1956 Oklahoma Sooners football team

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1956 Oklahoma Sooners football
Consensus national champion
Big Seven champion
Conference Big Seven Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1956 record10–0 (6–0 Big 7)
Head coach
Home stadium Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 55,647)
Seasons
  1955
1957  
1956 Big Seven Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Oklahoma $600  1000
No. 20 Colorado 411  821
Missouri 321  451
Nebraska 330  460
Kansas 240  361
Kansas State 240  370
Iowa State 060  280
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1956 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. It was the 62nd season of play for the Sooners and they repeated as consensus national champions. They were led by hall of fame head coach Bud Wilkinson, in his tenth season. On the field, the Sooners were led on offense by quarterback Jim Harris, and played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma.

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After another undefeated season, Oklahoma was first in both final polls in early December. [1] Their winning streak was up to forty games, [2] but they did not play in a bowl game due to the Big Seven's no-repeat rule; [1] runner-up Colorado was invited to and won the Orange Bowl.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 29 North Carolina *No. 1W 36–057,559 [3]
October 6 Kansas State No. 1
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 66–039,981 [3]
October 13vs. Texas *No. 1 NBC W 45–075,504 [3]
October 20at Kansas No. 1W 34–1230,129 [3]
October 27at Notre Dame *No. 2NBCW 40–060,128 [3]
November 3at No. 18 Colorado No. 1W 27–1946,563 [3]
November 10at Iowa State No. 1W 44–011,409 [3]
November 17 Missouri No. 1
W 67–1457,647 [3]
November 24 Nebraska No. 1
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK (rivalry)
W 54–650,039 [3]
December 1at Oklahoma A&M *No. 1W 53–036,500 [3]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster

Game summaries

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  • Date: October 13
  • Location: Cotton Bowl
  • Game attendance: 75,504
  • Game weather: 83°F
  • Television network: NBC

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Awards

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Postseason

NFL draft

The following players were drafted into the National Football League following the season. [6]

PlayerPositionRoundPickFranchise
Jerry Tubbs Center110 Chicago Cardinals
Tommy McDonald Wide Receiver331 Philadelphia Eagles
Jimmy Harris Quarterback550Philadelphia Eagles
Billy Pricer Back665 Baltimore Colts
Ed Gray Tackle775 Los Angeles Rams
Bob DerrickBack12142Chicago Cardinals
Tom Emerson Guard28336 Chicago Bears

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  6. "1957 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 29, 2020.