There’s a number of intriguing non-conference matchups in the opening weeks of the 2018 college football season. Among those is Oklahoma’s home game vs. Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic in Week 1.
The game is set to be played in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Sept. 1 — with the kickoff time and TV channel to be announced.
The matchup between the Sooners and Owls isn’t exactly a “game of the century” contest — at least not when comparing each school’s history on the gridiron. Oklahoma is leaps and bounds ahead of Florida Atlantic when it comes to winning and school tradition.
Nonetheless, Kiffin is one of the most notorious and polarizing active coaches in college football, and that gives what would otherwise be a routine Power 5 vs. Group of 5 matchup an entirely different flavor. The Owls have even installed a “beat Oklahoma” countdown clock in the team’s facilities back in Boca Raton, Fla.
So with all of the storylines present, why not give the game a grand stage rather than competing with countless other Week 1 games on Saturday?
Well, SB Nation also feels that way — so much that our friends over there have made a full proposal for the game to moved from Sept. 1 to a Thursday-night contest on Aug. 30., complete with a list of reasons as to why the switch should be made.
You can read all of the details in the proposal yourself. But as you may expect, Kiffin’s presence is a highly influential factor as to why some people want the contest to be played on a day where only one other game involving a Power 5 team (Texas A&M vs. Northwestern State) has a kick-off time set in stone.
All three of Oklahoma’s non-conference games in 2018 are set to be played on home-turf for the Sooners. Oklahoma takes on UCLA in Week 2 before playing host to Army in Week 4, with the team’s Big 12 opener vs. Iowa State sandwiched in-between. Oklahoma does not currently have any Thursday night games scheduled for 2018.