Oklahoma, Nebraska to Play in Non-Conference in 2021

Lincoln Riley

The Oklahoma Sooners will renew acquaintances with former Big 8 and Big 12 rival Nebraska in 2021, as the Sooners released their final non-conference schedule.

The Cornhuskers left the Big 12 Conference in 2011 to move the Big Ten, ending the long-time rivalry between the Huskers and the Sooners.

Oklahoma and Nebraska will play on Sept. 18 in Norman, Oklahoma, ending the Sooners three-game lead-up to Big 12 play.

The Sooners and Cornhuskers played the famed ‘Game of the Century’ in 1971, a game the No. 1 Cornhuskers won, 35-31, over the No. 2 Sooners. Their Sept. 18 matchup marks the 50th anniversary of the game.

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The Sooners’ last meeting with the Cornhuskers came at the end of the 2010 season, with the Sooners winning, 23-20, in the Big 12 Championship game. This will be their first meeting since that game, and the Sooners own a 45-38-3 lead in the series.

The Sooners start the season in New Orleans, Louisiana, to face Tulane on Sept. 4. The game will be played at Yulman Stadium, the home of the Green Wave, which seats just 30,000, as opposed to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the home of the New Orleans Saints. The Sooners have played all of their previous games in the Superdome, with six of them in the Sugar Bowl.

The Sooners return home on Sept. 11 to host Western Carolina, which plays in the Southern Conference in FCS. The Catamounts are set to play an eight-game schedule this spring.

The remaining Oklahoma schedule will come out when the Big 12 schedule is released.

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