Last year, the Oklahoma Sooners failed to appear in a prime time contest until the fourth week of the season. This year, the tides have changed as the schedule now features three consecutive night games to open the 12-game slate.
On Thursday, the program announced start times for three contests:
September 7 | vs South Dakota at 6:00 PM CST
September 14 | @ UCLA at 7:00 PM CST
October 12 | vs Texas at 11:00 AM CST
First up, the Sooners will host South Dakota inside Gaylord Memorial Stadium. Despite it being the first meeting with the Coyotes, television information has yet to be released.
The headliner of the non-conference portion of the slate remains a pairing with the UCLA. Holding a 4-1 all-time record over the Bruins, the two are set to clash once again — this time in the Rose Bowl located in Pasadena, California. Posting a 49-21 margin one year ago, the Sooners hope to continue the trend. All coverage of the game will be carried by FOX.
Once again, the Red River Rivalry earns an early start time and will also be televised by FOX. Providing a bit of drama in conference play, the Texas Longhorns claimed a regular season win. However, with the Big 12 Championship and a College Football Playoff berth on the line, the Oklahoma Sooners returned the favor in the title match. As the two collide in the Cotton Bowl, who will reign victorious this go around?