Monday, October 14, 2013
Nebraska, Oregon schedule series
By Mitch Sherman
Nebraska and Oregon on Monday announced a home-and-home football series for 2016 and 2017.
The Huskers and Ducks are set to meet for the first time since 1986 on Sept. 17, 2016, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska will visit Autzen Stadium in Eugene on Sept. 9, 2017.
Nebraska was able to schedule the series after Tennessee requested a schedule change for its series, previously scheduled with the Huskers for 2016 and 2017. That set of games has been moved to 2026 and 2027.
“This is a win-win scenario,” Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in a statement. “The University of Tennessee asked for scheduling relief, and we were able to add the University of Oregon, a perennial top-25 program, to our nonconference schedule as we roll into the College Football Playoff era. This should be a great series, not only for our football programs, but for the tremendous fans of both schools.”
Nebraska owns a 5-1 advantage in its all-time series with Oregon.
The Ducks, of course, have risen to prominence in recent years. Oregon, ranked No. 2 this season at 6-0, is seeking its fifth consecutive BCS bowl appearance.
Nebraska owns the fourth-highest win total in college football history. It has won more games than any program over the past 50 years, though it has not won a conference title since 1999 or played in a BCS bowl game since 2001. The Huskers, 5-1, are currently unranked by the Associated Press.
Of note, Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, from Wood River, Neb., started at quarterback for Nebraska in 1996 and 1997, leading the Huskers to a share of the national title with Michigan in coach Tom Osborne’s final season on the sideline.
To accommodate the Oregon series, Nebraska moved its 2016 game with Wyoming to Sept. 10.
The Huskers' 2016 nonconference slate is now complete with Fresno State, Wyoming and Oregon. That season marks the first with a nine-game Big Ten schedule. Nebraska in 2017 is scheduled to face Northern Illinois and the Ducks.
Other upcoming Nebraska series with power-conference schools include Miami (2014 and 2015), Colorado (2018, 2019, 2023 and 2024), Cincinnati (2020 and 2025) and Oklahoma (2021 and 2022).