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The Oklahoma Sooners were the best football program of the 2000-2010 decade.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 8/14/2015 Category: Sports
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Sooner

Pro

The Oklahoma Sooners were the best college football program of the 2000-2010 decade. Other teams did have impressive streaks and success during this time, but I believe the Sooners did the most throughout the decade.
chrisjachimiak

Con

I thank "sooner" for this debate, and wish him the best of luck.

My arguments will be based off of 3 contentions.

Contention 1 is: The Oklahoma Sooners didn't win the most national championships in 2000-2010
According to the NCCA [1] during the 2000-2010 decade, the Division 1 Football National Champions were:
2010
Auburn
BCS
2009
Alabama
BCS
2008
Florida
BCS
2007
Louisiana State
BCS
2006
Florida
BCS
2005
Texas
BCS
2004
Southern California
BCS
2003
Louisiana State, Southern California
BCS, AP, FWAA
2002
Ohio State
BCS
2001
Miami (Fla.)
BCS
2000
Oklahoma
BCS

Oklahoma, won one national championship in the 2000-2010 decade. Whereas, Florida, Louisiana State, and and Southern California won two. Therefore Oklahoma wasn't the best team in College Football, if they didn't even win the most National Championships.

Contention 2 is: Oklahoma didn’t have the best overall record in the 2000-2010 decade.
Debate Round No. 1
Sooner

Pro

No, Oklahoma was not the "winningest" division 1 college football program during this period. They were second behind Boise State. Boise State was not in a BCS conference. Oklahoma was the winningest "BCS" football program of the decade. Boise State played in the WAC against much inferior competition, having no automatic births, and had to hope for certain things to happen to get any BCS bowl consideration.

Oklahoma played in 4 national championship games during this era in 2000, 2003, 2004, and 2008, more than any other program of that decade. Also, Oklahoma had more weeks ranked #1 in the BCS Poll than any program during this stretch.

Oklahoma holds the record for most consecutive 60+ point games, scoring 60 or more points for five straight games in 2008.

Oklahoma had 2 Heisman Trophy winners and 2 Heisman Trophy runner ups during this period. Jason White won it in 2003 and Sam Bradford won it in 2008. Josh Heupal was the runner up in 2000, and Adrian Peterson was the runner up in 2004. Worth noting, Jason White, finished 3rd in the Heisman voting in 2004 behind fellow Oklahoma Sooner, Adrian Peterson.

During his freshman season at Oklahoma, Adrian Peterson broke several NCAA freshman rushing records, rushing for 1,925 yards and leading the nation in carries with 339. In each of the first nine games of the season, he rushed for more than 100-yards, which is a freshman record.

The Oklahoma Sooners scored 716 points during the course of their 2008 season, setting an NCAA Division I record for most points scored in a single season. (Later broken by Florida State in 2013.)
https://en.m.wikipedia.org...

Oklahoma played in 4 national championship games during this time period. Worthy of mentioning, 3 of the 4 national championship games that Oklahoma played in were played in the home state of their opponent.

Florida State vs. Oklahoma
DateJanuary 3, 2001
Location:Pro Player Stadium,
Miami Gardens, FL

Date: January 4, 2004
Location: Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Florida vs. Oklahoma
Date: January 8, 2008
Location: Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

Reguarding to the 2005 BCS National Championship game between USC and Oklahoma, on June 10, 2010, USC was forced to vacate all games from December 2004 to the end of the 2005 season among other sanctions as the result of an NCAA investigation into the school's football and men's basketball programs. NCAA investigators released a report stating that a USC player, Reggie Bush, was ineligible beginning in December 2004. The NCAA ordered USC to vacate every win in which Bush appeared, including the 2005 Orange Bowl The 2005 Orange Bowl is the only BCS National Championship Game ever to be vacated by the winning team. Does this mean that Oklahoma actually won 2 national titles during this era? Officially, no. Unofficially, it's a matter of opinion.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org...
chrisjachimiak

Con

chrisjachimiak forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Sooner

Pro

In 2003 Antonio Perkins set the NCAA record for most punt returns for touchdowns in a single game, with three, as well as most punt return yards in a game with 277, against UCLA in 2003. He is tied with Wes Welker and Ted Ginn, Jr. for most punt return touchdowns in a career, in NCAA history, with eight. As a junior in 2003.

Sam Bradford played college football at Oklahoma and as a redshirt sophomore, Bradford became only the second sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.

During the November 24, 2007 game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Bradford broke the NCAA freshman record of 29 touchdowns by passing his 30th touchdown to Joe Jon Finley during the second quarter.

In week 8 of the following season against Kansas, Bradford surpassed quarterback coach Josh Heupel's school record for passing yards in a single game with 468 yards. Bradford led the Sooners to their third straight Big 12 Championship and defeated Missouri 62"21. In the process, the Sooners broke Hawaii's 2006 record for the most points in a single season with 702 points. Also, the Sooners were the first team in NCAA history who had scored 60 or more points in five straight games.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org...

During this era, Oklahoma won Big 12 Conference championships in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, combining for 7 conference titles in this stretch.
chrisjachimiak

Con

chrisjachimiak forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Sooner

Pro

During this era, Oklahoma won Big 12 Conference championships in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010, a combined 7 Big 12 Conference Championships.

The Sooners played in 4 BCS National Championship Games. In 2000 they won against Florida State in Florida. In 2003 they lost to LSU by 7 points in Louisiana. In 2004 they lost to Southern California who later forfeited the victory for cheating. In 2008 they lost to Florida in Florida. They are the only program to have played in 4 BCS National Championship Games. The next best played in 2.

The question; does it make a difference playing at home? Ask the Sooners' very opponents. During this era, Oklahoma only lost 3 times in a decade at home. Would LSU or Florida have beaten the Sooners in Oklahoma? We will never know.

And this is no strike of luck. Texas , of the Big 12, played in 2 National Championships in this era. Texas was known for having a top ten recruiting class nationally often during this stretch. Texas won 2 Big 12 Titles. Oklahoma won 7.

The level of competition only accentuates what the Sooners have accomplished. I couldn't find exact stats from 2000-2010, but from 2000-2011, they've played 41 games against conference opponents that were ranked among the AP top 25, including 14 against top 10 foes. In 2007, OU knocked off No. 1-ranked Missouri in the Big 12 Championship game at San Antonio.
www.soonersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&ATCLID=208368308
chrisjachimiak

Con

chrisjachimiak forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
Sooner

Pro

Since becoming head coach, Stoops has won eight conference championships, while no other team in the Big 12 has more than three.

Following the 2008 Season, ESPN ranked Oklahoma as the most prestigious college football program overall since the advent of the AP Poll in 1936.

Oklahoma is one of two schools (Ohio State) to have appeared in all five BCS bowl games (2001 Orange, 2003 Rose, 2004 Sugar, 2007 Fiesta, 2009 BCS NCG)

Oklahoma holds the NCAA record for the most points scored in a single season with 702 points through 12 games in the 2008 season (58.5 points per game).

In the 2010 NFL Draft, Oklahoma became the only school in the history of the NFL Draft to have three players selected in the first four picks of the draft.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org...
chrisjachimiak

Con

chrisjachimiak forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by birdlandmemories 1 year ago
birdlandmemories
In my opinion USC was the best program from 2001-2010. You could make an argument for Florida and Ohio State as well.
Posted by Sooner 1 year ago
Sooner
Unless they are playing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Posted by robertacollier 1 year ago
robertacollier
OP is living in the past. OK sucks balls.
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