Report: Houston, Oklahoma to open 2016 Season at NRG Stadium

By Kevin Kelley -
NRG Stadium

Reliant Stadium was recently renamed NRG Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

The Houston Cougars and the Oklahoma Sooners will open the 2016 football season at NRG Stadium in Houston, according to published reports.

Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle first reported the news yesterday. His report was then confirmed by Brett McMurphy of ESPN.

The Houston-Oklahoma matchup would be the fourth annual AdvoCare Texas Kickoff. LSU and Wisconsin play this season and Texas A&M and Arizona State are scheduled to meet in 2015.

The first AdvoCare Texas Kickoff featured Oklahoma State against Mississippi State last season.

Houston is currently slated to open the 2016 season at Texas State, but they could move that game to a later date or postpone it. The Cougars are also scheduled to host Louisville at TDECU Stadium on Nov. 19.

Oklahoma also has a season-opener on the books — ULM at home on Sept. 3. Ohio State is also scheduled to visit Norman on Sept. 17.

The Sooners and Cougars have met twice previously, and neither contest was close. OU trounced UH 40-14 in the 1981 Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX and 63-13 in 2004 in Norman.

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10 Comments to Report: Houston, Oklahoma to open 2016 Season at NRG Stadium

  1. schoup said....

    LOL. That games is a dud for the Advocare Kick off. OU is top nothh program but Houston is an average at best mid major.

    July 29, 2014 at 10:02 am
    • Bob said....

      It’s hard to say that until you see what Houston does this year. They’re a contender for the Group of Five slot in the big-boy bowls. If nothing else, it will sell out between Houston locals and a really big OU fan base in Houston.

      July 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm
    • David said....

      Not so fast my friend. Houston will be loaded with Seniors in 2016. Glad to see OU take the “gamble” and play Houston. At least OU has the nads to do so, unlike UT and ATM.

      July 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm
    • ARG said....

      David: A&M playing UCLA that year and having played this game the year before vs. Arizona St. I think the Aggies did well for themselves. This game needed a Texas team and is still a step back from that A&M/ASU game. Getting OU was a win for the game but sounds like this came together last minute.

      July 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm
    • KTCoog said....

      I like that OU has the guts to play us. Last time they caught us was in the beginning of the Briles era. Average Mid Major? Check out our history against the other old Southwest Conference schools. Don’t forget, we won that conference several times. There’s a reason that A&M and Texas avoid us but play Rice instead (look for Rice to give them a good accounting this year). Look what happened to their other conference schools when they did. I say congrats to OU and UH for bringing a good game to the NRG.

      August 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm
  2. Dan said....

    OU is playing Ohio State in 2016 – so if they wanted OU in the game – I doubt they would have convinced them to play an LSU or Alabama type. That schedule would be ridiculous. Houston is a solid mid major program… and it’s local. Helps OU’s exposure for recruiting in South Texas, and they have a moderate sized alumni base in Houston as well.

    July 29, 2014 at 11:26 am
  3. phil said....

    I don’t fault Oklahoma for scheduling Houston, as mentioned they already have the buckeyes on the schedule plus a NINE game conference schedule. With UH on the schedule Okie has a solid schedule.

    Not exactly a marquee matchup for the advocare kickoff though: power 5 vs. mid major however you dress it up.

    July 29, 2014 at 10:24 pm
  4. Arrow Smith said....

    David said….
    Not so fast my friend. Houston will be loaded with Seniors in 2016. Glad to see OU take the “gamble” and play Houston. At least OU has the nads to do so, unlike UT and ATM.

    Well Davey Poo playing Houston is just a cowards way out. Alabama will be playing Wisconsin, USC, and soon Notre Dame. When Oklahoma gets the boys to do that let us all know. OK

    August 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm
    • Steve said....

      OU always has a marquee game with one of the major conferences.
      Houston will only be the mid-major for the 2016 season to go along with Ohio State.

      The future out of conference marquee home and home games for OU will be with:
      Tennessee
      Ohio State
      UCLA
      Nebraska
      LSU
      Michigan

      Since 2000, OU has already played regular season games with:
      Notre Dame (1-1)
      Florida State (2-0)
      Miami (1-1)
      Washington (2-0)
      Oregon (1-1)
      UCLA (1-1)
      Alabama (2-0)
      North Carolina (1-0)

      August 3, 2014 at 11:50 am
  5. Assaultion said....

    Houston is a top teer mid major program, so it OU taking all the risk in this game. And for that one OU hater/bad troll, OU is not afraid to play the “big boys” as any real college fan knows. But you know, as you said OU is taking the coward way out by playing Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio State, UCLA, LSU and Nebraska. Coming from a butthurt Bama fan, I am not surprised that even on this comment board you are trying to plead that Bama has the toughest schedule ever, with teams like Florida Atlantic and Southern Miss.

    August 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm

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