The Sooners beat the Vols in Norman in 2014 34-10 and then in 2015, stormed back from a 17-0 deficit to win 31-24 in Knoxville in double overtime. That game, you may remember, featured a Sterling Shepard takeover in the second half and overtime periods after the Sooners offense was slowed by a couple of Baker Mayfield interceptions.
“The games in 2014 and 2015 demonstrated a tremendous respect between two storied programs, as well as between a pair of passionate fan bases, and so for the players, coaches and fans, we’re excited to renew this high-profile series,” Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said Monday.
The first game in the new series will be in Norman on Sept. 12, 2020, and then the two teams will meet in Knoxville on Sept. 7, 2024.
Oklahoma has worked to build out its non-conference agreements with Power Five opponents well into the future to accommodate the Big 12’s nine-game schedule. The Sooners will have a rematch against Ohio State in 2017 then turn their attentions to UCLA (2018-19), the Vols in 2020 and 2024, Nebraska (2021-22) and Michigan (2025-26).