If you are looking for a school with obsessed football fans who never miss a game and tailgate into the wee hours of the morning, look elsewhere. Sports are just not that big of a draw for OU students. Sure, there are pretty big crowds for the Miami and Homecoming games, but other than that, the bleachers are most often filled with more Athens citizens than students. Basketball draws a little more student support, thanks to the O-Zone student section, but for the most part, students are not die-hard OU sports fans. Interestingly enough, OU's marching band, the Marching 110, is more popular than most sports teams, thanks to their energetic, eccentric performances. They're so popular that a lot of people go to the football games just to watch the band; after their performances during halftime, people actually get up and leave!
On the other hand, intramural sports are really popular, so if you don't have the time (or talent) to play varsity, join one of the many intramural teams at OU. Students really get into their teams, and the competition is always fun and friendly. They are a great way to get your sports fix, meet people, and get a good workout. The same goes for club sports, especially the rugby teams, which have some of the wildest parties on campus. So, before you count out sports at OU, consider IM and club, both of which have a lot to offer students.