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Nebraska vs. Oklahoma used to be among college football’s greatest rivalries, and now it appears Nebraska is aiming to keep “used to be” as the only part of that equation.
According to Brett McMurphy of Stadium, the Cornhuskers are trying to get out of their scheduled September matchup with the Sooners.
“The Cornhuskers have contacted other schools to play in Lincoln on that date,” McMurphy reported, citing sources. “The game was scheduled to mark 50th anniversary of 1971 ‘Game of the Century’ between No. 1 NU & No. 2 OU.”
This is an interesting — and fairly sad — development involving what used to be one of college football’s top programs.
“Last year, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost said his team would play anywhere,” noted Chris Rosvoglou of The Spun. “Apparently, anywhere does not include Norman, Oklahoma.”
Nebraska is coming off a 3-5 season. Meanwhile, Oklahoma went 9-2 and was ranked sixth in the final AP poll.
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You can also add great college football team to the ‘used to be’ for the Cornhuskers.
I loved Nebraska for being a throwback team to a different time. Now, they are a bunch of weenies.
I’ve always had a soft spot for them, even though they destroyed UF in 1995. Played with them all the time in NCAA football games, especially with their top 90s teams. They just do NOT belong in the Big 10, it just looks so so wrong to see them out of the Big 12. It’s a shame.
Nebraska WAS a great football team back in the day. They had the best weight program at the time of Devaney and Dr. Tom. Other schools caught up. They had a great presence in Texas as a recruiting base when there were in the Big 12. They hated that Texas called the shots in the conference and left to go for the money and the Big 10. They lost their identity and their recruiting base in Texas as they no longer played the Oklahoma and Texas schools and could not sell that to recruits. You reap what you sow. Bad decision if you want to compete for the national championship. Don’t know if they will ever get back. A real problem for the athletic program. What have they done in any major sport since they left the Big 12? Nothing!!!!!
They didn’t do much in their final decade or so in the Big 12 anyway, though.
Athletic Director Peterson hated Frank Solich. He didn’t only fire him, he obliterated the program bringing in Callahan. He could have promoted from within, but wanted to make his own mark on the program. Well, he sure did, as he ran back to Pitt a couple years later.
That mark turned out to be a corn-laded shit stain…
They’re realizing they are strictly middle class now. 7-5 or 8-4 seasons and trips to the Pinstripe Bowl should be the realistic goals.
Just trying to avoid a sound asskicking…