Many teams have tried to initiate a rivalry with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Big Ten conference assigned them a designated cross-divisional rival in the Penn State Nittany Lions and has essentially forced “The Heroes Game” between the Cornhuskers and Iowa Hawkeyes, but only one team has truly had an acknowledged rivalry with Nebraska: the Oklahoma Sooners.
When the Cornhuskers departed the Big 12, both sides felt somewhat heartbroken as a game once played annually now wasn’t going to be played at all with any renewal of pleasantries up in the air.
Good news for Nebraska and Oklahoma fans both new and old who appreciate this storied series is coming out of Lincoln. Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne announced that the Cornhuskers have agreed “in principle” to a home-and-home series with the Sooners slated for 2021 and 2022.
The first game is allegedly to be scheduled in Norman on the 50th anniversary of the epic 1971 “Game of the Century” before returning to Lincoln the following year.
It’s no surprise that completing a contract for this series is something that Osborne wanted to accomplish before he steps down from his current role to make way for newcomer Shawn Eichorst effective January 1, 2013.
Extending feelers to former Big Eight and Big 12 members for future series shouldn’t be unexpected by Nebraska, especially to the Colorado Buffaloes, a team that always saw red when playing the Cornhuskers and not just in the literal sense. Then again, at this point, what program wouldn’t want to schedule Colorado?
Brandon Cavanaugh is a college football columnist for Rant Sports and member of the Football Writers Association of America. Feel free to follow him on Twitter and join in on the conversation.