NORMAN, Okla – The Big 12 Conference has released its 2014 football schedule as approved by the league's directors of athletics.
Oklahoma opens its 2014 schedule vs. Louisiana Tech on Aug. 30. Following an open date on Sept. 6, the Sooners host Southeastern Conference opponent Tennessee on Sept. 13. The Sooners will then resume their in-state rivalry at Tulsa on Sept. 20 before beginning Big 12 Conference play.
The Sooners and Volunteers haven’t met since the 1968 Orange Bowl after playing their inaugural contest in the 1939 Orange Bowl, a game that marked the first of Oklahoma’s 45 bowl appearances. Oklahoma and Tennessee will meet again in 2015 when the Sooners travel to Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.
Oklahoma and Louisiana Tech will square off for the first time in 2014, while the Sooners will seek to register an eighth consecutive win under head coach Bob Stoops against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
“We have continued making a conscious effort to include perennial national powers on our non-conference schedule,” said OU vice president and director of athletics, Joe Castiglione. “We are excited to host the first-ever regular season meeting between Oklahoma and Tennessee at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
"With the College Football Playoff beginning in 2014, we all recognize the increased importance of playing marquee non-conference opponents in addition to our always competitive Big 12 Conference schedule.”
For a third consecutive year, each Big 12 team will face a nine-game, round-robin conference schedule. The Sooners begin their conference slate at West Virginia on Sept. 27. The Sooners are 4-2 all-time vs. West Virginia, including back-to-back conference wins in 2012 and 2013.
The Sooners will also seek to register a third straight Big 12 victory against TCU when Oklahoma travels to Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 4. Oklahoma is 8-4 all-time against the Horned Frogs. That three-game road stretch will mark the first time that Oklahoma has played three consecutive games at opposing venues since playing four straight true road games en route to the school's third national championship in 1956.
The 109th edition of the AT&T Red River Rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas will be held in Dallas on Oct. 11. The Sooners have won three of their last four meetings against the Longhorns and are 9-6 overall against Texas under Stoops. Oklahoma returns home to face Kansas State on Oct. 18. The Sooners have claimed victories in eight of their last 10 meetings with the Wildcats.
The date for Oklahoma’s road contest at Iowa State is still pending. The Sooners will play in Ames, Iowa, on either Thursday, Oct. 30 or Saturday, Nov. 1. Coach Stoops is 8-0 against the Cyclones. Overall, the Sooners own a 70-5-2 all-time advantage against Iowa State, including 14 consecutive victories.
Oklahoma resumes its home schedule on Nov. 8 vs. Baylor. OU has posted a 22-1 record all-time against the Bears, including an 11-1 record in Norman. Oklahoma travels to Texas Tech on Nov. 15 seeking its third consecutive victory against the Red Raiders. Under Stoops, the Sooners are 10-5 against Texas Tech, including a 38-30 victory in Norman on Oct. 26, 2013.
The Sooners finish their regular season schedule with back-to-back conference home contests for the first time since 1990. Oklahoma hosts Kansas on Nov. 22. The Sooners are 71-27-6 overall against the Jayhawks, including a 9-0 mark in the Stoops era.
The home date for Oklahoma’s Bedlam Series contest vs. Oklahoma State is still to be determined. Oklahoma will host the Cowboys on either Saturday, Nov. 29 or Saturday, Dec. 6. The Sooners have registered an 83-17-7 all-time record against their in-state rival.Dates are subject to change as adjustments are possible to accommodate television partners' requests. Fans will be notified via SoonerSports.com and the official @OU_Football Twitter feed once the Big 12 Conference finalizes dates for 2014 contests at Iowa State and vs. Oklahoma State.
2014 OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|Saturday, Aug. 30||Louisiana Tech||Norman||Tickets|
|Saturday, Sept. 13||Tennessee||Norman||Tickets|
|Saturday, Sept. 20||Tulsa||Tulsa, Okla.|
|Saturday, Sept. 27||West Virginia*||Morgantown, W.V.|
|Saturday, Oct. 4||TCU*||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Saturday, Oct. 11||Texas*||Dallas, Texas||Information|
|Saturday, Oct. 18||Kansas State*||Norman||Tickets|
|Thu., Oct. 30 or Sat., Nov. 1||Iowa State*||Ames, Iowa|
|Saturday, Nov. 8||Baylor*||Norman||Tickets|
|Saturday, Nov. 15||Texas Tech*||Lubbock, Texas|
|Saturday, Nov. 22||Kansas*||Norman||Tickets|
|Sat., Nov. 29 or Sat., Dec. 6||Oklahoma State*||Norman||Tickets|
|* - Big 12 Conference Game | Printable 2014 Schedule|