NORMAN — 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.
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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
2022: UTEP, at Nebraska
2026: At Michigan