Nebraska last faced Oklahoma on Dec. 4, 2010. It was the Huskers’ final season in the Big 12 Conference and a matchup in Arlington for the championship game. The Sooners won 13-10.
The two programs have a long history with one another. The rivalry that built over decades played a big part in the two scheduling future dates to meet once again. Tom Osborne—who was Nebraska’s athletic director at the time—helped schedule the home-and-home series in 2021 and 2022 back in 2012.
For coach Scott Frost, the game was a favorite each year “like every Nebraska fan, I think.” Frost remembers attending the Nebraska-Oklahoma games growing up, driving from O’Neill or McCook to get there. The Thanksgiving matchups were particularly special for the coach as well. He played in two himself, including Osborne’s 250th win as a head coach at Nebraska.
The current Huskers were a little young to truly understand the rivalry between Nebraska and Oklahoma, but Frost isn’t concerned about them learning.
“You know, around Nebraska you don’t have to tell people much because people hear everything. I’m sure the guys will hear about it,” he said.
He expects to talk to the team some but it remains a week like any other. Frost isn’t worried about motivation either saying that will ultimately take care of itself for the players. He said the team knows how good Oklahoma is, so he expects them to be excited heading into the matchup. He also expects the team to continue improving.
Unrelated, but what does Frost think about a Nebraska-Oklahoma matchup eventually being a meeting between a Big Ten and SEC team?
“I don’t want to get into all that,” he joked.
More news and notes:
>> True freshman offensive lineman Teddy Prochazka may play a bigger role on Nebraska’s offensive line going forward. Frost said he is “in the conversation” to play in a significant rotation going forward.
As for how Prochazka has evolved as a player, Frost has been impressed.
“I couldn’t believe how big he got, how fast he got big when he got here,” Frost said.
Now it’ll be about managing the four-game rule. Do they want Prochazka to burn his redshirt? Maybe, but that has yet to be determined. Like others, it’ll be a decision as Nebraska goes. If it’s an easy decision, there won’t be much conversation. If it’s a harder one, Frost said they’ll meet with the player and potentially their families to discuss.
>> Frost hopes to have some of Nebraska’s tight ends back for the Oklahoma game.
“Those are some of our most talented skill guys and we need them back,” he said.
Frost also confirmed that Austin Allen landed on his head “and got dizzy” against Buffalo, but hopes he is able to recover quickly.
No one is ruled out right now.
>> Travis Vokolek has been a big help in Nebraska’s blocking game, as well as Allen. That said, Frost has been happy with those that have stepped up in their absence.
“We get spoiled with guys like Austin and Travis,” Frost said. “I thought those guys that played battled.”
Frost added that Chris Hickman has also played a little hurt. While he “can’t say enough about the jobs those guys did,” Frost is looking forward to having Vokolek and Allen back on the field.
>> Special teams will need to be better against Oklahoma.
“Turnovers and special teams, if you’re going to beat a team that’s really talented, you’ve got to win those,” Frost said.
He added that Nebraska will find out if it;s up to the challenge on Saturday.
>> Nebraska and Michigan State have a kickoff time. The two will face off on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. ET./6 p.m. CT.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) September 13, 2021
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