Thursday, May 21, 2015

OU, Tulane Agree to Three-Game Series Starting in 2017

Oklahoma and Tulane have agreed on a three-game football series that will pit the two schools against each other on the gridiron for the first time.

The series will begin on Sept. 16, 2017, when the Green Wave visits Norman. The Sooners will play in Tulane's Yulman Stadium in 2021 before the Green Wave return to Norman in 2024. The dates of the series' second two games are yet to be determined.

"For a variety of reasons, we are very excited to see this series come together and appreciate (Tulane Athletics Director) Rick Dickson for helping make it happen," said OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. "Tulane's program is in the midst of a resurgence, between the move to a new conference and the opening of the new on-campus stadium. We also have an opportunity to play in an area of Louisiana where we recruit and where a large number of OU graduates reside from all academic programs, but most notably from business, geology, engineering and energy disciplines. New Orleans is also the home of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the site where our Big 12 champion will play and a wonderful destination which is accessible for our great Sooner fans."

With Thursday's announcement, Oklahoma's 2017 non-conference schedule is complete. The Sooners will open Sept. 2 that season at home against UTEP. They will play Sept. 9 at Ohio State before hosting Tulane the following week.

The Sooners have played seven previous games in New Orleans, all in the Sugar Bowl, and own a 5-2 record in those contests. The most recent appearance there was the 2014 Sugar Bowl game won by OU over Alabama, 45-31.
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