Oh boy, here we go again.
When there’s a hole in the schedule to be filled and an athletic department has all of 18 months to fill it, they’re in a hurry-up offense of their own.
Today, the Nebraska Cornhuskers announced that they have completed their 2011-2012 schedule.
They will be opening their inaugural season as a member of the Big Ten Conference against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs.
A “Moc” is an anthropomorphized northern mockingbird.
Google it and please, stop laughing.
It’s difficult enough to find a school willing to essentially give your football team a victory in exchange for a paycheck. It’s even more difficult to do quickly.
Fans across the nation may scoff at this scheduling solution. Don’t forget that the Big Ten will welcome Nebraska with a metaphorical Murderer’s Row of conference opposition.
UT-C is truly the odd school out on the Cornhuskers schedule for next year.
They welcome UT-C, Fresno State and Washington to Lincoln before completing their out-of-conference slate with a trip to Wyoming.
Once the month of September closes and the four-game appetizer is complete, the meat and potatoes will be served.
A trip to Wisconsin will mark the beginning of the Cornhuskers’ first Big Ten conference schedule. The Ohio State Buckeyes then visit Lincoln before Nebraska rests with a well-earned bye week.
The Cornhuskers will then trip to Minnesota, return home for games versus Michigan State and Northwestern.
They then make visits to both Michigan and Penn State before finishing the regular season versus Iowa.
If Nebraska is lucky enough to win the new “Legends” division of the Big Ten, they will then face the winner of the “Leaders” division for the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy.
If the Cornhuskers schedule isn’t ranked highly next year, someone needs to call an IT help desk.
Nebraska is working to ensure that future schedules feature plenty for fans to get excited about as well.
The Cornhuskers will face UCLA, Miami (FL), Tennessee and Southern Miss in the coming years.
There are currently two potential spots open for additional opponents during the 2012-2013 schedule.
By the 2012 season, playing an FCS team during the first week of the season may not seem like such a silly idea.
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