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It’s official: Nebraska, Oklahoma to renew historic rivalry


Three weeks after it was reported that an agreement in principle had been reached, one of the greatest rivalries in the sport is officially back.  Or, at least, it’s scheduled to be back.

Regardless, and in joint press releases, Nebraska and Oklahoma announced that the two schools have signed a contract for a home-and-home football series.  The first game will be played Sept. 18, 2021, in Norman, while the second of the miniseries will be played in Lincoln Sept. 17, 2022.

That first game, incidentally, will be the 50th anniversary of the 1971 “Game of the Century” between the two schools.  And, for those not old enough to remember that game, it’s described thusly in NU’s release:

The contest is the most famous in the series and generally regarded as one of the greatest games in college football history. Top-ranked Nebraska edged No. 2 Oklahoma, 35-31, in Norman and went on to capture its second straight national championship.

The rivalry had seemingly been dead after the Cornhuskers’ left the Big 12 for the Big Ten in July of 2011.  Talks in recent months, however, led to the renewal.

“Our rivalry with Oklahoma has been one of the great traditional matchups in the history of college football,” Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne said in a statement. “The games between the two schools were generally to decide a conference championship, and many times helped determine the national champion. Those matchups were always played with great intensity on the field, but with a great deal of respect from both sides and among the fan bases.

“I know our fans look forward to non-conference games against high-profile opponents like Oklahoma. I’m pleased we were able to finalize this series.”

OU leads the series 40-36-2 and holds a 23-16 edge in Norman.  The two teams last met in the Big 12 championship game following the 2010 season, a 23-20 win for the Sooners.

“Classic rivalries like Oklahoma-Nebraska are part of college football’s historic fabric,” said OU athletic director Joe Castiglione. “The ability to rekindle a fabled series between two tradition-rich programs and two extremely loyal and passionate fan bases was very important to both universities. Playing marquee non-conference opponents remains an integral part of our scheduling philosophy. Games like Oklahoma-Nebraska embody all the qualities that make regular season Saturdays in college football matter to so many.”

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14 Responses to “It’s official: Nebraska, Oklahoma to renew historic rivalry”
  1. steeler1nation says: Nov 29, 2012 3:31 PM

    This is great and all, but damn – I wish there was a way the greatest sport on earth – college football – could implement some sort of “flex” scheduling. Meaning, instead of great match-ups 9 years down the road – they could schedule it 1-2 years beforehand.
    Too many of these great matchups are broken before they’re played because of conference realignment, i.e.: Georgia vs. Ohio State. Would love to have seen that take place.
    Also, a team schedules a tough opponent for 7 years down the road, but then that teams turns to crap by the time the game comes around.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 29, 2012 3:37 PM

    Now we need DeLoss Dodds to get off his high horse and step up to the plate and renew the A&M v Texas rivalry. 3rd oldest in the books.

  3. WingT says: Nov 29, 2012 3:39 PM

    This is really good news. I remember growing up and watching these two teams play every thanksgiving day – they were always hard fought games and usually both teams were in the hunt for the national championship.

    roll tide

  4. thegamecocker says: Nov 29, 2012 3:54 PM

    Good move by both schools! Go Big Red! The CB for Nebraska who through the punch at Alshon Jeefrey in last years bowl game between South Carolina and Nebraska was an A-Hole! What a punk ass MF’er he was!

  5. gorilladunk says: Nov 29, 2012 4:12 PM

    If they could only move it to Thanksgiving weekend……..Even so, better something than nothing.

  6. sssjim7 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:16 PM


  7. psousa1 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:19 PM

    I miss the old Big 8 and Southwest Conference days when a top notch player had to take a pay cut to go to the NFL.

    But those were great days, great rivalries, great conferences. Nowadays big time college sports are treated as a separate professional sports league – not by the kids, not by the networks by the school administrators themselves.

    Air Force to the Big East, Maryland to the Big Ten, when you mention the ATLANTIC Coast Conference Louiville does not come to mind but they will be there. Too bad. Still a lot of great stuff going on in thefootball field and basketball courts. Just the school presidents, AD’s and Conference governing bodies screwing it up.

  8. lowtalker says: Nov 29, 2012 5:50 PM

    hey gamecocker . . . . . the CB did not “through” the punch . . . . he “threw” the punch . . . anyway . . two schools with great football tradition

  9. beavertonsteve says: Nov 29, 2012 6:22 PM

    You know who should be excited? The middle schoolers who will actually be playing in these games… Who knows what shape these programs (or any program for that matter) will be in almost a decade from now.

  10. kiopta1 says: Nov 29, 2012 7:10 PM

    All this decade from now scheduling is ridiculous.

  11. coolhorn46 says: Nov 29, 2012 7:27 PM

    Think this scheduling a decade in advance is ridiculous??? Wait till we get to sixteen-team super conferences. You’ll be lucky to see one such traditional matchup played per year, due to scheduling restrictions from the larger conferences. Enjoy those kind of games while you can, because they won’t be around much longer, unless they’re conference rivalries.

  12. bender4700 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:10 PM

    hey Gamecocker

    Didn’t they both get ejected? Yes, they BOTH GOT TOSSED! They both threw punches and got thrown out for letting the heat of the emotions get to them.

    You should let it go. Remember when SC got into a rumble at mid field? Allllll those players are “punk ass MFer’s”.

    See I can randomly bring up things and make a judgement off one incident too.

    Alfonso Dennard, the MFer’s name, got drafted by Bill Belichick and the Patriots where he’s currently playing a bigger role and becoming one of their starters.

  13. bender4700 says: Nov 29, 2012 11:51 PM

    WingT says: Nov 29, 2012 3:39 PM

    This is really good news. I remember growing up and watching these two teams play every thanksgiving day – they were always hard fought games and usually both teams were in the hunt for the national championship.


    Well said sir. :)

  14. wakiash says: Nov 30, 2012 7:15 AM

    looking forward it–despite the fact I will probably be dead and my ashes scattered in front of Old Central at THE Oklahoma State University!!!

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