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It may be in a nursing home, but 'Huskers-Sooners rivalry ain't dead yet

The storied Nebraska-Oklahoma Big Eight rivalry took a sizable hit upon the formation of the Big 12 and the two schools being placed in separate divisions.  The rivalry then took what was perceived to be a near-fatal blow when the Cornhuskers decided to accept an invitation and move on to the Big Ten next season.

However, and while a significant period of hibernation is in the offing, the classic match-up ain’t quite dead just yet.

The athletic directors at both schools — Nebraska’s Tom Osborne, Oklahoma’s Joe Castiglione — have told USA Today that there have been discussions regarding a future home-and-home series between the longtime rivals.  The series could be played in 2020 and 2021, although Berry Tramel of Tulsa World writes that the series could take place in 2021 and 2022.

Either way, it appears that, if this were to get done, the 2021 game would be played in Norman as that year would mark the 50th anniversary of the Cornhuskers’ classic 35-31 win over the Sooners on the same field.

It appears, though, there’s still some work to do in order for this to become a done deal.

“But we can’t make a decision until we know if the Big Ten is going from eight conference games to nine,” Osborne said. “Once that shakes out, we’ll see what we can work out.”

(It’s curious that Osborne would say if the Big Ten goes to nine conference games; it’s been widely reported that it’s all but a done deal the conference adds a game to their current eight-game slate in 2015.  Is there an unreported movement afoot to keep the future conference schedule at its current number?)

Based on the way the season has gone thus far, there’s a fairly decent chance that the two schools could very well face each other in the final Big 12 title game.  If either stubs their toe along the way, Nov. 7, 2009, could be the final time the rivals square off on the gridiron for a very, very long time.

And it will also mean that the Sooner faithful will retain the right to lord their advantage over Husker Nation for a, very long time as well as OU leads the series 44-38-3.

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6 Responses to “It may be in a nursing home, but 'Huskers-Sooners rivalry ain't dead yet”
  1. Oregon2000 says: Oct 6, 2010 11:11 AM

    It’s disappointing this great rivalry has ended, there should have been a way to grandfather in the series after the SWC schools entered the old Big 8. In a perfect world, these teams would always play one another regardless of conference affiliation. I can’t imagine Husker and Sooner fans would prefer seeing South Dakota State and Utah State on their schedules.

  2. grandavenue says: Oct 6, 2010 11:11 AM

    Do it!
    Every year! But at least do a home-and-home series here soon.
    DO IT!!!

  3. fatediesel says: Oct 6, 2010 11:57 AM

    Every Big 10 school and coach is against going to a 9-game conference schedule. If they get vocal enough about their dislike and unite against it the conference isn’t likely to go to a 9-game schedule.

  4. Matthew in Wisconsin says: Oct 6, 2010 2:30 PM

    Being a member of the HUSKER NATION, Wisconsin chapter, I would rather lose to Oklahoma Sooners, or another first rate team; than win against third rate teams such as South Dakota, Western Kentucky, Idaho. (No offence intended to those schools.)
    Call it the Boise State Syndrome. Who exactly have the Broncos played that are worth a crap!?! (Offence is intended! Million dollar payoff, yeah… right! ) . A good game against Oklahoma is something special. Who have the Huskers played so far this season. Ummmm… nobody I would ever care to play again. Let’s fix that!
    In addition to being opponents worthy of a rivalry (Colorado? Not really.) Oklahoma is a class act that doesn’t believe the Big 12 Conference should revolve what one school wants. If you’ve ever seen a Longhorn, you’ve seen a large pile off bullshit right behind it. Oklahoma is a good program, with great fans. I’d be proud to have the Sooners as the Cornhusker’s Rival!
    The Huskers should play Oklahoma, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio State every year. That would create a schedule worthy of a REAL national champions.
    Boise State plays Toledo this Saturday. Seriously the Mud Hens!?! (Yeah, yeah, yeah… the Rockets.) That is national champion level of play? Serious?!? Kansas State is 4 -0 and the first real threat the Huskers have faced. “Bout time.
    Bring on the Oklahoma – Nebraska Rivalry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. mike says: Oct 6, 2010 3:15 PM

    The SKERS don’t want any of my Sooners. It is obvious the Uncle Tom is crawfishin, he knows that there will be a full Big 10 schedule and there will be no nonconference pairings.
    The only reason that the Corndodger bolted from the 12 is because they haven’t won a Big 12 Championship since Jesus Christ was a carpenters apprentice.

  6. Nebraska and Oklahoma inching closer to meet beyond Big 12 title game | CollegeFootballTalk says: Dec 1, 2010 8:31 PM

    […] athletic director Tom Osborne stated that the two universities have been working to create a home-and-home series for the better part of four months, which would have the game played at Oklahoma in 2020 and at […]

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