OU’s football opener moved a week earlier

OU’s football opener moved a week earlier

If the college football season kicks off as planned -- and that’s a good-sized if -- everyone will get to see the Sooners play a week earlier than originally planned.

OU announced Saturday that its season-opener in Norman against Missouri State has been moved to August 29 instead of happening on September 5.

The reason for the move is it gives the teams more flexibility to address any potential COVID-19 related issues that might come up later in the schedule. The NCAA had to approve a waiver request for the move to happen.

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“If the season is indeed permitted to start as scheduled, the benefit of extra time between games will help our teams manage any variety of possible circumstances that may occur,” said OU athletic director Joe Castiglione. “Our original schedule had an open date between the second and third games, so now we will have a span of five weeks to play three games. It provides us a more gradual approach to safely manage the conditions of these unprecedented times. We’re thankful to Missouri State for their cooperation during this process and to the NCAA for allowing both teams to start the season a week earlier.”

August 29 is the first day of the 2020 college football season, and, as of Friday, only three other contests involving FBS teams were scheduled for that day: Marshall at East Carolina, Idaho State at New Mexico, and UC Davis at Nevada.