NEW YORK — If Nebraska football needs a future nonconference dance partner, former Big 12 adversary Kansas State is willing to tango.
“Sure, we’d play Nebraska,” K-State Athletic Director John Currie said Tuesday in an interview ahead of the National Football Foundation/College Hall of Fame banquet.
“We’ve reached out. It’s not like we haven’t heard back. But it’s complicated. Nebraska is scheduled out quite a ways.”
The Huskers, who tend to play one “name” nonconference opponent per season, are booked in that regard through 2027. The foes: Oregon 2016 and 2017; Colorado 2018, 2019, 2023 and 2024; Cincinnati 2020 and 2025; Oklahoma 2021 and 2022; and Tennessee 2026 and 2027.
The Big 12 revealed a new policy Tuesday that its members must schedule at least one of three nonconference games per year against a Power Five Conference school or Notre Dame. Scheduling agreements already in place will be honored.
Kansas State has home-and-home series scheduled through 2021 that meet the new requirement. Those are with Power Five schools Stanford, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.
Starting in 2016, the Big Ten will play nine conference games. The Big 12 also plays nine, leaving three nonconference slots. Complications arise in the seasons a team has only four conference home games and five on the road.
“Certain years, you have to have a home game in the nonconference to make your schedule work,” Currie said. “So you have to see whose schedules match up.”
Currie and several Kansas State officials were in New York for coach Bill Snyder’s induction into the Hall of Fame. Snyder was the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s banquet in front of 2,000 people at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
K-State held a private event Monday night. Among the attendees was former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne. Osborne already was scheduled to come to New York to help honor former Nebraska All-American Trev Alberts on his Hall of Fame entry.
Alberts, now vice chancellor for athletics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, also was honored at a private banquet Monday. Among other familiar faces at the event were his former defensive coordinator, Charlie McBride, and McBride’s wife, Debbie.
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