Happy Monday, Sooner Nation! The Oklahoma Sooners are now 47 days away from kicking off their 2017 season, so today we thought we’d look back at the most impressive winning streak of all-time — 47 straight.
Heading into Bud Wilkinson’s seventh season in 1953, the Sooners were about to permanently etch their names in history with one of the most impressive feats in all of sport. Beginning with a 19-14 win over Texas in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Oct. 10, 1953, OU would not lose again until five seasons later on November 16, 1957, when Notre Dame — the last team to have beaten OU way back in the ’53 season opener — ended the streak with a 7-0 win in Norman.
Wilkinson’s mark was even more impressive considering he’d led his Sooners on a separate 31-game win streak spanning from the 1948-1950 seasons. But Oklahoma’s mark of 47-straight remains untouched, barely threatened, as the closest any program came ever since was Toledo’s 35-straight between the 1969-71 seasons.
In more recent years, Miami in 2000-03 and USC in 2003-05 each amassed 34-straight winning streaks of their own, but no one has even dreamt of coming close to the Sooners’ all-time mark. The coach of three national championship teams and the leader of the greatest win streak in college football history, Wilkinson retired in 1963, and left behind a one-of-a-kind record and legacy that will never be forgotten.