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Tennessee-Oklahoma scheduled series called off with Sooners' impending move to SEC

Originally the Vols were to play Oklahoma on the road in 2020, but it was canceled due to COVID-19. The Sooners were scheduled to play in Knoxville in 2024.
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Fans dressed in orange and white form the checkerboard pattern in Neyland Stadium before an NCAA college football game against Mississippi Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Football's home-and-home series with Oklahoma will not be played as originally planned.

The Sooners are moving to the SEC in 2025, which is why the series has been called off since it is currently slated as a non-conference game.

The Vols were originally supposed to play Oklahoma in Norman back in September of 2020, but the game didn't happen amid the coronavirus pandemic. That game didn't get a rescheduled date. The Sooners were supposed to make a trip to Neyland Stadium in September 2024.

Tennessee still has UTEP scheduled in the non-conference schedule for 2024.

"The Southeastern Conference has directed the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee to postpone scheduled football games versus Oklahoma because the transition of Oklahoma into the SEC will not allow for the involved institutions to fulfill their respective contractual non-conference home-and-home appearance obligations," the conference released in a statement. "Because the second non-conference game in each of the Georgia-Oklahoma and Tennessee-Oklahoma series is scheduled to take place after Oklahoma joins the SEC in 2025, the Conference is directing the postponement of the Georgia at Oklahoma game in 2023 and the Oklahoma at Tennessee game in 2024 until such time that those matchups become part of the Conference rotation of games in future years."


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