OU to Host Vanderbilt in Big 12/SEC Challenge
NORMAN – The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences announced Thursday the matchups for the 2019 Big 12/SEC Challenge. Oklahoma will host Vanderbilt at Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 26.
For the fourth straight year, all games in the Challenge will be played in one day. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all contests of the sixth annual event matching every Big 12 squad with 10 members from the Southeastern Conference. Each league will host five games. In addition, ESPN's College GameDay Covered by State Farm will originate from a to-be-determined site of one of the day's matchups.
Oklahoma will face Vanderbilt for the third time in program history and first time since 1994. The Commodores have won both previous meetings.
Oklahoma is 3-2 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge with previous wins over LSU, Missouri and Texas A&M while falling to Florida and Alabama. The Sooners are 8-9 against current SEC teams in the Lon Kruger era, including 6-5 against schools which were SEC members at the time of competition.
As a conference, the Big 12 is 29-21 (.580) in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. In the first four years of the event, the Challenge trophy remained in the Big 12 office. The Big 12 won it the first three seasons and the leagues split the 10 games in 2017 (in case of a tie, the trophy stays with the conference that won it the previous season). The SEC won the fifth season of the Challenge.
Tip times and specific TV network information for the Big 12/SEC Challenge will be released at a later date.