Oklahoma and Tulane have agreed on a three-game football series that will be the first meeting of the two schools.
The series begins on Sept. 16, 2017, when the Green Wave visits Norman. The Sooners will play in Tulane’s Yulman Stadium in 2021 before the Green Wave return to Norman in 2024. The dates of the series’ second two games are not determined.
“For a variety of reasons, we are very excited to see this series come together and appreciate (Tulane Athletics Director) Rick Dickson for helping make it happen,” said OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. “Tulane’s program is in the midst of a resurgence, between the move to a new conference and the opening of the new on-campus stadium. We also have an opportunity to play in an area of Louisiana where we recruit and where a large number of OU graduates reside from all academic programs, but most notably from business, geology, engineering and energy disciplines. New Orleans is also the home of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the site where our Big 12 champion will play and a wonderful destination which is accessible for our great Sooner fans.”
“We are excited to begin the series with the University of Oklahoma,” said Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson. “There were a lot of moving pieces required to put this together and I thank my good friend (Oklahoma Director of Athletics) Joe Castiglione for working with us to ensure Oklahoma would come back to Yulman Stadium as soon as scheduling would allow.
“It is our goal to schedule where we will have the opportunity to go on the road against some of the nation’s best football programs but also have the ability to attract programs to return games to Yulman Stadium.”
Oklahoma’s 2017 non conference schedule is complete. The Sooners will open Sept. 2 that season at home against UTEP. They will play Sept. 9 at Ohio State before hosting Tulane the following week.
The Sooners have played seven previous games in New Orleans, all in the Sugar Bowl, and own a 5-2 record in those contests. The most recent appearance there was the 2014 Sugar Bowl game won by OU over Alabama, 45-31. OU lost to LSU in 2003 in the national championship game in the Sugar Bowl.
OU nonconference opponents
2015 – Akron, Tennessee, Tulsa
2016 – Houston, Louisiana-Monroe, Ohio State
2017 – UTEP, Ohio State, Tulane
2018 – Florida Atlantic, UCLA, Army
2019 – Houston, UCLA
2020 – Army
2021 – Tulane, Nebraska
2022 – UTEP, Nebraska
2024 – Tulane