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Oklahoma football: Ranking the Sooners' nonconference trips since 1999

Taking a look at the best nonconference trips OU has made in the Bob Stoops era.
by Ryan Aber Modified: September 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm •  Published: September 26, 2013

/articleid/3887070/1/pictures/2222910">Photo - Notre Dame's "Touchdown Jesus" -  In the background is the Hesburgh Library which features the mural nicknamed "Touchdown Jesus"
Notre Dame's "Touchdown Jesus" - In the background is the Hesburgh Library which features the mural nicknamed "Touchdown Jesus"

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.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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