When is All Forgiven?
The word is that Nebraska and Oklahoma are both open to a home and home series in 2020 and 2021 to mark the anniversary of the Game of the Century. Clearly, some of the rhetoric saying that Big 12 teams would be unwilling to schedule games with Nebraska in the future, wasn't all it was cracked up to be. If OU's game for scheduling, who else might be? And how soon might we begin to see it?
You would think that Colorado has no axe to grind. They technically announced their departure from the Big 12 first. They also have had trouble selling tickets to football games and thus often have to schedule tough out of conference competition. Considering the intensity of the series at one time, particularly the emotions on the CU side, this one makes sense. The Huskers continue to recruit in Colorado and given that the states share a border, it seems like an obvious one.
Missouri was disappointed to be left out of the Big Ten at one time. They openly stated their desire to join the conference. It may have even seem like Nebraska stole their slot. But now that the Tigers are headed to the SEC, you'd think bygones would be bygones. The bigger barrier might be Mizzou's desire to remain bowl eligible. Considering the beating they could take in their new conference, they may not be seeking to schedule too many BCS schools out of conference. The schedules for MU in 2013 and seem to bear that out.
Texas A&M doesn't share a border with Nebraska, but they do share a burning hatred of the University of Texas. The Aggies are in the same boat as Mizzou when it comes to winning at least six games a year. Adding tough nonconference games may undermine their hopes of getting their program on track. It might also make sense for a little more time to pass after the one-sided officiating in College Station in 2010.
The old Big 12 North schools that remained in the Texas conference might have the biggest grudge against the Huskers. At one time, it looked like the Big 12 South schools might join up with the Pac-10 while Nebraska headed to the Big Ten. It was like NU was happily leaving them to die. But at some point, the obvious fiscal benefit of playing a series against a team that is a short drive away will probably become too appealing to ignore. Unlike MU and A&M, some added schedule strength might make sense for this group, particularly if Texas continues to underwhelm. You'd have to think it will be a few years before it can happen though.
Oklahoma State could conceivably schedule Nebraska, but given how "meh" the series was generally, there doesn't seem much point. It's not like the schools are in close proximity. So why bother? Similarly, Baylor and Texas Tech wouldn't seem to have any special appeal to Husker fans.
What about the Longhorns? Don't hold your breath.