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Wikipedia and how I won OU another 16 National Championships




Awhile back I got into a discussion with another Wikipedia editor about National Championships in college football. I edited an article on Notre Dame football which made the preposterous claim that ND had won (at the time), as I recall, something like 23 National Titles in college football. Now the REAL number of national titles they had won, titles awarded in the AP era (starting in 1936), was 8. Granted, a very impressive number. HOWEVER ND itself officially claimed another 3, plus many of their fans claimed another 12 based on "retro" polls done by computers and pundits. Last season ND "won" another national title in football, despite getting raped by Alabama 42-14 in the BCS title game (and the game wasn't as close as the score). Speaking of Alabama....how many titles are they claiming now? Granted, they have a fantastic history of success, but the Bama fans have always claimed many more titles than they have actually earned. But I digress. I argued that it wasn't fair for a school like Oklahoma, which only recognizes the 7 titles they have won under the AP/UPI, to be penalized in their number of titles when compared to other college football powerhouses, such as ND and Alabama, which have far looser standards. I stated that all the schools should utilize the same standards for the number of awarded titles.

Well, today I finally got around to addressing that grievance. I edited two Wikipedia pages to reflect the number of titles OU has under the loose rules of Alabama and Notre Dame. I have to admit that I was a bit shocked to see how many titles OU has won under those rules....twenty-three! And we even have a few titles with 2 loss teams (Yay! We join Alabama and ND in that distincton). Not only that, one of our "champs" finished 8-4 (although 3 of the "losses" were mandatory forfeits by the NCAA after we creamed those opponents). I have to wonder how long it will be until someone, probably an ND fan, or an Alabama fan, revises my edits. The links are below if any of you guys are curious. Oh, and I did make one other edit. In the first article there was a statement about OU being "a dominant team" in all the conferences it's participated in...I changed it to "THE dominant team".

I think I deserve special recognition from the Sooner Nation for addressing a terrible miscarriage of justice, and for singlehandedly winning the Sooners another 16 National Titles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_Sooners_football

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Oklahoma_Sooners_football_championships

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