joined with the original Big 8 conference members to form the Big 12 Conference. The conference was split into two divisions of six teams each with the North and South division champions playing for the title in the conference championship game.

 Big 8 Conference
Year
Conf. Rec.
Finish Champions 1st Team All-Conf. Overall Coach
1995 2-5 T-5th 3 5-5-1 Schnellenberger
1994 4-3 4th 3 6-6 Gary Gibbs
1993 4-3 4th 4 9-3 Gary Gibbs
1992 3-2-2 4th 1 5-4-2 Gary Gibbs
1991 5-2 3rd 5 9-3 Gary Gibbs
1990 5-2 T-2nd 5 8-3 Gary Gibbs
1989 5-2 3rd 3 8-3 Gary Gibbs
1988 6-1 2nd 6 9-3 Barry Switzer
1987 7-0 1st Champions 9 11-1 Barry Switzer
1986 7-0 1st Champions 10 11-1 Barry Switzer
1985 7-0 1st Champions 8 10-1 Barry Switzer
1984 6-1 1st Champions 4 9-2-1 Barry Switzer
1983 5-2 T-2nd 5 8-4 Barry Switzer
1982 6-1 2nd 6 8-4 Barry Switzer
1981 4-2-1 2nd 5 9-3 Barry Switzer
1980 7-0 1st Champions 4 10-2 Barry Switzer
1979 7-0 1st Champions 6 11-1 Barry Switzer
1978 6-1 T-1st Champions 10 11-1 Barry Switzer
1977 7-0 1st Champions 7 10-2 Barry Switzer
1976 5-2 T-1st Champions 4 9-3 Barry Switzer
1975 6-1 1st Champions 8 11-1 Barry Switzer
1974 7-0 1st Champions 11 11-0 Barry Switzer
1973 7-0 1st Champions 7 10-0-1 Barry Switzer
1972 6-1 1st Champions 8 11-1 Chuck Fairbanks
1971 6-1 2nd 9 11-1 Chuck Fairbanks
1970 5-2 T-2nd 3 7-4-1 Chuck Fairbanks
1969 4-3 4th 4 6-4 Chuck Fairbanks
1968 6-1 1st Champions 5 7-4 Chuck Fairbanks
1967 7-0 1st Champions 5 10-1 Chuck Fairbanks
1966 4-3 5th 3 6-4 Jim Mackenzie
1965 3-4 5th 1 3-7 Gomer Jones
1964 5-1-1 2nd 4 6-4-1 Gomer Jones
1963 6-1 2nd 4 8-2 Bud Wilkinson
1962 7-0 1st Champions 5 8-3 Bud Wilkinson
1961 4-3 4th 1 5-5 Bud Wilkinson
1960 2-4-1 5th 1 3-6-1 Bud Wilkinson
 193-54-5 (.776) | 252 total Big 8 Conference games in 36 seasons

Oklahoma State joined the conference for the 1958 season increasing the membership from seven to eight.

 Big 7 Conference
Year
Conf. Rec.
Finish Champions 1st Team All-Conf. Overall Coach
1959 6-1 1st Champions 3 7-3 Bud Wilkinson
1958 7-0 1st Champions 6 10-1 Bud Wilkinson
1957 6-0 1st Champions 5 10-1 Bud Wilkinson
1956 6-0 1st Champions 7 10-0 Bud Wilkinson
1955 6-0 1st Champions 7 11-0 Bud Wilkinson
1954 6-0 1st Champions 6 10-0 Bud Wilkinson
1953 6-0 1st Champions 6 9-1-1 Bud Wilkinson
1952 5-0-1 1st Champions 8 8-1-1 Bud Wilkinson
1951 6-0 1st Champions 9 8-2 Bud Wilkinson
1950 6-0 1st Champions 8 10-1 Bud Wilkinson
1949 5-0 1st Champions 5 11-0 Bud Wilkinson
1948 5-0 1st Champions 6 10-1 Bud Wilkinson
 70-1-1 (.979) | 72 total Big 7 Conference games in 12 seasons

Colorado joined the conference for the 1948 season increasing the membership from six to seven.

 Big 6 Conference
Year
Conf. Rec.
Finish Champions 1st Team All-Conf. Overall Coach
1947 4-0-1 T-1st Champions 5 8-1-2 Bud Wilkinson
1946 4-1 T-1st Champions 7 8-3 Jim Tatum
1945 4-1 2nd 5 5-5 Dewey Luster
1944 4-0-1 1st Champions 4 6-3-1 Dewey Luster
1943 5-0 1st Champions 6 7-2 Dewey Luster
1942 3-1-1 2nd 6 3-5-2 Dewey Luster
1941 3-2 T-2nd 2 6-3 Dewey Luster
1940 4-1 2nd 4 6-3 Tom Stidham
1939 3-2 3rd 5 6-2-1 Tom Stidham
1938 5-0 1st Champions 6 10-1 Tom Stidham
1937 3-1-1 2nd 4 5-2-2 Tom Stidham
1936 1-2-2 4th 2 3-3-3 Lawrence Jones
1935 3-2 2nd 4 6-3 Lawrence Jones
1934 2-2-1 3rd 4 3-4-2 Lewie Hardage
1933 3-2 3rd 4 4-4-1 Lewie Hardage
1932 3-2 T-2nd 2 4-4-1 Lewie Hardage
1931 1-4 T-5th 1 4-7-1 Adrian Lindsey
1930 3-1-1 2nd 2 4-3-1 Adrian Lindsey
1929 2-2-1 4th 1 3-3-2 Adrian Lindsey
1928 3-2 T-2nd 1 5-3 Adrian Lindsey
 63-28-9 (.675) | 100 total Big 6 Conference games in 20 seasons

For the 1928 season, Oklahoma joined Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa State, Kansas and Kansas State to form the Big 6 Conference.

 Missouri Valley Conference
Year
Conf. Rec.
Finish Champions 1st Team All-Conf. Overall Coach
1927 2-3 7th 1 3-3-2 Adrian Lindsey
1926 3-2-1 5th 3 5-2-1 Bennie Owen
1925 3-3-1 5th - 4-3-1 Bennie Owen
1924 2-3-1 6th 1 3-5-1 Bennie Owen
1923 2-4 6th 1 3-5 Bennie Owen
1922 1-2-2 6th 1 2-3-3 Bennie Owen
1921 2-3 T-7th 1 5-3 Bennie Owen
1920 4-0-1 1st Champions 5 6-0-1 Bennie Owen
 19-20-6 (.489) | 45 total Missouri Valley Conference games in eight seasons

Oklahoma joined the Missouri Valley Conference for the 1920 season which consisted of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa State, Drake, Washington (of Missouri), Grinnell and Kansas State. Nebraska joined the conference in 1921 after being an independent during the 1919 and 1920 seasons.

 Southwest Conference
 Year
 Conf. Rec.
 Finish  Champions  1st Team All-Conf.  Overall  Coach
1919 2-1 3rd 4 5-2-3 Bennie Owen
1918 2-0 1st Champions - 6-0 Bennie Owen
1917 1-1-1 3rd 2 6-3-1 Bennie Owen
1916 2-1 T-3rd 1 6-5 Bennie Owen
1915 3-0 1st Champions 6 10-0 Bennie Owen
 10-3-1 (.750) | 14 total Southwest Conference games in five seasons

Oklahoma joined the Southwest Conference for the 1915 season which consisted of Baylor, Arkansas, Texas, Texas A&M, Rice, Oklahoma A&M (later to become Oklahoma State), and Southwestern University (in Georgetown, Texas). Southwestern departed after the 1916 season while Rice and SMU joined in the 1918 season.

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