Nebraska's caravan of RVs headed into Oklahoma on farewell tour

by Jenni Carlson Modified: October 22, 2010 at 8:03 pm •  Published: October 22, 2010
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The fine folks from Nebraska like to say that you can walk all the way from Lincoln to any road football game without your feet ever touching the ground.

That's because you can step from the roof of one motor home to another in the caravan of RVs.

Cornhusker football fans are legendary travelers. For decades, they've been showing up en masse regardless of where their team is playing. Already this season, tens of thousands of them have ventured to games at Washington and Kansas State.

Today at Oklahoma State will be no different.

What's more, this could be the last time that the Sea of Red flows into our fair state for many years to come. With Nebraska jumping to the Big Ten next season, the only way the Huskers would return to the state is for a nonconference game.

OU and Nebraska officials have discussed a possible future series. It would be a home-and-home with the 2021 game played in Norman on the 50th anniversary of the original Game of the Century. With the lovefest that's broken out between these two schools, there's a good chance they'll strike a deal.

But there's little chance that OSU will play Nebraska any time soon. Neither school is probably all that interested in scheduling such a treacherous nonconference game in the near future. The Cowboys are trying to build their program, and the Huskers will be acclimating to the Big Ten.

That means that today may well be the last time Nebraska fans venture to our state for a decade or more.

Sounds like they intend to make the most of it. Upward of 10,000 of them are expected to be in Stillwater. OSU officials have said that they anticipate only about half of those fans will attend the game.

The other half? A bunch of them will be hanging out at Stillwater High. The Oklahoma Cornhusker Club has rented the school's parking lot and football stadium.

Hello, Huskerville.

Before the game, they'll have a barbecue buffet and a pep rally. Included on the invite list: Tom Osborne, Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier and Eric Crouch.

I guess that's a decent lineup, if you're into legendary coaches and Heisman Trophy winners and that type of thing.

Of course, 10,000 Nebraska fans is an intimate gathering compared to some of their past traveling parties. In 2000, 30,000 Husker fans ventured to Notre Dame, a place that's difficult to find two tickets much less 30,000 of them. In 2002, upward of 70,000 Nebraska fans voyaged to the national championship game held at the Rose Bowl.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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