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Nebraska Announces Kickoff Times for Six Upcoming Games, Bowl Schedule Released

May 31, 2023

On Wednesday, Nebraska announced five set kickoff times and television networks for the upcoming 2023 season, with an additional flex game between three kickoff windows.

The Huskers will start their season with consecutive games airing on Fox. Nebraska travels to Minnesota to kickoff the season on Thursday, August 31 for a 7 p.m. kickoff. That game, the debut of Matt Rhule and his staff at Nebraska, was long assumed to be a primetime game because of it falls on a weeknight. Nebraska then travels to Colorado on September 9 for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Fox. Colorado head coach Deion Sanders’ home debut against historic rival Nebraska is part of Fox’s Big Noon Saturday series. Because of that, Fox’s traveling college football program will broadcast from Boulder that morning.

Rhule’s home debut, the first Husker game at Memorial Stadium in 2023, is slated for a 6 p.m. kickoff. That September 16 game against Northern Illinois will broadcast on FS1.

Nebraska’s Friday, October 6, road game at Illinois will kickoff at 7 p.m. and air on FS1. It’s one of three weekday games the Huskers play this upcoming season. The Huskers also host Purdue on Saturday, October 28, in what will either kickoff at 11 a.m., 2:30 or 3 p.m. Broadcast info for that homecoming game is to be determined.

The Heroes Trophy Game, pitting Nebraska against rival Iowa, resumes tradition on Friday, November 24. The Huskers host the Hawkeyes for an 11 a.m. kickoff that will broadcast on CBS. As of now, that’s the first Nebraska appearance on CBS as part of the new television rights agreement from the Big Ten Conference. According to Nebraska athletics, it will be the first Nebraska game to air on CBS since the 2009 Gator Bowl. The Black Friday rivalry is the first regular-season Husker game to air on CBS since November 23, 1990 (v. Oklahoma).

Kickoff times and television information for Nebraska’s remaining games will be announced between six and 12 days in advance. That includes home games against Louisiana Tech (Saturday, September 23), Michigan (Saturday, September 30), Northwestern (Saturday, October 21) and Maryland (Saturday, November 11), as well as road games against Michigan State (Saturday, November 4) and Wisconsin (Saturday, November 18).

Bowl game changes were also announced on Wednesday. The Big Ten has ties to bowl season, including the College Football Playoff. The earliest of those games is the Quick Lane Bowl on Tuesday, December 26, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. That’s a 1 p.m. kickoff the day after Christmas. A Big Ten team will also appear in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl that same day in a 8 p.m. kickoff at Chase Field in Phoenix. There’s also the Duke’s May Bowl on Wednesday, December 27, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The annual mayo bath kicks off at 4:30 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium. The Big Ten holds a bid in the Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday, December 28. That annual game at Yankee Stadium is scheduled for a 1:15 p.m. kickoff.

Next is the Transperfect Music City Bowl on Saturday, December 30, in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. That game kicks off at 1 p.m. A Big Ten team also plays in the Capital One Orange Bowl later that day. The Orange Bowl will once again take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, in a 3 p.m. kickoff. Two Big Ten teams will play on New Year’s Day. One in the ReliaQuest Bowl in Tampa Bay, Florida. Raymond James Stadium hosts the 11 a.m. kickoff. The other in the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The noon kickoff takes place at Camping World Stadium.

Should a Big Ten team qualify for the College Football Playoff, as has happened in seven of its nine years of existence, it would play on Monday, January 1. That game would be either the Rose Bowl Game at 4 p.m. or the All-State Sugar Bowl at 7:45 p.m., depending on seeding.

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