TUSCALOOSA — Four months after its memorable semifinal showdown in the Orange Bowl, Alabama and Oklahoma are taking their budding rivalry to the next level.
The two powerhouse programs have agreed to play a home-and-home series against one another beginning in 2032, with the return game coming a year later in 2033.
“We’ve worked diligently at adding high-caliber home-and-home series to our future football non-conference schedules, and we are excited to announce this one with Oklahoma for the 2032 and 2033 seasons,” Alabama director of athletics Greg Byrne said in a statement. “Alabama and Oklahoma are two of the most storied programs in college football history, and this certainly will give both teams and fan bases a tremendous opportunity during the regular season.”
The Crimson Tide will travel to Norman, Okla., for the first game of the series on Sept. 11, 2032, with the Sooners coming to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 10, 2033.
Oklahoma is the fourth major Division I opponent – and third Big 12 opponent – that Alabama has scheduled for future home-and-home opportunities, following Texas in 2022-23, West Virginia in 2026-27 and Notre Dame in 2028-29.
Alabama and Oklahoma have met on six occasions with the Sooners holding a 3-2-1 advantage in the series, though the Crimson Tide won the most recent game, 45-34, in the Capital One Orange Bowl this past season.
“Alabama and Oklahoma are two of the most tradition-rich programs in college football history, and we are pleased to be able to add a home-and-home series with them to our schedule in 2032 and 2033,” Tide head coach Nick Saban said the same statement. “We played an exciting game with OU this past season in the Orange Bowl and matchups like this are so important to college football. It is not only great for the fans, but our team always enjoys challenges like these outside of SEC play.”
The Tide is scheduled to open the 2019 season against Duke in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Aug. 31 in Atlanta, following a trend of big-money neutral site season openers Alabama has utilized over the last decade.