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Oklahoma to return to Houston after 14 years, in 2016

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Oklahoma will open the 2016 season in one NFL stadium, and if all goes well it could end in another. The Sooners and Houston have agreed to open the 2016 season in NRG Stadium in Houston, home to the NFL’s Houston Texans as well as the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff. The 2016 season will conclude with the College Football Playoff championship game in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Houston Chronicle was the first to report the possibility of a 2016 opener between the Sooners and Cougars, and Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com later confirmedĀ the report to be a done deal via Twitter. The Texas Kickoff is one of the newest neutral site game sin college football, joining Atlanta’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff and the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas. The first game in the series was played last season between Oklahoma State and Mississippi State and continues this season with LSU and Wisconsin. Texas A&M and Arizona are scheduled to appear in the game in 2015.

This season’s game between LSU and Wisconsin is expected to top last year’s attendance of 35,874 fans, and next year’s game with Texas A&M involved should see a nice turnout as well at the gate. Oklahoma and Houston should make for a good crowd at the game as well, especially if Houston can continue to build its program between now and then and emerge as a top power from theĀ “Group of Five” (I really hate that term) conferences.

Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Houston, 2-0. The most recent of those two meeting came in 2004, with the Sooners winning by a blowout score of 63-14. As noted by The Dallas Morning News, Oklahoma’s last trip to the city of Houston went well. The last time the Sooners were in town they left with the Big 12 championship after topping Colorado in the 2002 Big 12 Championship Game in the same stadium.

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9 Responses to “Oklahoma to return to Houston after 14 years, in 2016”
  1. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 31, 2014 10:05 PM

    Lol and you are complaining about SEC Non conference scheduling? Lmao. STOOPS you are a joke

  2. ancientcougar says: Aug 1, 2014 10:02 AM

    Houston may not win, but they will give them a hell of a game.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 1, 2014 10:23 AM

    Advocare Texas Kickoff featuring both my schools in back to back years. Super cool!

    @brownsmakemecrazy Stoops has to come down here and play another Texas team to help OU in recruiting. Historically Texas recruits have been split between OU and Texas with the Aggies taking the scraps, but since A&M has made the move to the SEC, they have pushed both those schools down the list for most recruits. Stoops is doing anything he can to reestablish his foothold in Texas.

  4. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 1, 2014 11:34 AM

    Houston is not a bad program, and stop trying to point fingers and bail yourselves out SEC fans. You know you typically have two teams that’s good, two or three that are ok, and the rest are either rebuilding or garbage. But one thing they all have in common, all of they’re OOC games are usually a joke, own it. I do give Tenneessee credit though for playing OU this year. It’s good to see one of those teams taking that risk cause Alabama sure as hell doesn’t want to

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 1, 2014 12:50 PM

    That’s just dumb….

    SEC had five 10+ win teams, and two 9 win teams last year… Half the conference had 9 or more wins.

    SEC went 7-3 in bowl games last year. Highest win % of the power 5 conferences.

    And when Bama scheduled WVU, the Mountaineers were coming off a 10 win season and a BCS game appearance. When OU scheduled Tennessee, the Vols were in the midst of a 5 win season….

  6. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:11 PM

    OU didn’t schedule Western Kentucky and University of Tennessee Chattanooga, just sayin’

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 1, 2014 1:22 PM

    I’m sorry, I didn’t realize that UL Monroe, Florida A&M, and Ball St. were such powerhouses.

  8. musketmaniac says: Aug 1, 2014 1:44 PM

    Expansion has ruined the game, I still watch, of course,I gamble for a living so I don’t have a choice. I can’t remember the last time I’ve enjoyed any of it.

  9. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 2, 2014 12:14 PM

    Haha, didn’t UL Monroe beat Bama a few years ago? Yep I think they did

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