Ranking Oklahoma's nonconference trips since 1999.
1. Notre Dame (2013, 1999)
The Golden Dome and Touchdown Jesus, the Victory March and the blue-grey sky. Notre Dame is the pinnacle of college football and the Sooners go back Saturday for the second time in Bob Stoops' tenure.
2. Alabama (2003)
Notre Dame might be the pinnacle of college football in total but Alabama isn't far behind and the Crimson Tide are the current royalty in the sport.
3. UCLA (2005)
The Bruins are no slouch as an opponent but playing UCLA is about much more than the team. The Rose Bowl opened more than 90 years ago, nearly a decade before Notre Dame Stadium.
4. Florida State (2011)
Osceola, the burning spear and the tomahawk chop aren't quite as entrenched in college football lore as the echos at Notre Dame and Alabama's Rammerjammer Yellow Hammer, but Doak Campbell Stadium is still hallowed ground in the sport.
5. Oregon (2006)
The outcome--the Ducks won with the help of a flat-out bad replay decision in the closing minutes--overshadows everything but Oregon's Donald Duck mascot and two-toned turf make Eugene unique.
6. Washington (2008)
Husky Stadium's pre-game atmosphere is certainly different from any other the Sooners have visited, as a large number of fans tailgate on boats on Lake Washington. The stadium also features a view of nearby Mount Rainier.
7. Air Force (2001)
Another picturesque venue, Falcon Stadium and the Air Force Academy campus sit at the base of the Rampart Range of the Rocky Mountains. The most distinguishing part of the campus, the AFA's Cadet Chapel, is a few miles down the road.
8. Miami (2009)
The game wasn't played at the Orange Bowl, as the Hurricane had abandoned the stadium that had long hosted the Hurricanes and the Orange Bowl game in 2007. That drops it a bit down the list but it was a chance for the Sooners to return to the site of their 2000 national championship win over Florida State.
9. Louisville (1999)
The Cardinals had just opened Papa John's Cardinal Stadium the year before the Sooners visited. OU fans might not care for the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex that's part of the stadium but the Johnny Unitas statue inside the stadium is a solid feature for a newer stadium.
10. UTEP (2012)
Not many stadiums feature a view into another country, but spectators can see Ciudad Juarez, Mexico--as well as the nearby desert mountains--from Sun Bowl Stadium.
11. Cincinnati (2010)
It would've been better if the game would've been staged at the Bearcats' home at Nippert Stadium but instead it was played at Paul Brown Stadium, the home of the Browns. Ho-hum.
12. BYU (2009)
At least the Sooners played Cincinnati in Cincinnati. They went to Dallas Cowboys Stadium to play BYU. Oklahoma didn't need a game there for recruiting purposes or any reason other than to play at Jerry World. The Sooners are 1-2 in the stadium, with the only win coming in the 2010 Big 12 title game.
13. Tulsa (2002, 2007)
The Sooners will go back to Tulsa next year and they'll encounter a much better stadium atmosphere than was the case for their two earlier visits under Stoops. Now known as Chapman Stadium, the Golden Hurricane's home since 1930 was renovated after the 2007 season.