Nebraska-Oklahoma football game will be played in 2021
After a wild morning of speculation, the Nebraska athletic department has confirmed the Oklahoma football game will be played on Sept. 18 of this year.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — After a wild morning of speculation, the Nebraska athletic department has confirmed the Oklahoma football game will be played on Sept. 18 of this year.
“The University of Nebraska is looking forward to playing Oklahoma in Norman on September 18th,” athletic director Bill Moos said in a statement. “Due to the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to Husker Athletics and the local community, our administration did explore the possibility of adding an eighth home game this fall. 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. We have the utmost respect for the University of Oklahoma, and this storied rivalry, and I know our fans have been excited about this series for a long time. Go Big Red!”
This comes after multiple reports indicated that Nebraska was exploring other options to replace that game.
This game was originally scheduled to celebrated the 50th anniversary of the “Game of the Century” when No. 1 Nebraska defeated No. 2 Oklahoma, 35-31, in 1971.
The two schools are scheduled to play one game in Norman, Okla. this season and then another in Lincoln during the 2022 season.