Oklahoma and Nebraska’s respective football teams have felt an empty void on Thanksgiving weekend for years.
The once-classic college football rivalry took a hit with the Big 12’s formation in the 90s and then completely wiped out by Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten in 2011.
Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World recently wrote a column regarding the classic series between two of college football’s blue-blood programs. One of the players he spoke with, former Nebraska star and 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, shared his thoughts on the rivalry that will be renewed in 2021 and ’22.
“We play in two or three years,” Rozier said to Emig. “But I think we should have that rivalry back every year, in November or on Thanksgiving. A lot of people miss that. Not just the fans — the players miss it, too.”
The Sooners and Cornhuskers last met under the roof of AT&T Stadium for the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 4, 2010. Oklahoma won 23-20 to take a 45-38-3 lead in the all-time series.
The programs will meet again in Norman, Okla., in 2021 and 2029, and in Lincoln, Neb., in 2022 and 2030.
But until then, Oklahoma and Nebraska fans will have to continue to deal with life without an annual game between two schools that share plenty of mutual respect.
And that on top of a series that resulted in some of the most memorable games in the history of college football.