Adjust those schedules, Husker fans. Nebraska has updated its 2021 schedule.
Nebraska will now face Fordham on Sept. 4 at Memorial Stadium. The matchup with Fordham replaces the previously scheduled game with Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 13.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) May 3, 2021
Athletic director Bill Moos said as late as last week that Nebraska was still trying to find an option for the open Sept. 4 date on the calendar. The Huskers were hoping for a home game earlier in the year for recruiting purposes. Prior to the addition of Fordham, Nebraska only had one home game before Oct. 2.
The Nebraska-Fordham game is now the Huskers’ 2021 home-opener. It’s also the first-ever meeting between the two programs, as this will be Fordham’s first game against a current Power 5 opponent since the 1954 season.
“We have been actively exploring opportunities to play a home game on Sept. 4 since our Ireland trip to play Illinois was canceled,” Moos said in a released statement. “It was important for several reasons to add a September home game. It provides a better flow to the start of our season for our team, and gives us a valuable early-season showcase for recruits. This will also provide our fans and local businesses with a home game on the traditional season-opening weekend.
“We are appreciative of the flexibility of both Fordham and Southeastern Louisiana to make this schedule change possible late in the process.”
Fordham, who plays in the Patriot League in the Football Championship Subdivision, just finished its 2020-21 schedule in early April. The Rams played three games this spring, posting a 2-1 record with wins over Colgate and Bucknell.
As for the now canceled Nov. 13 matchup, Nebraska and Southeastern Louisiana are discussing the possibility of rescheduling the meeting for a later season.