Open a New Chapter by Closing with Tradition

On Saturday, December 4, 2010, the Universities of Nebraska & Oklahoma will meet for the 86th time in football competition.  This rivalry began in 1912 and the teams have been members of the same conference since 1928.  Although, this will be only the second time these two teams have met in an official conference championship game (the first having been the 2006 Big 12 Championship) the teams have held both of the top two spots of the Big Six or Big Eight conference 21 times.  Prior to the establishment of the Big 12 conference, Nebraska and Oklahoma had each acquired 26 conference championships in 65 years of play.

On five occasions, Oklahoma has given Nebraska their only loss of the regular season.  Nebraska has done the same to Oklahoma in three seasons.  Oklahoma leads the series 44-38-3.  Saturday’s contest will be the 15th Big 12 championship game.  It will be the 8th appearance in the championship game for the Sooners and the 6th for the Cornhuskers.  Oklahoma has earned six Big 12 titles and Nebraska has earned two.  30 of the previous 85 games have been decided by a touchdown or less.The very first football game played in Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium was versus the University of Oklahoma in 1959.

Next season, for the first time in 83 years, Oklahoma and Nebraska will play in different conferences, effectively ending this traditional rivalry.

This game holds meaning for me, because I also am starting a new chapter in my life and have just gone through some traditional rituals as a part of that transition process.  I am reminded that tradition is not just a mirror to the past, but a gateway to the future.

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About Jesse Alber

Jesse Alber attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications with an Athletic Coaching Endorsement from Hastings College in May, 1993. From 1994 - 2000, Alber served in leadership roles in human resources, retail, and production. Alber enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2000. He served as a Armored Cavalry Scout and Troop Training Manager with A 3/7 CAV 3d ID until 2004. Alber deployed to Bosnia in 2001 and Kwait / Iraq in 2003. Alber served in the Army Reserves from 2005 - 2008. From 2004 - 2010 Alber served as the Adult Education Coordinator for Central Community College and Executive Director for the Hastings Literacy Program. Alber returned to Hastings College in 2010 to study Computer Science and Web Design. He is currently emploed as a Programming and Web Development Intern with Servi-Tech Industries. Alber will complete his program of study in the summer of 2012.
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