This weekend Ohio State takes on Oklahoma in what is sure to be a great prime time match up. Historic programs, great coaches, and talent across the board. We all praise Urban Meyer’s greatness but let’s not forget about Bob Stoops as well. Over the course of his career people have sarcastically labeled him as “Big Game Bob” for his apparent inability to win the BIG games. Well, I’m here to prove that assumption as a myth.
A little bit about Big Game Bob:
In Bob’s 18 years at Oklahoma he has a career record of 180-47 which is a winning percentage of .79% – For comparison, Jim Tressel whom many in Columbus still adore had a career record of 106-22 for a winning percentage of 82%. Extremely comparable.
Oh and did I mention – Stoops reached 100 victories faster than any coach in college football history.
Has led the Sooners to a school-record 17 consecutive bowl berths, Is the only coach in the BCS era to win a national championship and every BCS bowl game (Fiesta, Orange, Rose, Sugar). Has 13 seasons of 10 or more wins, the most of any FBS coach since 2000.
Owns a 96-8 home record, which included a school-record 39-game winning streak (ninth longest in college football history) and two 19-game strings. The .923 home winning percentage is the best among Power 5 programs (Ohio State is second at .875).
In the 17-year Stoops era, no team has more AP top-five appearances than OU’s 121. Alabama (113) is next, followed by Ohio State (98), USC (86) and Florida (82) and Texas (82).
And won the NATIONAL TITLE in 2000
Now back to the big games myth:
So what qualifies as a BIG GAME? To me it’s all about Top 25 wins. Sure, this isn’t always an apples to apples comparison and some of these rankings change over the course of the year, but Big Game Bob is 55-29 against AP Top 25 foes during his tenure with 20 wins against AP top-10 squads and 11 victories against top-five teams. Over the course of his career he’s best in the BIG 12 and 3rd in college football to Urban Meyer and Jimbo Fisher.
Bowl games – I would argue that these aren’t always “Big Games” and unless it’s the playoffs or one of the NYE 6 games it’s basically a crap shoot. However, in bowl games Bob Stoops is a combined 8-8. Not terrible.
The below graph is a combined records vs top 25 teams throughout their careers. The data is prior to last season but it’s still great company to be leading. Even better than Nick Saban…
Man – If all of that means he can’t win a big game then sign me up. We will take him at ND. It’s also amazing that he has been there for his 18th season. In today’s world that is unheard of.