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Sooners AD Bent At 11:00 A.M. Start Time v. Nebraska

In 1971 Nebraska and Oklahoma clashed on a dark and dreary Thanksgiving afternoon in a game the Huskers won 35-31 en route to a second consecutive National Championship. That day 55 million television viewers saw eventual Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers and 'going, going, gone.' Oklahoma QB Jack Mildren also did well in a losing cause and earned second star of the game. The programs continued to play semi-regularly as Big XII members until Nebraska became a BINO (Big Ten in name only) in 2011. When the schools announced a home and home non-conference set back in 2012, writers mused how the players, cheerleaders and band members were then grade schoolers. But everyone grows up fast - the Huskers and Sooners are set to do battle on September 18th for the 50th anniversary of the self-proclaimed Game of the Century. Sub out Chris Schenkel and Bud Wilkerson with Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt, along with a way updated Sooners Stadium, and it sounds like a plan. Except for the 11:00 a.m. local 'Big Noon Kickoff idea'. Less than a month ago OU Athletic Director Joe Castiglione announced he was 'bitterly disappointed' that FOX did not set the game for a later kickoff. Translated - Castiglione is pissed. Actually, the Ohio State v. Michigan have gotten used to the noon kickoff drill, as well as Nebraska since the Huskers program tumbled from relevancy. To state the obvious, 11 a.m. starts great impact fans ability to 'pregame', unless they opt to just hit the bottle all of Friday night. Incidentally, Oklahoma is installed as only an 18-point favorite for the game. Run, don't walk to your nearest betting window in Council Bluffs to bet against your team Husker fan.


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