Oklahoma football: OU and Michigan schedule home-and-home football series for 2025, 2026

Throughout the Bob Stoops era, OU has almost always scheduled difficult nonconference games against traditional powers, a trend that continued with Monday’s announcement of a series with Michigan.
by Jason Kersey Modified: July 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm •  Published: July 14, 2014
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photo - OU defensive lineman Lee Roy Selmon puts the stop on Michigan quarterback Rick Leach during the Orange Bowl classic on 1/1/76 in Miami, FL. That's broher Dewey Selmon at upper left. OU beat the Michigan Wolverines that night by a 14-6 score. Staff photo by J. Pat Carter taken 1/1/76.
OU defensive lineman Lee Roy Selmon puts the stop on Michigan quarterback Rick Leach during the Orange Bowl classic on 1/1/76 in Miami, FL. That's broher Dewey Selmon at upper left. OU beat the Michigan Wolverines that night by a 14-6 score. Staff photo by J. Pat Carter taken 1/1/76.

— Throughout Oklahoma football’s Bob Stoops era, the Sooners have almost always scheduled difficult nonconference games against traditional powers.

That trend continued Monday, when OU and Michigan announced a two-game, home-and-home series in 2025 and 2026.

“We remain committed to playing games that celebrate the history and excitement of college football,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a news release. “Oklahoma and Michigan represent two of the most iconic names in American sport and we look forward to a series that will be marked by mutual respect and admiration.”

The Sooners will host Michigan on Sept. 6, 2025, and travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sept. 12, 2026.

OU and Michigan have only played once before, meeting in the 1976 Orange Bowl. Oklahoma won the game 14-6 and secured the Sooners’ fifth national championship.

The schools boast two of the most successful football programs in college football history. Combined, OU and Michigan have won 10 national championships, 86 conference titles and eight Heisman Trophy winners.

“Oklahoma and Michigan have always been regarded as two of the top programs in college football, and creating this type of matchup is great for fans of both programs and the game of college football,” said Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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Future OU nonconference games

2014: Louisiana Tech, at Tulsa, Tennessee

2015: Akron, at Tennessee, Tulsa

2016: Louisiana-Monroe, Ohio State

2017: UTEP, at Ohio State

2018: UCLA, Army

2019: at UCLA

2020: at Army

2021: Nebraska

2022: UTEP, at Nebraska

2025: Michigan

2026: At Michigan

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