Report: Nebraska has contacted multiple Group of 5 schools to potentially replace Oklahoma game
Instead of playing Oklahoma, Nebraska might be backing out and attempt to schedule a Group of 5 opponent instead. That’s the latest from Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, who reported some big news on Fri
Friday, McMurphy 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. The game is part of a home-and-home series that will be played in Norman in 2021 and Lincoln in 2022.
Later in the day, McMurphy said that Nebraska has reached out to Old Dominion, as well as MAC schools, about coming to Lincoln during the 2021 season.
MAC schools & Old Dominion are among those Nebraska contacted to play in Lincoln on Sept. 18, industry sources told @Stadium. Nebraska is looking to get out of playing at Oklahoma Sept. 18, sources said. This year marks 50th anniversary of the 1971 NU-OU Game of the Century
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) March 12, 2021
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.
Despite the reports from Nebraska’s side, Oklahoma intends to play the game as planned.
“The Oklahoma-Nebraska football series represents one of the most unique traditional rivalries in college football,” said OU athletic director Joe Castiglione. “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.”
No comment has come out of Nebraska at this time.