Oklahoma football announced another home-and-home series with Tennessee, on Monday.
The two programs will play each other on Sept. 12, 2020 in Norman and Sept. 7, 2024 in Knoxville.
We meet again. #Sooners to renew series with Tennessee in 2020 and 2024.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) April 3, 2017
Oklahoma and Tennessee have met four times, including a recent home-and-home series that OU swept.
In 2014, the Sooners beat the Volunteers a 34-10 in Norman. The next year the game was in Knoxville and No. 19 OU came back from a 17-0 deficit to win a 31-24 double-overtime thriller over No. 23 UT, which helped propel Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff.
OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. “The games in 2014 and ’15 demonstrated a tremendous respect between two storied programs, as well as between a pair of passionate fan bases, and so for the players, coaches and fans, we’re excited to renew this high-profile series.”
The other two games in the series came in the Orange Bowl, with the Volunteers beating the Sooners 17-0 in 1939 and OU winning 26-24 in 1968.
OU also announced that they would host South Dakota in 2019.
Give Bob Stoops and the entire OU program a ton of credit for never shying away from big non-conference games. Some coaches and teams, not just in the Big 12, but across the Power 5 conferences, do everything they can to avoid these kind of games, but not the Sooners. Including the games against Tennessee, Oklahoma will also play the following programs in the coming years: Ohio State (2017), UCLA (2018, 2019), Army (2018, 2020), Houston (2019), Nebraska (2021, 2022, 2029, 2030), Temple (2024, 2025, 2028), Michigan (2025, 2026) and LSU (dates TBA).
The College Football Playoff committee has said they will give teams preferential treatment who play impressive non-conference match ups. The Sooners continue to test that theory to its fullest.
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