During the off-season, we accept all forms of football news. Things get a little boring around the nonexistent Stormin’ in Norman office, but we do get to update our Google Calendars.
The University of Oklahoma has announced two future home football games against the UTEP Miners in 2017 and 2022.
UTEP, who the Sooners recently played in El Paso in 2012, will make the trip to Norman September 2, 2017 and on September 3, 2022, which should be solid tuneup games barring a UTEP uprising, or an OU decline.
These games are all so far away, but Oklahoma already has away games with Ohio State in 2017 and Nebraska in 2022, so it seems like a safe bet to tab these games now as winnable.
The Miners gave the Sooners a season-opening scare in El Paso in 2012. Oklahoma was forced to fill a vacated slot after TCU and West Virginia joined the Big 12 Conference. The best the Sooners could do was a 9:30 pm kickoff on UTEP’s field.
Oklahoma managed to win that game, 24-7; however, it was no great first impression for a team looking to regain its control of the Big 12 and possibly making a run at a national title.
Regardless, we have 112 days until the start of the 2014 season. Which is 112 too many.