It’s been a long-running joke among Oklahoma haters that “Big Game” Bob Stoops isn’t actually a big-game coach at all.
Since winning the national title in 2001, the Sooners have been up and down in bowl games, getting upset by heavy underdogs like Boise State and West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl but then winning lower-tier bowls like the Insight over Iowa last season.
But there’s one thing “Big Game Bob” and Oklahoma hardly ever have to deal with: Being listed as an underdog in bowl season.
College football rivalry games can be among the most difficult to handicap.
But some coaches have dominated their rivals consistently, including Steve Spurrier, whose South Carolina Gamecocks are 4-point underdogs at Clemson this evening. Read on for a look at some of the best spread-covering coaches in rivalry games.