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Huskers Add Future Non-Conference Games, Including Oklahoma State

February 13, 2020

What do you have on the calendar for 2034?

Go ahead. Check. Might as well clear the day on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2034. The Huskers will be hosting a former Big Eight foe in Oklahoma State. 

Nebraska announced that game, along with a 2035 trip to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to complete the home-and-home series and several other nonconference additions to future schedules Thursday afternoon. 

In addition to the home-and-home series with Oklahoma State, Nebraska also announced a date change for a future game with South Dakota State, two newly scheduled games with UTEP and single games against Louisiana-Monroe and Ohio.

“The first time Scott Frost and I sat down to discuss scheduling philosophy, we both shared a goal of making an effort to play former conference opponents,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said in a statement. “It is exciting to add Oklahoma State to our football schedule, and we will continue to explore additional opportunities for games in our part of the country.

“The Big Ten schedule gives our fans the opportunity to visit some of the nation’s best college football environments, but the reality is many of those places are a long way from Nebraska. Games against schools like Oklahoma State, Colorado and Oklahoma are driveable and affordable trips for Husker fans.”

Moos has often cited a desire to play former Big Eight teams. Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Missouri are high on his list of priorities. Nebraska has already re-upped with Colorado. With the former Big Eight teams scattered across three different Power Five conferences now, the exposure offered by playing in different leagues is something Moos values. 

The Huskers also have Oklahoma on the schedule two different home-and-home series, one in 2021 (on the road) and 2022 (home) and then again in 2029 and 2030. Colorado is also back on the schedule for 2023 and 2024.

Nebraska leads the all-time series with Oklahoma State 37-5-1, winning the most recent matchup in Stillwater in 2010. 

The games with UTEP, Louisiana-Monroe and Ohio will be the first-ever for Nebraska against each of those schools. The Huskers have a notable tie to Ohio, with the Bobcats led by former Husker head coach and player Frank Solich, who is entering his 16th season as Ohio’s coach in 2020. The date change with South Dakota State moves the second game in a three-game contract—originally scheduled for 2024 —to Sept. 7, 2030.

Solich, should he coach in that 2026 game, would be 81 years old. 

Freshmen on either side for the first Oklahoma Sate-Nebraska meeting are currently around the age of three.  

Schedule additions

  • Oklahoma State: Sept. 16, 2034 in Lincoln; Sept. 15, 2035 in Stillwater
  • South Dakota State: Sept. 7, 2030 in Lincoln, replaces game previously scheduled for Aug. 31, 2024 in Lincoln; Nebraska also hosts South Dakota State in 2020 and 2028
  • UTEP: Aug. 31, 2024 and Sept. 2, 2028, in Lincoln
  • Louisiana-Monroe: Oct. 18, 2025, in Lincoln
  • Ohio: Sept. 5, 2026, in Lincoln

The announcements complete Nebraska’s non-conference schedules for the 2025, 2026, and 2028 seasons. The Huskers have single non-conference games remaining to fill in for 2024 and 2027.

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