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Bud Wilkinson of Oklahoma became the epitome of the buttoned-down coach in the buttoned-down decade. He became The Man with the Gray Flannel Whistle, and his teams played with the same cold efficiency that radiated from his sideline. No team in the modern era has won won like Wilkinson's Sooners: He had a 31-game winning streak from his second season, 1948, to the 1951 Orange Bowl, a 47-game winning streak from 1953 to 1957 and a record for the decade of 93-10-2 (.895). The Sooners won three national championships (1950, 1955 and 1956). More importantly, with the 47-game streak they set a standard that has grown into college football's equivalent of Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. The Clipper's streak is 67 years strong. The Sooners' streak turned 50 last year. No team has come within 12 games.