Oklahoma plans to play. Whether or not Nebraska makes the trip to Norman remains to be seen.

Friday, Brett McMurphy of Stadium reported that Nebraska was trying to find a way out of its 2021 game against Oklahoma, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18. It was unclear why the Huskers might try to dodge the game, but it appears that there is at least some smoke to the report.

Shortly after the news trickled out, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione sent out a statement of his own. The Sooners are planning to play the game.

“The Oklahoma-Nebraska football series represents one of the most unique traditional rivalries in college football,” the statement said. “It features fierce competition, yet genuine mutual respect between the programs and fan bases. The planning for this game was intentional as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Game of the Century. We’ve been looking forward to celebrating these two storied programs and have collaborated on various aspects of what promises to be a special weekend. We full intend and expect to play the game as it is scheduled.”

The game this year is part of a home-and-home series between the Huskers and Sooners. Next year’s game is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17 in Lincoln.

Nebraska and Oklahoma were rivals in the Big 12 before the Huskers moved to the B1G. Both head coach Scott Frost and athletic director Bill Moos have commented on restoring some of those rivalry games during non-conference competition.

Will Nebraska actually back out? We’ll probably find out pretty soon.