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:
University of Oklahoma
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
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)
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.
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.
Notable local/state ties
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.
University of Texas
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
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).
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.
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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