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The Illinois State football team continues to prove it won’t shy away from the highest level of competition. The Redbirds will play at perennial power Oklahoma on September 2, 2023, in Norman, Oklahoma.

The Sooners are one of the nation’s premier Bowl Subdivision programs with seven national championships, seven Heisman trophy winners, and four College Football Playoff appearances to date.

The two universities are connected by former Redbird Assistant Athletic Director Kenny Mossman, who is now the senior associate athletic director of external operations at Oklahoma.

Oklahoma is the fifth confirmed Power-5 conference team the Redbirds will play in the 2020s. They already have guaranteed or scheduled games at Illinois on September 4 of this year, Wisconsin (2022), Iowa (2024), and Missouri (2027).

In addition, Illinois State will also play FBS opponents Western Michigan (2021) and Northern Illinois (2026) this decade.