1938 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big Six champion
Orange Bowl, L 0–17 vs. Tennessee
ConferenceBig Six Conference
Ranking
APNo. 4
1938 record10–1 (5–0 Big 6)
Head coach
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium (Capacity: 32,000)
Seasons
← 1937
1939 →
1938 Big Six Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 Oklahoma $ 5 0 0 10 1 0
Iowa State 3 1 1 7 1 1
Missouri 2 3 0 6 3 0
Nebraska 2 3 0 3 5 1
Kansas State 1 3 1 4 4 1
Kansas 1 4 0 3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1938 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1938 college football season. In their second year under head coach Tom Stidham, the Sooners compiled a 10–1 record (5–0 against conference opponents), won the school's first Big Six Conference football championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 185 to 29. The team's only loss came in the 1939 Orange Bowl, losing to Tennessee by a 17 to 0 score.[1][2][3]

End Waddy Young (Walter R. Young) received All-America honors in 1938,[4] and six Sooners received all-conference honors: Young, guards Jerry Bolton and Ralph Stevenson, backs Earl Crowder and Hugh McCullough, and tackle Gilford Duggan.[5]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
October 1at Rice*W 7–618,000
October 8vs. Texas*W 13–0
October 15at KansasW 19–0
October 22NebraskaNo. 14W 14–028,091
October 29TulsaNo. 10
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 28–617,000
November 5Kansas StateNo. 11
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 26–0
November 12MissouriNo. 10
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK (rivalry)
W 21–0
November 19at Iowa StateNo. 7W 10–017,864
November 26at Oklahoma A&M*No. 6W 19–0
December 3at Washington State*No. 5
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 28–015,529
January 2, 1939vs. No. 2 Tennessee*No. 4L 0–1732,191
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[6]

NFL Draft

The following players were drafted into the National Football League following the season.[7]

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Waddy Young End 3 20 Brooklyn Dodgers
Hugh McCullough Back 4 26 Pittsburgh Pirates
Earl Crowder Quarterback 10 82 Chicago Cardinals
Jim Thomas Guard 12 102 Chicago Cardinals
Cliff Duggan Tackle 15 140 New York Giants

Rankings

See also: 1938 NCAA football rankings

The first AP Poll for 1938 came out on October 17. The Sooners were ranked fourteenth in the first poll. They finished the year ranked fourth.

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Final 
AP Not released 14 10 11 10 (1) 7 (1) 6 5 4

References

  1. ^ "Oklahoma Yearly Results (1935-1939)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "1938 Oklahoma Sooners Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "Vols win, 17–0 before 32,000 berserk fans". The Miami Herald. January 3, 1939. Retrieved August 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "2014 Oklahoma Football Records Supplement" (PDF). University of Oklahoma. 2014. p. 90. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "2014 Oklahoma Football Records Supplement" (PDF). University of Oklahoma. 2014. p. 95. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  6. ^ DeLassus, David. "Oklahoma Yearly Results 1935–1939". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  7. ^ "1939 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 29, 2020.