OU loses Georgia, Tennessee football series because of move to SEC

The Sooners’ home football game against Georgia in 2023 won’t happen. Neither will OU’s road trip to Tennessee in 2024. That’s because the SEC directed Georgia and Tennessee to postpone those games since Oklahoma is moving to the SEC.

Because the second non-conference game in each of the Oklahoma-Georgia and Oklahoma-Tennessee series is scheduled to take place after OU is scheduled to join the SEC in 2025, the SEC told the universities to postpone the Georgia at Oklahoma game and the Oklahoma at Tennessee game until those matchups become part of the conference rotation of games in future years.

The Sooners replaced the Georgia series with a home-and-home series against SMU. OU will host the Mustangs on Sept. 9, 2023 and will play at SMU on Sept. 11, 2027. OU is also working to replace its home-and-home series with Tennessee and will announce those details when they are finalized.

“We recognize the original excitement in hosting Georgia next season and traveling to Knoxville in 2024, and the short-term disappointment this news may bring, but the circumstances obviously dictated a change in our schedules,” said OU Vice President and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione. “The good news is that future SEC schedules will provide a reasonable rotation whereby Georgia and Tennessee come to Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, and we will also play on those great campuses.

“And we’re grateful to be able to fill the Georgia scheduling gap with the series against SMU, a program that has won 25 games over the last three seasons. Special thanks to SMU Athletics Director Rick Hart for his cooperation during this shift in scheduling.”