NORMAN -- The Hurricanes are coming and the Golden Hurricane are waiting, highlights in the 2007 Oklahoma football schedule released Tuesday by the school.
The Sooners start 2007 with three straight home games and play seven times overall on Owen Field. The marquee matchup is Sept. 8 against Miami, a pairing of the nation’s winningest teams of this decade. Two weeks later, OU visits Tulsa for the 23rd meeting in an on-again series that last saw the teams play in 2004. The non-conference portion of the 12-game schedule also includes home games with North Texas and Utah State. “”These games fit our philosophy of providing a challenging, yet balanced schedule that prepares our team for the rigors of Big 12 Conference play and a run at post season championships,’’ OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. The move to 12-game schedules allows for more flexibility in scheduling more demanding non-conference foes. OU’s future schedules also include games with Florida State, Tennessee and LSU. While many teams struggle to complete their schedules, the Sooners are set more than 12 months in advance with a lineup that features all Division I-A schools. “"The process becomes a little more challenging each year, but we are always working to complete our scheduling in a timely fashion to give our campus and fans the appropriate time to plan events,’’ Castiglione said.