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Nebraska Opens with Ohio State, Wisconsin in New B1G Schedule

September 21, 2020

Nebraska has its schedule again. Again.

The Huskers will kick off their season on Saturday, Oct. 24 on the road against Ohio State. The game will be the ‘Big Noon Saturday’ game on FOX, kicking off at 11 a.m. CT.

The Big Ten announced the conference’s new schedules Saturday morning during Big Noon Kickoff on FOX Sports. The announcement follows the Big Ten’s decision to reinstate the fall football season. The league will begin play the weekend of Oct. 23 and 24.

The Big Ten did not designate days in its schedule announcement. The Iowa matchup the weekend of Nov. 27 and 28 could still take place on Black Friday.

Nebraska’s 2020 Football Schedule

Date Opponent
Week 1 (Oct. 24) at Ohio State
Week 2 (Oct. 31) Wisconsin
Week 3 (Nov. 7) at Northwestern
Week 4 (Nov. 14) Penn State
Week 5 (Nov. 21) Illinois
Week 6 (Nov. 27 or 28) at Iowa
Week 7 (Dec. 5) at Purdue
Week 8 (Dec. 12) Minnesota
Week 9 (Dec. 19) Championship Weekend (TBD)

The decision to return to competition for football, according to a release from the Big Ten, “was based on information presented by the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force, a working group that was established by the COP/C and Commissioner Kevin Warren to ensure a collaborative and transparent process,” and it was made unanimously.

As for what the season will look like, the Big Ten will begin play the weekend of Oct. 23 and 24 and play straight through until the Big Ten Championship. The title game scheduled for Dec. 19, making any teams eligible for selection in the College Football Playoffs. The CFP committee decides on Dec. 20.

The Big Ten will have extensive protocols in place for its return to play, which includes percent-positive thresholds that would halt competition. Daily testing will begin by Sept. 30. An athlete who tests positive will not be able to return to competition for 21 days. A 5% positivity rate within a team will mandate halting practice and competition for a minimum of seven days.

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