Oklahoma has petitioned the NCAA to allow the Sooners to move up their season opener against Missouri State a week. Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World file

Oklahoma’s football opener could be moved up a week, if the NCAA grants a waiver allowing it.

According to a report from The Oklahoman, OU is seeking for the home game against Missouri State to be moved from Sept. 5 to Aug. 29.

The rationale is to provide an off week after each of the first two games, giving more time for COVID-19 testing and potential quarantine or isolation, according to the report.

For the rest of the nonconference schedule, the Sooners are slated to host Tennessee on Sept. 12 before a visit to Army on Sept. 26.

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