- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Nebraska is reconnecting with its Big Eight/Big 12 roots.
A home-and-home series against longtime rival Oklahoma is already on the books for 2021 and 2021, and Nebraska on Thursday announced an upcoming four-game series with Colorado. The Huskers and Buffaloes will meet four times between 2018 and 2024 -- twice in Lincoln (2018 and 2024) and twice in Boulder, Colo. (2019 and 2023). The teams haven't met since both bolted the Big 12 for the Big Ten (Nebraska) and Pac-12 (Colorado), respectively.
The timing of the announcement is interesting as the Big Ten has yet to finalize its future conference schedules, specifically how many league games will be played in the future. Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke recently told Mike Carmin that the league's ADs have been cautioned about scheduling non-league games beyond 2020. Nebraska clearly thinks it can make the Colorado series work in the new scheduling environment.
"There is a lot of great history between Nebraska and Colorado on the football field, so I think this will be an outstanding series for both schools," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said in a prepared statement. "I think our fans will enjoy the matchups, particularly those in Western Nebraska who can make the short drive out to the games in Colorado."
Nebraska already has three non-league game set for 2019 with Colorado, Northern Illinois (home) and South Alabama (home). There are no other scheduled games for 2018, 2023 and 2024.
The Huskers are 49-18-2 all-time against Colorado and boast a 15-4 record against the Buffaloes since 1992.
This isn't a bad schedule addition, although I've never gotten the sense Nebraska fans were fired up about the Colorado rivalry. There certainly was more buzz about the Oklahoma series, although the Huskers and Buffs have some history as well.
Since both Oklahoma and Colorado are on the schedule, Nebraska's next move clearly will be a long-term series with Texas, right? Kidding, kidding.