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Nebraska Releases 2023 Football Schedule, Including Thursday Night Game to Start Season

October 26, 2022

Nebraska will open next season on the road against Minnesota on Thursday, Aug. 31. That will be the fourth consecutive year the Huskers open the season with a conference foe.

The university finally released its schedule for next season after some delay from the Big Ten Conference on whether the conference would shift to a pod or smaller divisional format or not. Schedules are likely to shift towards smaller divisional pods in 2024 when USC and UCLA join the conference.

Nebraska, similar to this year, plays its non-conference slate after the initial conference game. The non-conference portion begins with another road game, this one at Colorado on Sept. 9.

The home opener will be Sept. 16 against Northern Illinois, celebrating Memorial Stadium’s 100th anniversary. That is the latest home opener in a full season since 1995. Nebraska stays at home for the following week to close its non-conference schedule against Louisiana Tech.

Nebraska dives into the meat of its conference slate on Sept. 30 when Memorial Stadium hosts Michigan. The Huskers then travel to Champaign-Urbana for a game on Oct. 7 against Illinois before their only bye week once games begin. Unlike this season, Nebraska is not playing Week 0 and thus is spending one of its bye weeks there. So prepare the weekend of Oct. 14 for any fall weddings.

The Huskers ends the 2023 regular season with games on six consecutive weekends. Nebraska hosts Northwestern on Oct. 21. That is followed by another home game as Purdue comes to Lincoln on Oct. 28. Nebraska then plays Michigan State in East Lansing on Nov. 4 for the first road game in over a month. The Huskers return home to host Maryland on Nov. 11 before playing their final road game on Nov. 18 at Wisconsin.

Nebraska closes its regular season against rival Iowa on the Black Friday game, Nov. 24, as has been tradition.

The 2023 season will be the first for the Big Ten with its new TV partnership. Games will be spread across CBS, Fox, NBC, BTN and Peacock. Formatting plans will be announced at a later date.

While Nebraska’s 2023 schedule isn’t a wholesale change from this year’s, the conference’s shifting landscape left a rippling impact throughout Lincoln. For example, another Big Ten game will be played on Black Friday as the Big Ten has secured rights to that date on both NBC and CBS. Which other two teams that will be are yet to be determined.

School officials across the conference eagerly waited for guidance from commissioner Kevin Warren in regards to future schedules, as he told The Athletic he didn’t want any “unintended consequences” to come out of a decision.

“I want to make sure whatever decisions we make on that has plenty enough time, because I know how important it is to want to get schedules down and get them out on time so people can plan,” Warren told The Athletic.

Going forward the conference will likely alter its schedules entirely to accommodate UCLA and USC. This would involve fewer guaranteed conference games, like in the current East-West format. Instead, there may be three or four guaranteed conference games, opening the door for more freedom among member schools to schedule outside the conference. In that event, the conference would likely get rid of the East and West Divisions.

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