Nebraska–Oklahoma football rivalry
|First meeting||November 23, 1912|
Nebraska 13, Oklahoma 9
|Latest meeting||December 4, 2010|
Oklahoma 23, Nebraska 20
|Next meeting||September 18, 2021 |
|All-time series||Oklahoma leads, 45–38–3|
|Largest victory||Nebraska, 69–7 (1997)|
|Longest win streak||Oklahoma, 16 (1943–58)|
|Locations of Nebraska and Oklahoma|
The Nebraska–Oklahoma football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team of the University of Nebraska and Oklahoma Sooners football team of the University of Oklahoma. The rivalry continued in the Big 12 Conference until 2010, though the rivalry was more prominent when both teams were members of the former Big Eight Conference before 1996. The annual series effectively ended when Oklahoma was lined up in the Southern division of the newly formed Big 12 to maintain its rivalry with Texas and also its recruiting hotbeds in Texas. As both teams won their respective divisions in 2010, they met in the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game. Following the 2010 season, Nebraska left the Big 12 for the Big Ten Conference. As a result, the 2009 meeting turned out to be the last regular-season scheduled meeting. Nebraska's departure left the future of the rivalry in doubt. The two teams have agreed to play a home-and-home non-conference series scheduled for 2021 in Norman (to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1971 classic) and 2022 in Lincoln. They added games in 2029 and 2030 as well.
The rivalry had been less intense since the 1996 forming of the Big 12 Conference. This was due to the split-division nature of the Big 12 that scheduled the Cornhuskers and Sooners to meet only twice every four years. Before the beginning of Big 12 play in 1996, the Cornhuskers and Sooners had met for 71 straight years.
These teams have been involved in several historic match-ups, such as the Game of the Century (November 25, 1971), where the teams came into the game ranked one and two in the Associated Press Poll, often making these games of great importance in deciding the national championship. Historically, the rivalry's most distinguishing quality had been the grudging respect and appreciation between the two tradition-rich programs. Also of note is the game's former status as the premier Thanksgiving Day game (or Friday) for the middle of the country.
Oklahoma gave Nebraska their only regular-season losses in 1964, 1966, 1975, 1979, and 1987, while Nebraska did the same to Oklahoma in 1971 and 1978, when they met twice; once in the regular season with a Nebraska home win (to stop a six-game Sooner streak), and at the Orange Bowl with an Oklahoma victory.
The 1959 meeting is often considered Nebraska’s biggest upset ever. On that Halloween day, the unranked Cornhuskers defeated #19 Oklahoma 25–21 in Lincoln, ending the Sooners' 74-game conference win streak and their 16-game win streak over Nebraska.
End of the rivalry
On June 11, 2010, the University of Nebraska announced that its regents had unanimously voted to end the university's affiliation with the Big 12 Conference, and would be joining the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2011 season. The two teams met one final time in the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game before Nebraska joined the Big Ten, which Oklahoma won 23–20.
In 2012 an agreement was reached between the two schools to play a home-and-home series during the 2021 and 2022 seasons. In 2016, the schools announced an additional home-and-home series for 2029 and 2030.
|Nebraska victories||Oklahoma victories||Tie games|
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