That team from where the wind goes sweeping 'cross the plains is coming to Ann Arbor. Michigan and Oklahoma announced a home-and-home football series Monday, but don't everybody rush to get your tickets just yet. The games won't be played until 2025 and 2026. I mean you could get in line now, but 11 years is a long time to wait. Better bring a folding chair.
Oklahoma will host the 2025 game, with the 2026 contest being played at Michigan Stadium.
It's the latest future series to be announced by the Wolverines, who are making a nice habit of scheduling top-notch opponents, something much of the rest of the Big Ten has been slower to do. Michigan will play Florida in 2017, Arkansas in 2018 and 2019, Virginia Tech in 2020 and 2021 and UCLA in 2022 and 2023. Now, add perennial championship contender Oklahoma to that list.
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The only previous meeting between these two teams was the 1976 Orange Bowl, a game Oklahoma won, 14-6.
"We are excited to reach an agreement to play Oklahoma, one of the storied programs in college football history," Michigan athletics director Dave Brandon said in the school's release. "Oklahoma and Michigan have always been regarded as two of the top programs in college football, and creating this type of matchup is great for fans of both programs and the game of college football."
Together the two schools claim 18 national titles and boast eight Heisman Trophy winners.