As former members of the Big Eight and later the Big 12, the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Colorado Buffaloes played each other regularly over the course of 60 years. Having been a part of that rivalry when he was a Nebraska player, Huskers head coach Scott Frost apparently wants to bring the Nebraska-Colorado rivalry back, among other former conference series.
In an interview with the Denver Post, Frost and Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos stated that they want to add Colorado to the team’s permanent rotation of opponents. This past year, the two teams met on the football field for the first time since both schools left the Big 12. Colorado won the game 33-28
Frost stated that he is eager to see Nebraska play against a Power 5 opponent regularly, and would like it to be a part of the old rivalry. The two teams are slated to play again in 2019, with Colorado hosting this time. After that, the two teams won’t play each other until a home-and-home series in 2023 and 2024.
“I’d love to see us, if we’re going to play one Power 5 non-conference (game), to have it be one of the old Big Eight rivals,” the Huskers football coach told The Denver Post. “It’s great playing teams like Colorado.”
Moos said that he wants to further expand on Nebraska’s non-conference slate against Power 5 schools by adding other former Big Eight rivals such as Missouri of the SEC and a trio of Big 12 schools like Kansas, Kansas State, and Iowa State.
“What Scott and I would really like to do, for our home-and-home series — we’d have to go out a ways or drop some games — is play our rivals from the Big Eight days,” Moos explained. “Then we’ve got a presence in three conferences: the SEC (Missouri), the Pac-12 (Colorado), and the Big 12. So that’s all good, and those rivalries are strong with us.
“I’ve learned about the Colorado (rivalry). I’d like to get it into a rotation with some of the schools I’ve just mentioned. And they may not be interested; we haven’t really talked — not (so much) CU, but to the Kansas schools and all that. I think there are a lot of pluses. Again, it’s easy for the fans to get to Boulder and we’ve got players on our roster from Colorado, and it’s a good recruiting base for us, so I think there’s a lot of upside.”
As of now, the Cornhuskers have only some of their former Big Eight foes scheduled for non-conference games.
In addition to the aforementioned games against Colorado, they have a home-and-home series against Oklahoma in 2021 and 2022, and another series against the Sooners in 2029 and 2030.
It may be a while before Nebraska gets its wish at adding more former rivals to the schedule. The earliest year where the school has an opening for a non-conference opponent is 2023.