According to SoonersSports.com, the Oklahoma Sooners have announced their non-conference slate for 2014, and their is one program on that rundown that stands out among the rest.
Beginning in 2014, the Oklahoma Sooners and the Tennessee Volunteers will begin a home-and-home run, jumping off with the Volunteers taking a trip to Norman, Oklahoma next season on Sept. 13. In 2015, the Sooners will return the favor and head to Rocky Top.
This will be the first time that the two historic programs will meet on the gridiron in the regular season. Their last meeting overall was the 1968 Orange Bowl, a game which the Sooners squeaked out with a 26-24 victory.
Oklahoma, in contrast from a lot of other programs, has always made a conscious effort to schedule some tough opponents to beef up their schedule, and OU Vice President Joe Castiglione echoed that sentiment in a statement:
“We have always strived to feature marquee non-conference opponents on the Oklahoma schedule,” said OU vice president and director of athletics, Joe Castiglione. “Our longtime philosophy of scheduling high-caliber FBS opponents becomes even more important in 2014 with strength of schedule factoring into the College Football Playoff equation. Without question, the opportunity to schedule a two-game, home-and-home series with a program with the tradition of Tennessee is a win-win for both programs and their passionate fan bases.”