With the announcement made Friday that the Sooners will play the Maine Black Bears and Houston Cougars in 2024, they will officially meet the SEC’s Power Five Requirements.
During a Friday press-conference, Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione announced the additions to the schedule.
“We’re excited to add Houston and Maine to our 2024 schedule” said Oklahoma’s Joe Castiglione. “We always strive to schedule non-conference opponents in a manner that positions us for success and creates a fun environment for fans. It was always going to be a challenge to find two programs at this late stage that had open dates, but we’re happy with the result of that process and are thrilled to give our fans seven home games in 2024. A big thank-you to Houston athletics director Chris Pezman and Maine AD Jude Killy for their cooperation, and, in Maine’s case, its willingness to be flexible on a game date.”
The Maine date has not been announced yet, but Oklahoma will be facing Houston on September 7th, 2024, and again in 2028 for a return trip to Houston in the new home-and-home series.
The Sooners will not be playing Houston this season, despite the move to the new-look Big 12. Oklahoma leads the all-time series 3-1 versus Houston with their last meeting coming in 2019. Oklahoma has never played Maine.
Both games will be in the Palace, joining Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Temple and Tulane as the seven teams to visit Norman in 2024.
The 2024 schedule also includes the Red River game in Dallas, and road visits to LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss, and Missouri.
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