Sooners Announce Non-Conference Schedule

NORMAN, Okla. — Just 24 hours after the Big 12 Conference released its schedule and OU found out when and where it would play its conference opponents, the Sooners released the non-conference portion of their slate.

They open the season Sept. 1 against UTEP in El Paso, Texas, which will stand as one of four 2012 games in the state of Texas for the Sooners.

It'll be the first time they've opened in a true road game since 2002 when they played Tulsa away from Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

OU has twice played the Miners and twice beaten them but never played in a regular season game at the Sun Bowl.

The Sooners then host Florida A&M in the two's first ever meeting Sept. 8, before getting a week off prior to the start of conference play.

OU's final non-conference game, for which the date had already been set but not yet released, is Oct. 27 against Notre Dame.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series between the two historic programs 8-1, with the last victory coming as a 34-30 decision back on Oct. 2, 1999 in South Bend, Ind.

OU has never beaten the Fighting Irish in Norman, and it will be the first meeting here since 1966.

With the finalization of the schedule, head coach Bob Stoops is quite pleased.

"We have a philosophy of playing a challenging schedule on a yearly basis that puts our team in the best possible situation to make a run at a championship," Stoops said. "I know that Joe Castiglione puts our program's best interests at the forefront when scheduling our opponents and it shows with the quality of teams on our schedule. We look forward to another challenging year and hope our fans reflect the excitement we have for this year's schedule."

Now that the wait for the schedule is over, the next thing on the docket is spring ball.

The Sooners start that up Monday, March 5, with the annual Spring Game set for Saturday, April 14.

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