Nebraska is one of many programs that sacrificed some of its classic rivals during conference realignment. The former Big 12 program jumped to the Big Ten in 2011.
It wasn’t until this past season that the Huskers faced one of its former conference rivals. Of course, it was one that has also departed the Big 12.
Colorado beat the Huskers in a close game in 2018. The two sides face off again in Boulder this coming season, and play another home-and-home in 2023-24.
In 2021, Nebraska will face its first current Big 12 opponent, with a trip to Oklahoma. A return game is scheduled for 2022, and an additional home-and-home is on the books for 2029-30.
If Scott Frost and Bill Moos have their way, that is just a start to Nebraska scheduling former Big 12 rivals.
Both men previously expressed their desire to add schools to the future schedule. On Wednesday, Moos reiterated that desire, specifically naming Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, and Missouri as prospective opponents.
Mizzou is now in the SEC, while the others remain in the Big 12. Moos said he likes the idea of these “driveable” opponents for Husker fans, though as Omaha World-Herald writer Sam McKewon notes, travel isn’t an issue for the Big Red faithful.
Moos reiterates that Frost and he want to play KU, KSU, Iowa St. & Missouri in non-conference games. Moos said he wants games Nebraska fans can drive to.
(This is where I note Nebraska has fans all over the country, and fans in Nebraska already seven drivable games – at home.)
— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) May 15, 2019
Other future Nebraska non-conference opponents include Arizona, Cincinnati, and Tennessee.