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What Florida fans should know about Texas and Oklahoma as they join the SEC

With the Longhorns and Sooners headed to the SEC, here’s a primer for Florida college football fans.
Florida doesn't have a long history with Texas or Oklahoma, but there have been some epic moments, like the Gators topping the Sooners to win the 2008 national title.
Florida doesn't have a long history with Texas or Oklahoma, but there have been some epic moments, like the Gators topping the Sooners to win the 2008 national title. [ Times (2009) ]
Published Jul. 29
Updated Jul. 29

Now that Texas and Oklahoma have been invited to the SEC, here’s what Florida college football fans need to know about their new competitors and colleagues:

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University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Sooner Schooner is coming to the SEC.
Oklahoma's Sooner Schooner is coming to the SEC. [ SUE OGROCKI | AP (2019) ]

Location: Norman, Okla.

Undergraduate enrollment: 21,768

U.S. News & World Report ranking: No. 133

Athletic expenses: $158 million (No. 8 nationally)

Football revenue: $101.9 million

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National championships: 1950, 1955-56, 1975, 1985 and 2000. Also shared one with USC in 1974.

College Football Playoff appearances: Four (2015, 2017-19)

Heisman Trophy winners: RB Billy Vessels (1952), RB Steve Owens (1969), RB Billy Sims (1978), QB Jason White (2003), QB Sam Bradford (2008), QB Baker Mayfield (2017) and QB Kyler Murray (2018)

Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray won back-to-back Heisman Trophies for Oklahoma and were back-to-back No. 1 overall picks.
Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray won back-to-back Heisman Trophies for Oklahoma and were back-to-back No. 1 overall picks.

2020 season: Won a sixth consecutive Big 12 title. Finished 9-2 and ranked No. 6 in the AP poll.

Recent recruiting: Last four classes have all been ranked between sixth and 12th nationally. Recently got an oral commitment from California QB Malachi Nelson, a top-five national prospect in the 2023 class.

Moment Gators fans will love: Oklahoma didn’t just keep FSU from winning the 2000 title. The Sooners did so while being coached by Bob Stoops, a former UF assistant under Steve Spurrier.

Bob Stoops had one of the biggest wins in Oklahoma history when he knocked off Florida State to win the 2000 national title.
Bob Stoops had one of the biggest wins in Oklahoma history when he knocked off Florida State to win the 2000 national title. [ Times (2001) ]

Florida history: Oklahoma blew out the Gators 55-20 in last year’s Cotton Bowl. Florida beat the Sooners in their only other meeting, 24-14, in Miami in the January 2009 national title game. Miami also won a national championship by beating Oklahoma with a 20-14 Orange Bowl triumph to close the Hurricanes’ undefeated 1987 season. The Sooners won it all in 2000 with a 13-2 Orange Bowl victory over Florida State.

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Notable local/state ties

Lee Roy Selmon is a legend in Oklahoma and in Tampa Bay.
Lee Roy Selmon is a legend in Oklahoma and in Tampa Bay. [ TIMES (1979) | St. Petersburg Times ]

The late Lee Roy Selmon is beloved in Oklahoma and Tampa Bay; he led the Sooners to back-to-back national titles, became the Bucs’ first Hall of Famer and started USF football. … Gerald McCoy starred at Oklahoma and went to six Pro Bowls with the Bucs. … Former UCF coach Josh Heupel quarterbacked Oklahoma to that 2000 national title. … The Sooners landed Tampa Bay’s top 2021 recruit, receiver Mario Williams (Plant City High), and developed Armwood High product Eric Striker into one of the nation’s top linebackers. … Oklahoma product Jason Bartlett was the MVP of the Rays’ 2008 World Series team and an All-Star shortstop the next year.

Related: Can former UCF coach Josh Heupel turn Tennessee around? Don’t bet on it.

University of Texas

Texas coach Steve Sarkisian has a Tampa connection thanks to his time as an Alabama assistant.
Texas coach Steve Sarkisian has a Tampa connection thanks to his time as an Alabama assistant. [ MICHAEL THOMAS | AP ]

Location: Austin, Texas

Undergraduate enrollment: 40,163

U.S. News & World Report ranking: No. 42

Athletic expenses: $204.2 million (largest nationally)

Football revenue: $144.4 million

Related: If Texas and Oklahoma want the SEC, be careful what you wish for

National championships: 1963, 1969 and 2005. Also shared one with Nebraska in 1970.

College Football Playoff appearances: Zero.

Heisman Trophy winners: RB Earl Campbell (1977) and RB Ricky Williams (1998).

Ricky Williams starred for the Longhorns.
Ricky Williams starred for the Longhorns. [ SUZANNE PLUNKETT | AP (1998) ]

2020 season: Finished 7-3 and ranked No. 19 in final AP poll.

Recent recruiting: 2021 class was ranked No. 15 during a coaching transition. Previous three were ranked eighth, third and third.

Moment Gators fans will love: Texas mascot, Bevo, charged Georgia’s bulldog, Uga, before the January 2019 Sugar Bowl.

Florida history: The Gators and Longhorns last met in 1940 but agreed to a 2030-31 home-and-home series two years ago. Texas has never faced FSU and hasn’t played Miami since a 46-3 blowout loss in the January 1991 Cotton Bowl. The Longhorns were supposed to play a three-game series with USF, but Texas pulled out of two of those games and the third (last year’s opener in Austin) was called off because of the pandemic.

Related: From the archives: What was the 1940 Florida-Texas game like?
Charlie Strong had the hand gesture down when he went from Texas to USF.
Charlie Strong had the hand gesture down when he went from Texas to USF. [ Times (2016) ]

Notable local/state ties: USF hired Charlie Strong after he went 16-21 as Texas’ coach from 2014-16. He was fired after going 21-16 with the Bulls and is now a Jaguars assistant under his former UF boss, Urban Meyer. … Former Texas quarterback Chris Simms helped take the Bucs to the playoffs in 2005. … Plant High product Andrew Beck was an all-Big 12 tight end for the Longhorns in 2018. … First-year coach Steve Sarkisian was elevated to offensive coordinator at Alabama just before the January 2017 national championship against Clemson at Raymond James Stadium. … J.P. Howell helped Texas make the College World Series final before pitching in 252 games with the Rays/Devil Rays. … Gators WR Jordan Pouncey transferred from Texas.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, 247Sports

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