Nebraska announced Thursday it will face Idaho State on Sept. 22 to fill out its nonconference slate for the 2012 season.
That's the boring but not surprising news.
The more interesting announcements from Lincoln were future nonconference games. Nebraska will host BYU in 2015, Florida Atlantic in 2014 and South Alabama in 2015 and 2019. Nebraska and BYU have never met previously, and the addition adds to a Huskers' slate that features a road game against Miami and a home date with Southern Miss in 2015.
The FAU game could mark the return of Carl Pelini to Lincoln. Pelini left his post as Nebraska's defensive coordinator to become Florida Atlantic's head coach in December. So as long as Carl Pelini is with the Owls and Bo Pelini is with the Huskers, the two brothers will face off Aug. 30, 2014, in the season opener. The BYU game takes place Sept. 5, 2015, and the Huskers will host Florida Atlantic the following week.
Here's a look at Nebraska's 2015 non-league schedule:
Sept. 5: BYU
Sept. 12: South Alabama
Sept. 19: at Miami
Sept. 26: Southern Miss
The Huskers had one vacancy for 2012, and a home date against an FCS opponent seemed likely. While you never like to see these teams on the schedule, it's not a major surprise. It will mark the third consecutive year Nebraska hosts an FCS foe after opening the 2011 season against Chattanooga and facing South Dakota State in 2010.
The kickoff time and TV plans for the Idaho State game will be announced later.
Here's Nebraska's complete 2012 schedule:
Sept. 1: Southern Miss
Sept. 8: at UCLA
Sept. 15: Arkansas State
Sept. 22: Idaho State
Sept. 29: Wisconsin
Oct. 6: at Ohio State
Oct. 13: Open
Oct. 20: at Northwestern
Oct. 27: Michigan
Nov. 3: at Michigan State
Nov. 10: Penn State
Nov. 17: Minnesota
Nov. 23: at Iowa
While some FCS opponents can challenge the big boys, don't expect too much from Idaho State, which hasn't won more than two games in a season since 2007.