NORMAN, Okla. — Since it was released that the two would partake in a home-and-home series, Sooner fans have been amped up about this one.
In yet another huge non-conference home game, the Sooners will play host to the Tennessee Volunteers on Sept. 13, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
It serves as the first-ever regular season meeting between the two illustrious programs who haven’t met since the 1968 Orange Bowl and played only one other time, in OU’s first of 45 bowl appearances in the 1939 Orange Bowl.
“We have always strived to feature marquee non-conference opponents on the Oklahoma schedule,” said OU vice president and director of athletics Joe Castiglione. “Our longtime philosophy of scheduling high-caliber FBS opponents becomes even more important in 2014 with strength of schedule factoring into the College Football Playoff equation. Without question, the opportunity to schedule a two-game, home-and-home series with a program with the tradition of Tennessee is a win-win for both programs and their passionate fan bases.”
The two will meet the next season at Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium in Knoxville to complete the series.
As for next year, OU opens up before that contest with an Aug. 30 date against Louisiana Tech, who finished 9-3 in 2012 and 8-5 the year before.
It’s the programs’ first meeting.
“Louisiana Tech is coming off back-to-back winning seasons and is a program that has traditionally sent numerous players to the NFL ranks,” Castiglione said. “The addition of the Bulldogs to our 2014 home schedule gives our fans a very strong slate of games at Owen Field next year.”
OU travels to Tulsa Sept. 20 after knocking off the Golden Hurricane 51-20 last weekend at Owen Field.
The Sooners are a perfect 7-0 all-time over Tulsa under head coach Bob Stoops and last won there in 2007, when they triumphed 62-21.
“We are excited to continue our in-state series with Tulsa as a way to acknowledge our appreciation for the tremendous support from our fans in that area of Oklahoma,” Castiglione said. “Northeast Oklahoma has long been a prime source of talent for the Sooners, not to mention that Tulsa is a respected program that registered 11 wins, including a bowl victory last season.
As always, the Sooners will follow up with their nine-game conference slate, which includes home games against Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma State, road contests at Iowa State, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia and the annual neutral battle against Texas.