Not too long after Kansas announced a change in their home opener, it appears that the Oklahoma Sooners are doing the same. However, the difference is that Oklahoma is still going to play Missouri State who was their originally scheduled opponent. But instead of playing the game on September 5th, the Sooners first game will be played on August 29th.
While the original reason for the request was unknown a couple weeks prior, it appears that we now have some clarity on the decision to move forward with this. “If the season is indeed permitted to start as scheduled, the benefit of extra time between games will help our teams manage any variety of possible circumstances that may occur,” Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. “Our original schedule had an open date between the second and third games, so now we will have a span of five weeks to play three games.
“It provides us a more gradual approach to safely manage the conditions of these unprecedented times. We’re thankful to Missouri State for their cooperation during this process and to the NCAA for allowing both teams to start the season a week earlier.”
The Sooners first three games are against Missouri State, Tennessee, and Army and obviously with the Missouri State game moved up, the Sooners will have a week off in between each of their first three games. While other conferences such as the Pac-12 and Big Ten have already decided to get rid of non-conference games, the Big 12 still seems to be standing firm on having a full twelve game season. Be on the lookout for other Big 12 teams making similar moves.
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