If you were counting down the days to Nebraska’s trip to Knoxville to face Tennessee in Neyland Stadium — count me among that group — I have some bad news: That game has been pushed back a decade. The Huskers and Vols will now play a home-and-home in 2026-27, dates almost too far away to fathom.
But here’s the good news. Nebraska pushed those two games back because they were able to replace them with a home-and-home series against Oregon. The Huskers will host the Ducks on Sept. 17, 2016 and will travel to Eugene for a game on Sept. 9, 2017.
“This is a win-win scenario,” Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said. “The University of Tennessee asked for scheduling relief, and we were able to add the University of Oregon, a perennial top-25 program, to our non-conference schedule as we roll into the College Football Playoff era. This should be a great series, not only for our football programs, but for the tremendous fans of both schools.”
Nebraska and Oregon have played six times total, the last in 1986, but the Huskers have never played the Ducks in Eugene. Nebraska holds a 5-1 edge in the all-time series.
A few other scheduling notes:
–The 2016 Oregon game means the Huskers’ match-up with Wyoming will be moved up a week to Sept. 10.
–The Big Ten announced an 11 a.m. CT kickoff for Nebraska’s game against Minnesota in two weeks. It’s the Huskers fourth morning kickoff this season.