By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript
Oklahoma has added another quality home-and-home series to its future schedules. Wednesday, OU and UCLA announced a series for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The Sooners will host the Bruins at Owen Field on Sept. 8, 2018, while the Sooners are scheduled to travel to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Sept. 14, 2019.
“We're delighted to again add UCLA's tradition-rich program to our schedule,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. “Together, we can showcase two great schools in the kind of intersectional matchup that is so good for college sports. And now our longstanding philosophy of scheduling marquee non-conference opponents becomes even more important with the College Football Playoff beginning in 2014.
“We will continue to schedule games of this kind because they benefit our program competitively and because we believe this approach is best for the sport and our tremendous fan base.”
OU originally had LSU on the schedule for the 2018 and 2019 season. That home-and-home series is on hold. The two schools are looking at dates in later years to reschedule those two games.
Oklahoma holds a 3-1 advantage in its all-time series against UCLA. The teams first met in 1986, when No. 1 Oklahoma defeated No. 4 UCLA by a 38-3 margin in Norman. The Sooners also registered a 34-14 win at UCLA in 1990 and claimed a 59-24 victory against the Bruins at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in 2003. UCLA’s lone win against the Sooners was a 41-24 decision in Pasadena in 2005.
The 2019 Oklahoma-UCLA game would mark the Sooners’ fourth-ever contest played in the Rose Bowl. In addition to two previous road games at UCLA, Oklahoma topped Washington State, 34-13, in the 2003 Rose Bowl Game.
OU also announced that it has added Akron to its non-conference schedule for 2015. The Sooners and Zips will square off for the first time in Norman on Sept. 5, 2015. In addition, Louisiana-Monroe, who OU faced in the season opener this season, will for a contest against the Sooners on Sept. 3, 2016.