LINCOLN — Nebraska will play Northern Illinois at Chicago's Soldier Field in 2016, the first of three games in a new series announced Monday.
The Huskers already have three non-conference home games set for 2016 (Fresno State, Tennessee and Wyoming). Their trip to Soldier Field will be the first in program history.
Nebraska will host NIU in Lincoln during the 2017 and 2019 seasons.
“This should be a great series, not only for both football programs, but for Husker fans as well,” NU Associate Athletic Director Jeff Jamrog said in a release. “Northern Illinois has a record that speaks for itself over the past few years, particularly with qualifying for a BCS bowl this year. Our fans have the opportunity to go to Chicago and see a game at Soldier Field, and also get to see an outstanding opponent come to Lincoln twice.”
Northern Illinois has a 12-1 record this year, its third straight season with at least 11 wins. The Huskies will play Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1.
Nebraska also announced Monday that it will play McNeese State, an FCS opponent, in 2014 at Memorial Stadium. College football’s new playoff is slated to be unveiled that season, but an agreement for the Huskers’ game against McNeese State was in place before the sport’s postseason system was restructured this summer, according to an NU spokesman.
Nebraska’s non-conference schedule is now set through 2016.