Over eight years after their last regular-season meeting, Oklahoma and UCLA have agreed to a home-and-home football series to be played in 2018-19.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy first broke the news:
UCLA & Oklahoma announce home/home series: 2018 at OU, 2019 at UCLA— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 6, 2013
As a result of the announcement, the team had to push back a series with one of the SEC's top dogs:
LSU and Oklahoma are moving back their games scheduled for 2018 and 2019, per announcement— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) November 6, 2013
The first of the two meetings between Oklahoma and UCLA will take place in Norman on Sept. 8, 2018, while Pasadena will host the second on Sept. 14, 2019.
Barring any future bowl pairings, this will mark the first time the two schools have met since 2005—a 41-24 victory by the Bruins—and the fifth and sixth meetings in the head-to-head series. The Sooners currently hold a 3-1 advantage.
“Now more than ever, it’s important for UCLA to face marquee non-conference opponents,” UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero told UCLABruins.com. “With Oklahoma Football recognized nationally and the new playoff system beginning next season, this is a great matchup for not only our team, but for our fans as well.”
Which team benefits most from this announcement?
Oklahoma vice president and director of athletics Joe Castiglione shared Guerrero’s delight.
“We’re delighted to again add UCLA’s tradition rich program to our schedule,” he told SoonerSports.com. “Together we can showcase two great schools in the kind of intersectional matchup that is so good for college sports.”
It’s just another addition to an out of conference schedule for the Sooners that is quite impressive. One that boasts home-and-home series with the likes of Tennessee (2014-15), Ohio State (2016-17), LSU (2018-19) and Nebraska (2021-22).
On the other hand, UCLA have already announced a home-and-home series with Michigan earlier this year. The team is also set to take on Texas next season in Arlington.
All records used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com.