Oklahoma and Nebraska football will revive one of the game’s most storied rivalries when the Sooners and Cornhuskers play the first of two home-and-home series from 2021-2022. The first matchup will take place in Norman, Okla., before the scene shifts to Lincoln, Neb., the following year.
The 2021 game will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1971 meeting, labeled The Game of the Century, in which Nebraska defeated Oklahoma 35-31 in Norman. Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos anticipates that at least the Sooners’ visit to Lincoln in 2022 will have a similar tune.
When asked on Tuesday if the Cornhuskers will do anything special to commemorate the anniversary of the game, Moos responded with this:
“The most special thing we’re going to do is beat them.” — Nebraska AD Bill Moos
We’ll find out for sure once the teams take the field at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln that September.
A little history lesson — while the Cornhuskers dominated the series as recently as the 1990s, Oklahoma leads the all-time series with 45-38-3. And while the teams have not met since the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game, Oklahoma won six of the final eight meetings before Nebraska left for the Big Ten after the 2010 season.
Adding to Oklahoma’s favor, the Sooners’ juniors and seniors in 2022 will be largely composed of members from the highly touted 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes. Any redshirts from the Class of 2018 will be playing in their final season, while Class of 2019 prospects could be playing as either seniors or redshirt juniors. The Sooners’ 2018 recruiting class was ranked No. 9 in the nation, while the 2019 recruiting class is currently ranked No. 3 overall and No. 1 in the Big 12., according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Emotions will be high on both sides once the series arrives. But if Moos’ bold proclamation is to materialize, Nebraska coach Scott Frost will have some serious work to do in the time leading up to the return of a rivalry that almost every Big 12 fan misses.