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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
OU announces two-game series with Army


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Oklahoma and Army have signed an agreement to begin a two-game football series in 2018, both schools announced Tuesday.

The Sooners will host the Black Knights on Sept. 22, 2018, then travel to West Point, N.Y., to return the game on Sept. 26, 2020.

"Naturally, we're thrilled to announce this agreement with Army," Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a prepared statement. "We have tremendous respect for what the Academy represents and will be privileged to share the football field with its team.

"We also recognize the large number of military personnel serving in the general vicinity of Norman and we hope that this series intrigues and excites them just as it does us. And, of course, on the return game, we will be very near New York City, which provides very good East Coast exposure for our program and university."

Oklahoma has played Army three times in school history, claiming two of the games. The Sooners won the most recent game in the series when Bud Wilkinson's team claimed a 14-8 victory over Army in Yankee Stadium on Nov. 18, 1961.

With Army committing to play at least one "marquee" game every season at Yankee Stadium in upcoming seasons, the Sooners game potentially could move to New York City. But the game is attractive to many Sooner fans because of the opportunity to play at picturesque Michie Stadium, where Oklahoma has not played since 1946.

Oklahoma is 3-2 overall against the service academies with a 1-0 mark against Air Force and a 0-1 record against Navy. The Sooners will meet Air Force in Norman in 2010.

The Sooners under Bob Stoops have shown perhaps the biggest commitment to play power schools from across the country as any Big 12 school. Oklahoma's future schedule has a game at Miami this season and home-and-home series planned with Florida State (2010-2011), Notre Dame (2012-2013), Tennessee (2014-2015), Ohio State (2016-2017) and LSU (2018-19).  

And while Army schedule might not be as potentially rigorous as those games, the chance to play a service academy again has to be attractive to most Oklahoma fans.

I'm curious. Would Oklahoma fans rather play at Yankee Stadium or on the Army campus? Which venue would hold the most appeal for them?