Hope you weren’t waiting for that first Nebraska-Indiana football game.
The Big Ten released schedules for 2013 and ’14 on Wednesday that added Illinois and Purdue for a two-year rotation with Nebraska and removed Ohio State and Wisconsin. At least for the Huskers’ first four years of Big Ten competition they will play three Leaders Division teams annually, but one of those will always be Penn State as the designated “crossover” opponent for NU.
This all assures that Indiana will not show up on a Husker schedule until at least 2015. NU and Indiana have played 19 times previously, but not since 1978.
Some other tidbits:
> Don’t make anything just yet of the Nebraska-Iowa games in 2013 and ’14 being scheduled for the Saturday after Thanksgiving (the 2011 and ’12 games will be on that Friday). That discussion will be revisited in the future.
> Michigan will be in the latter half of the Huskers’ schedule for at least the Huskers’ first four years in the Big Ten. Their earliest meeting will be Oct. 27 in 2012.
> The Huskers’ first three games with Penn State will be November meetings before an Oct. 11 matchup in 2014.
> Both the 2013 and ’14 schedules have Big Ten teams playing eight games in a nine-week stretch.
> NU still has one nonconference hole for 2013 (to go with games vs. Wyoming, at Southern Mississippi and vs. UCLA) and two for ’14 (to go with games at Fresno State and vs. Miami).