Well I know every Bama fan in the country will be pulling for Oklahoma on Saturday night. But I’ve been following this game, Oklahoma v. Okie St., for a long time and I’ve always pulled for Oklahoma except on the rare occasion when Alabama needed an Okie St win. That was the case in 73, 74 and of course 2008. Oklahoma killed Okie St. all of those years, so Okie St. was as ususal of no value. This year however is the first year that I’ve not only pulled for Oklahoma, but an Oklahoma win would really help Alabama. Nevertheless, I thought I’d give you my favorite reasons to pull for Oklahoma over Okie St.
1. Tradition: I’m not afraid of pulling for a team with a great tradition because I respect real tradition as opposed to made up tradition like AU. Oklahoma does not have as great a tradition as Bama, but I would put their tradition in the top five. I think the greatest real traditions in college football are Alabama, USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Ohio St. I hate Notre Dame and Ohio St, for various reasons. I can stand USC. But, I like Oklahoma. As far as Okie St. they have no tradition.
2. Uniforms and colors: Oklahoma has classic uniforms and their colors are Crimson and Cream. I think, behind us, they have the second best uniforms in college football. Okie St. uniforms are terrible. Their colors are orange and black. Besides looking like Halloween, these are the absolute 2 worst colors for a school to have. The bottom line is that I do not like even 1 team with Orange uniforms. Not one.
3. Fans: Well this is subjective, but I’ve known and been around fans from both schools and Oklahoma fans are classy, Okie St. fans are redneck hooligans.
4. Campus/Town: Norman is a nice little city of about 100k and is really a suburb of Ok. City. Stillwater is a small town in the middle of no where. I’d rather live in Norman 10 to 1 over the redneck city of Stillwater. I’m sorry but I don’t like Garth Brooks and Stillwater is all about Garth Brooks claiming he got his start there and such.
When you step back and look at this rivalry what do you see? It is Alabama and Auburn in the west. Everything about Oklahoma looks like Bama and everything about Okie St (formally Oklahoma A&M) looks like Auburn. Rooting for Oklahoma has always been a no brainer.
Go Sooners. 45-42.