Oklahoma football 2025 SEC schedule even more daunting than in 2024

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The 2024 Oklahoma football schedule is as daunting as they come. Welcome to the Southeastern Conference!

Five months before the kick-off of the 2024 campaign, the SEC has already released its 2025 schedule. And guess what, the Oklahoma portion of the schedule could be even more formidable that what the Sooners will face in their inaugural 2024 SEC season.

The big reason why the SEC is able to reveal its 2025 schedule this far in advance is because the only thing that is different is where the games will be played. The conference games on the schedule remain the same for all of the SEC teams in both years. The only thing that changes is the home team flips.

For example, this coming season, Oklahoma plays Alabama in Norman. In 2025, that matchup stays the same, but the venue of the game shifts to Tuscaloosa. In 2025, the Sooners will host Missouri, LSU, Ole Miss and Auburn at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and go on the road to play Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina. The annual game with Texas will be contested, as always, on a neutral field, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, for the foreseeable future.

Oklahoma's 2025 nonconference schedule will include a season-opening game in Norman against Illinois State. That game will be followed by the first of a consecutive-year, home-and-home series with Michigan (in Norman in 2025), a road game against Temple in Philadelphia and a game back in Norman with Kent State.

The addition of Michigan, of course, is the reason for the perception that Oklahoma's 2025 schedule will pose a more difficult challenge for the Sooners than what they will be up against this fall.

If you are looking ahead and wondering how OU has done historically against the Wolverines -- like Oklahoma, one of college football's blue-blood programs -- the two teams have met just once all-time: in the 1976 Orange Bowl. Oklahoma won that game 14-6.