Adjust your plans for Nebraska’s upcoming football season accordingly: Wisconsin is now coming to Lincoln, and the Huskers are going to West Lafayette, Indiana, to play Purdue.
Those adjustments, and more, were announced during the Big Ten Network’s ‘B1G Today’ show on Wednesday morning where the conference announced an updated 2022 schedule with alterations that make up for the changes from the COVID-19-impacted 2020 campaign.
Prior to the announcement, the original 2022 schedule had Nebraska traveling to Wisconsin and hosting Purdue, which is what happened in 2021, to kick off the November portion of the slate. Those plans are now scrapped, as the Huskers will travel to Purdue on Oct. 15 and host Wisconsin on Nov. 19.
Since Wisconsin had COVID-19 issues within its program in 2020, the Badgers never made the trip to Lincoln. This season’s game will mark the first time Wisconsin has played at Nebraska since 2019, when it won 37-19. Wisconsin currently leads the all-time series with Nebraska 11-4 and are on an eight-game win streak.
Nebraska traveled to West Lafayette to play Purdue in back-to-back years in 2019 and 2020. The Huskers hosted Purdue in 2021, losing 28-23. In the all-time series, which is only 10 games long, Nebraska and Purdue are tied 5-5. Head coach Jeff Brohm’s Boilermakers, however, have won three of the last four.
Nebraska’s updated 2022 schedule includes one game at a neutral site, seven at home in Memorial Stadium and four away contests. The bye weeks are Sept. 24 and Oct. 22.
The neutral site is Aviva Stadium in Dublin as part of the Aer Lingus College Football Series in Dublin. The home games at Memorial Stadium include North Dakota, Georgia Southern, Oklahoma, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. The away contests include Rutgers, Michigan, Purdue and Iowa on Friday, Nov. 25.
Nebraska’s updated 2022 schedule:
August 27: Nebraska vs. Northwestern in Dublin, Ireland
September 3: North Dakota at Nebraska
September 10: Georgia Southern at Nebraska
September 17: Oklahoma at Nebraska
September 24: Bye
October 1: Indiana at Nebraska
October 8: Nebraska at Rutgers
October 15: Nebraska at Purdue
October 22: Bye
October 29: Illinois at Nebraska
November 5: Minnesota at Nebraska
November 12: Nebraska at Michigan
November 19: Wisconsin at Nebraska
November 25: Nebraska at Iowa
There will be plenty of storylines heading into the season, one of which is the starting quarterback situation for the Huskers following the departure of four-year starter Adrian Martinez, who has since transferred to Kansas State, and the addition of former Texas signal caller Casey Thompson.
The nonconference slate has interesting angles as well. FCS-member North Dakota ended the 2021 season with a record of 5-6, but put a scare into FBS-member Utah State early in the season when it led 21-7 at the end of the first quarter before losing 48-24. The Fighting Hawks also took FCS powerhouse North Dakota State, which eventually went on to win a national championship, to the fourth quarter before falling to the Bison 16-10.
Georgia Southern will come to Lincoln with a new head coach whose name college football fans may recognize—Clay Helton. Helton was fired from USC early in the 2021 season. He had been the head coach of the Trojans for seven years and them to a Rose Bowl title in 2016 and a Pac-12 championship in 2017.
Nebraska will welcome new Oklahoma head coach Brent Venables and his highly-touted offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby in September. Former Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley packed his bags and left for USC not even 24 hours following Oklahoma’s loss to rival Oklahoma State in the teams’ regular-season finale last November. Venables was hired away from Clemson, where he served as a defensive coordinator. Lebby’s stock has risen quickly after guiding high-scoring spread offenses at Central Florida and Ole Miss under Lane Kiffin.
The Husker defense will be playing a different Sooner quarterback as the one it played in 2021, Spencer Rattler, transferred to South Carolina after he lost the starting job to highly-touted freshman quarterback Caleb Williams. Following Riley’s departure to USC, Williams entered his name in the transfer portal and is rumored to follow his former head coach to Los Angeles. Oklahoma got the commitment of former UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel and recently hosted Florida State transfer quarterback Chubba Purdy, who is set to visit Nebraska soon.