Michigan and Oklahoma have agreed to play in the 2025 and 2026 regular season, the two schools announced on Monday. The game will be particularly notable since the two football powerhouses have only met once; a 14-6 Oklahoma victory in the 1976 Orange Bowl.
Oklahoma will host the first game on Sept. 6, 2025, then the Sooners will travel to Ann Arbor on Sept. 12, 2026, for its first appearance in the Big House. Game times and TV info -- or hologram info, depending on how we are consuming college football in the distant future -- will be available at a later date.
A pair of statements from both athletic directors highlighted the anticipation:
“We are excited to reach an agreement to play Oklahoma, one of the storied programs in college football history,” said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. “I appreciate Joe (Castiglione) and his team's effort to make this series a possibility. Oklahoma and Michigan have always been regarded as two of the top programs in college football, and creating this type of match-up is great for fans of both programs and the game of college football.”
“We remain committed to playing games that celebrate the history and excitement of college football,” said OU Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. “We're grateful for head coach Bob Stoops, who shares that commitment. 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. We also know how truly special these opportunities are for student-athletes, as well as our fans and college football fans everywhere. I want to express my appreciation to Michigan Athletics Director Dave Brandon, who shares our philosophy.”
This is the kind of matchup that college football fans should expect to see more of in the College Football Playoff era. As colleague Jeremy Fowler noted in his list of dream CFP matchups, there are a ton of teams who have never met that fans would salivate to see on the gridiron -- Alabama-Oregon, for example. A big-time matchup like could also be considered a result of the selection committee valuing strength of schedule in its process.