The Oklahoma Sooners have officially announced their 2014 non-conference football schedule, which includes games against Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, and Tulsa.
Oklahoma will host Louisiana Tech at Gayord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium to open the 2014 season on Aug. 30. It will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.
The Sooners will then welcome the Tennessee Volunteers of the SEC to Norman on Sept. 13. Oklahoma and Tennessee’s only two prior meetings were in the 1939 and 1968 Orange Bowl. The Sooners fell in the 1939 match-up 17-0 but evened the series at 1-1 after a 26-24 win in 1968.
Oklahoma returns the trip to Knoxville on Sept. 12, 2015. This home-and-home series has been on the books since it was announced way back in 2005.
The final non-conference game for Oklahoma in 2014 is a trip to Tulsa on Sept. 20. The Golden Hurricane, which will be a member of The American next season, are 7-18-1 against OU.
Dates for the 2014 Big 12 games have yet to be announced, but the Sooners know who they will play and where. Oklahoma hosts Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, and Oklahoma State and travels to Iowa State, TCU, Texas Tech, and West Virginia. There’s also the Red River Rivalry against Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
“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.”