November 24, 2015

Big 12 Releases OU Football's 2016 Schedule

The Big 12 Conference revealed its 2016 schedule Tuesday, as approved by the league's directors of athletics, finalizing Oklahoma's 2016 regular season slate.

For the fifth consecutive year, each Big 12 team will face a nine-game round robin conference schedule. Following an open date on Sept. 24, Oklahoma begins Big 12 play with a trip to Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 1 to take on TCU. OU is 3-1 against the Horned Frogs since they joined the conference in 2012.

The 111th edition of the AT&T Red River Showdown between Oklahoma and Texas will be held at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas on Oct. 8. OU is 10-7 against the Longhorns under head coach Bob Stoops, whose 10 wins are the most of any OU coach in the storied rivalry.

The Sooners return home Oct. 15 to host Kansas State (the Sooners are 10-3 against the Wildcats under Stoops) before going back on the road Oct. 22 as they travel to Lubbock, Texas, looking to extend its four-game winning streak against Texas Tech. OU then plays host to Kansas on Nov. 5. The Sooners have won their last 11 meetings with the Jayhawks, all under Stoops.

Next up for Oklahoma is a trip to Ames, Iowa, to take on the Iowa State Cyclones on a Thursday night. The Sooners have won 17 consecutive games against ISU. With the Thursday night game the week prior, OU will have a few extra days to prepare for its Nov. 12 meeting with Baylor in Norman. The Sooners are 22-3 all-time against Baylor and fresh off a 44-34 win two weeks ago that snapped the Bears' 20-game home winning streak. The Sooners then make the long trek to Morgantown, W.Va., as they face West Virginia on Nov. 19. OU has not lost to WVU (4-0) since the Mountaineers joined the league in 2012.

Following a Nov. 26 open date, OU will conclude its season at home against Oklahoma State on Dec. 3. The Sooners are 84-18-7 all-time against OSU and 12-4 under Stoops. As the last game of the year, the date will also serve as senior day.

Oklahoma will play three non-conference games to open the 2016 season. OU will start the year against Houston on Sept. 3 at NRG Stadium, home of the NFL's Houston Texans.

The Sooners will make their 2016 home debut in a newly renovated Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Sept. 10 as they play host to the ULM Warhawks. The game will give fans their first look at a newly enclosed south end zone.

Oklahoma is home again a week later as the 2014 national champion Ohio State Buckeyes travel to Norman for the first game of a home-and-home series between the historic programs. OU will travel to Ohio State in 2017. Both teams have one win in the series, with each winning on the other's home field.

In addition to the Ohio State series that kicks off next year, the Sooners have home-and-home series scheduled with several other marquee collegiate programs, including UCLA (2018, '19), Army (2018, '20), Nebraska (2021, '22) and Michigan (2025, '26).

Under the direction of OU vice president and director of athletics Joe Castiglione, the Sooners have a history of scheduling contests against other traditional powers. Notable previous regular season non-conference opponents under Stoops have included Alabama (2001, '02), UCLA (2003, '05), Oregon (2004, '06), Washington (2006, '08), Miami (2007, '09), BYU (2009), Florida State (2010, '11), Notre Dame (2012, '13) and Tennessee (2014, '15).

Dates to OU's schedule are subject to change as adjustments are possible to accommodate television partners' requests.

Sept. 3 at Houston Houston (NRG Stadium)
Sept. 10 UL-Monroe Norman 
Sept. 17 Ohio State Norman 
Oct. 1 at TCU Fort Worth, Texas 
Oct. 8 Texas Dallas (Cotton Bowl) 
Oct. 15 Kansas State Norman
Oct. 22 at Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas 
Oct. 29 Kansas Norman 
Nov. 3 at Iowa State Ames, Iowa 
Nov. 12 Baylor Norman 
Nov. 19 at West Virginia Morgantown, W. Va.
Dec. 3 Oklahoma State Norman

/// SoonerSports PR

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