Dec 4, 2010; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooner running back DeMarco Murray (7) runs with the ball against Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Lavonte David (4) during the Big 12 championship game at Cowboys Stadium. The Sooners beat the Cornhuskers 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

OU Football: Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry renewed

The 2012 election results are still unknown, but the future definitely looks bright for college football.

The Omaha World-Herald reported today the Oklahoma-Nebraska could make a return.

Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne said on Monday that NU has agreed “in principle” to play Oklahoma in a home-and-home series. The contracts aren’t signed, but that’s expected to be a formality, as both sides want it to happen, Osborne said.

Sources at NU say the first game likely will be played in Norman, Okla., in 2021 — the 50th anniversary of the 1971 “Game of the Century,” also played at Owen Field. Then it’s back to Lincoln in 2022.

Osborne, who steps down as A.D. on Jan. 1, 2013, said this was something he wanted to have done before he left. What a perfect capper to his stint as athletic director.

Tom Shatel, Omaha World-Herald

This will undoubtedly be a treat for the fans of both schools and for college football fans who enjoy classic rivalries.

If this deal is signed, then the game would obviously not be played for another nine years. However, optimistically it would be more than enough time for both programs to be at the top of the college football world.

And if that is the case, then it could mean more Oklahoma-Nebraska home-and-home series to follow. Or, fingers crossed, Oklahoma-Nebraska becomes a permanent non-conference game.

The fans want this game. The series is not necessarily dominated by one or the other, and both hold history most schools would love to claim.

To think Oklahoma’s 23-20 win over Nebraska in the 2010 Big 12 Championship may not be the last time these two meet is a blessing and 2021 can not get here fast enough.

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