Oklahoma football: Sooners game time set for West Virginia on Sept. 25

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 25: Running back Rodney Anderson
NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 25: Running back Rodney Anderson /

The Oklahoma football game with West Virginia on Sept. 25 is set for a 6:30 p.m. CT kickoff.

The game will be played at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and will be the Big 12 season opener for both teams.

The game will be televised nationally in primetime on ABC. This will be the second of Oklahoma’s first four games of the 2021 season to be televised on the ABC-TV network. The season opener with Tulane was carried by the network in the 11 a.m. time slot.

The timing of the West Virginia game is interesting in that a big part of Oklahoma’s expressed dissatisfaction with the Big 12 is because of the number of 11 a.m. kickoffs that the Sooners have had to play compared with other Big 12 schools. That is in part due to the media agreement the Big 12 has with FOX and the fact that network likes to schedule its featured game of the day as part of “FOX’s  “Big Noon Kickoff” time slot.

Oklahoma has a 10-2 record all-time versus West Virginia and is 8-0 against the Mountaineers since they became part of the Big 12 in 2012. The Sooners are 6-1 against West Virginia in games played in Norman. The lone loss was in 1982, when the Mountaineers upset the N. 9-ranked Sooners 41-27 in the season opener that year.

The Sooners (2-0) and ranked No. 3 this week in both major national polls, host longtime conference rival Nebraska on Saturday. West Virginia (1-1) is at home on Saturday against Virginia Tech.

FOX will televise the OU-Nebraska game on Saturday — marking the 50-year anniversary of the 1971 “Game of the Century” between the same two teams. Kickoff on Saturday is 11 a.m. CT.