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50th Game-iversary Back On: Nebraska Will Play Oklahoma This Fall

Nebraska vs. Oklahoma football is still a go in fall 2021, according to the latest updates out of cash-strapped Lincoln.

The Cornhuskers had reportedly been looking for a more lucrative option, but they have now stopped the search and committed to playing the latest round of the long-standing rivalry in Norman, Okla.

According to Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos, Husker athletics has taken a financial beating during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, he admitted, the administration had explored the possibility of adding an eighth home game in the fall to help offset it.

"That option would have helped us mitigate cost-cutting measures and provide a much-needed boost to our local economy. Ultimately, the decision was made to move forward with our game at Oklahoma in 2021,” said Moos.

The AD also stressed the Huskers’ respect for Sooners and said that their fans “have been excited about the series for a long time.”

Nebraska and Oklahoma are set to meet for the 87th time on Sept. 18, when they will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the “Game of the Century.” Also played on the Sooners’ home field in Norman, that game saw then-No. 1 Nebraska prevail over No. 2 Oklahoma 35-31.

Though the Huskers have been in the Big Ten since the 2011 season, the rivalry has been one of the most storied in college football history. The teams agreed in 2012 to revive the old Big Eight/Big 12 matchup with a home-and-home series in 2021 and 2022. They added another home-and-home for 2029 (Norman) and 2030 (Lincoln) in 2016.


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