Nebraska football was at the center of a minor controversy, when it was revealed that the Huskers sought to get out of their 2021 game at the Oklahoma Sooners. Nebraska said that it wanted to add a home game to the early season slate to help recoup some of the losses of the 2020 season, but many (fairly) accused the team of wanting to duck the Big 12 powerhouse Sooners.
Nebraska currently has a full schedule for the 2021 season. The Huskers open with a Big Ten West game at Illinois on Aug. 28, before an early bye week. They host Buffalo on Sept. 11, travel to Oklahoma the next week, and in mid-November, have a late season game against FCS squad Southeastern Louisiana.
That Nebraska-Illinois game was originally scheduled to be played in Ireland, but was moved to Champaign due to COVID-19 concerns. That trip prompted the second-week bye, but now that the game is back stateside, athletic director Bill Moos wants to get another home game added to the Sept. 4 weekend, if possible. Moos has recommitted to the game against Oklahoma after public outcry, saying that the idea was just one potential avenue.
“We were just exploring different ways of addressing our financial problem, and that was one of them, and not even that we were dead set on doing it,” Moos said, per the Omaha World-Herald. “What would an eighth home game look like financially? Not that we’re going to do it, but let’s get it on paper and see what it would do, and if it would be a big enough impact on our situation.
As Sam McKewon writes, the most likely avenue for Nebraska football is pushing the Southeastern Louisiana game out to another year, and swapping in a new game for Sept. 4. The Lions have a game booked for that weekend already, or moving the game up the schedule would be the logical solution.
Barring a road trip at Hawaii, teams are not permitted to play 13 games in a season.
“We’re exploring what we can do,” Moos told the World-Herald. “It would have to be a non-conference situation, because everybody else in the Big Ten is all set. We’re just brainstorming. It’s late. We’re getting into April — five months out of the ball getting kicked off.”