“We are bitterly disappointed that the great Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry for the 50th anniversary of the Game of the Century begins at 11 am. [local time] “Castiglione said in a statement. We have tried all possible means to proactively defend our cause. The Big 12 conference also supported our hard work to ensure a more traditional time that would honor this game and our fans. However, in the end, our TV partner chose to exercise all of its contractual rights and refused our requests. “
Fox’s “Big Noon Saturday” show is also slated to air by Norman just before the game.
The game, which was slated for 2012, is a renewal of one of the great college football rivalries of the Big Eight and, later, the Big 12, with a home series slated for 2021 and 2022 and then again for 2029. (in Norman) and 2030 (in Lincoln, Nebraska). The teams last met in the 2010 Big 12 Championship game before the Cornhuskers moved to the Big Ten the following season.
This season’s game marks the anniversary of the legendary 1971 clash between No.1 Nebraska and No.2 Oklahoma, with the Cornhuskers winning 35-31.
TV hour isn’t the first upheaval surrounding this year’s game. Reports suggested in March that Nebraska were trying to get out of the game, before Huskers athletic director Bill Moos admitted they explored adding an eighth home game.
“This option would have helped us mitigate cost-cutting measures and give our local economy a much needed boost,” he said. “Ultimately the decision was made to move forward with our game in Oklahoma in 2021.”
Castiglione also spoke at the time about the importance of the game and said Oklahoma will be hosting events around it.
“The planning for this game was intentional as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Game of the Century,” Castiglione said in March. “We looked forward to celebrating these two historic programs and collaborated on various aspects of what promises to be a special weekend.”