Cornhuskers-Ducks set for 2016, '17

Updated: October 14, 2013, 12:57 PM ET
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN.com

Nebraska and Oregon on Monday announced a home-and-home series for 2016 and 2017.

The Cornhuskers and Ducks are set to meet for the first time since 1986 on Sept. 17, 2016, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. They will play at Autzen Stadium in Eugene on Sept. 9, 2017.

Nebraska was able to schedule the series after Tennessee requested a schedule change for its series with the Huskers, previously set for 2016 and 2017. Those games have 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 holds a 5-1 advantage in its all-time series with Oregon. 

The Ducks, of course, have risen to prominence relatively recently. 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 other 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.

Of note, Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost (a native of 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.

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