NORMAN — It's official: Oklahoma and Nebraska will renew their historic football rivalry with a home-and-home series, scheduled for the Sept. 18, 2021 in Norman and Sept. 17, 2022 in Lincoln, Neb.
OU confirmed the series in a release Thursday afternoon, but outgoing Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne told the Omaha World-Herald three weeks ago that the series was agreed to “in principle.”
Osborne said then that scheduling an Oklahoma series was a goal he wanted to achieve before stepping down.
“Classic rivalries like Oklahoma-Nebraska are part of college football's historic fabric,” said OU athletics 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.”
Owen Field is the planned site for the first game, which was scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of 1971's “Game of the Century,” won 35-31 by Nebraska in Norman.
That year, Osborne and Barry Switzer were offensive coordinators at Nebraska and Oklahoma, respectively.
Both Osborne and Switzer became their schools' head coaches and won three national championships each; the coaching legends met 17 times, with OU winning 12 of those contests.
The once-great OU vs. Nebraska series took its first big hit with the Big 12 Conference's split into North and South Divisions; the rivals were only scheduled to meet in two out of every four seasons.
The Sooners and Cornhuskers have played 86 times, with Oklahoma holding a 45-38-3 series advantage. The last time they played was in the 2010 Big 12 Championship game, which the Sooners won 23-20.
Today, Nebraska is nearing the end of its second Big 10 Conference season.
“Playing marquee non-conference opponents remains an integral part of our scheduling philosophy,” Castiglione said. “Games like Oklahoma-Nebraska embody all the qualities that make regular season Saturdays in college football matter to so many.”