Oklahoma adds Illinois State to 2025 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The Oklahoma Sooners have added the Illinois State Redbirds to their 2025 football schedule, OU’s official athletics website indicates.

Oklahoma will host Illinois State at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2025. The game, which will be the season-opener, will mark the first-ever gridiron meeting between the two schools.

Illinois State is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Redbirds are scheduled to play their postponed fall 2020 football season this spring beginning on Saturday, Feb. 20 on the road at Missouri State.

The addition of Illinois State tentatively completes Oklahoma’s non-conference schedule for the 2025 season. Following the contest against Illinois State, the Sooners are slated to host the Michigan Wolverines on Sept. 6 before traveling to take on the Temple Owls on Sept. 13.

Home Big 12 opponents for Oklahoma in 2025 include Iowa State, TCU, Texas Tech, and West Virginia. The Sooners are scheduled to travel to play Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and Texas (in Arlington, Texas).

Oklahoma is the first known non-conference opponent for Illinois State’s 2025 football schedule.

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