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Big Ten Announces Reworked, 10-Game Schedule

August 26, 2020

Nebraska has its 2020 football schedule. The Big Ten announced the conference’s schedules early Wednesday, nearly a month after mandating a conference-only schedule for fall sports.

The Huskers will kick off their season on Sept. 5 with a trip to see Rutgers. The Big Ten also added a 10th matchup with a crossover opponent, which adds a game to Nebraska’s schedule after losing nonconference foes. The change to a conference-only schedule eliminated three nonconference matchups for Nebraska football on its 2020 schedule: Central Michigan, South Dakota State and Cincinnati. Nebraska now faces Michigan State to conlude the season on Nov. 21.

Nebraska’s 2020 Football Schedule

Date Opponent
Sept. 5 at Rutgers
Sept. 12 Illinois
Sept. 19 Wisconsin
Sept. 26 at Iowa
Oct. 3 Minnesota
Oct. 10 at Ohio State
Oct. 24 at Northwestern
Oct. 31 Penn State
Nov. 14 at Purdue
Nov. 21 Michigan State

“We welcome these important steps forward for fall football from the Big Ten,” a joint statement from University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green and Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “There has been a tremendous amount of consultation and hard work to get to this point. It was a team effort with valuable input from the Big Ten Conference staff, University chancellors and presidents, head coaches and athletic directors to develop a football schedule that prioritizes divisional games and provides some needed flexibility.

“The top priority remains to conduct a football season in the safest and healthiest manner possible for everyone involved. There are still many steps ahead before we can take the field in September, beginning with opening preseason camp later this week. But there is no question this is an exciting day at Nebraska. Our players and coaching staff now have a schedule in front of them, and Husker fans can see how the 2020 season will unfold.

“Our next task is finalizing many of the details and protocols for football game days at Memorial Stadium in 2020. We will be announcing those details very soon after consultation with state and local officials. We want to especially thank Dr. Chris Kratochvil of UNMC for his work leading the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases. He has been immensely helpful in helping to guide the conference forward.

“Nebraska is getting closer to seeing our beloved Huskers take the field. We, and all of Husker Nation, very much look forward to our first away game on September 5 at Rutgers and our first home game the following week against Illinois.”

In reference to the protocols, the Big Ten also noted that it will require testing at a minimum of once weekly, high-contact sports will require testing at a minimum of twice weekly, testing is required within three days of competition for sports with one game per week and the Big Ten will coordinate the testing through a third-party.

We will have more coverage on the schedule updates here on Hail Varsity. Stick with us.

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