OU football: Sooners' opener vs. Missouri State moved up to Aug. 29
NORMAN — OU's season opener against Missouri State has officially been moved up to Aug. 29, Sooners athletic director Joe Castiglione announced Saturday.
The game was originally scheduled to be played a week later.
Moving the game up gives the Sooners a week off after each of their first two games, potentially helping with COVID-19 testing.
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"If the season is indeed permitted to start as scheduled, the benefit of extra time between games will help our teams manage any variety of possible circumstances that may occur," Castiglione said in a release. "Our original schedule had an open date between the second and third games, so now we will have a span of five weeks to play three games. It provides us a more gradual approach to safely manage the conditions of these unprecedented times. We're thankful to Missouri State for their cooperation during this process and to the NCAA for allowing both teams to start the season a week earlier."
OU is scheduled to host Tennessee on Sept. 12 and to play at Army on Sept. 26.
As of now, the only other games scheduled for Aug. 29 are Marshall at East Carolina, Idaho State at New Mexico and UC Davis at Nevada.
Broadcast details on the game as well as potential stadium capacity limitations and other safety protocols will be announced in the future.