Thursday, July 18, 2013
Nebraska agrees to series with Cincinnati
By Brian Bennett
Nebraska and Cincinnati have scheduled a home-and-home football series in 2020 and 2025, a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.
The first game will be held in Lincoln in 2020, with the Cornhuskers returning the game at Cincinnati in 2025.
The Huskers and Bearcats have only played once in their history: 1906. Nebraska won 41-0 in the season finale that year. But who doesn't remember that?
It's an interesting choice of opponents for the Huskers, who like most Big Ten teams are trying to upgrade their nonconference schedules in the future. Cincinnati has been a very strong program the past few years, but the Bearcats are stuck in the American Athletic Conference with no better league options on the horizon, so there's no guarantee they will be able to continue their level of play. The best feature about this series for Nebraska is getting some additional exposure into Ohio, a talent-rich state that native son Bo Pelini recruits hard along with every other Big Ten school. The city of Cincinnati annually produces a lot of Division I talent.
The one concern I'd have is how Nebraska is going to fit its famously loyal traveling fan base into Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium. I love that quaint old bandbox, but it only seats 35,000 right now. Cincinnati has also moved other marquee nonconference games to Paul Brown Stadium -- home of the NFL's Bengals -- so that could be an option.
Of course, that game isn't scheduled until 2025, at which point all football games will probably be played on giant hover boards in the sky.