Nebraska Gets Murderous Big Ten Schedule in 2011-12
As anticipated (based on the ESPN leak), Nebraska was placed in a division with Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Minnesota, and Northwestern to begin play in 2011. Nebraska will play an annual game with Penn State as well that is "protected" into the future.
|Sep 10||Fresno State|
|Sep 24||at Wyoming|
|Oct 1||at Wisconsin|
|Oct 8||Ohio State|
|Oct 22||at Minnesota|
|Oct 29||Michigan St|
|Nov 12||at Penn State|
|Nov 19||at Michigan|
That wouldn't seem too bad, except that the two remaining opponents added to fill out the schedule for 2011 and 2012 will be Ohio State and Wisconsin.
Nonconference foes in 2011 will include Fresno St., Washington, and Wyoming. In 2012, the Huskers will face Southern Miss and UCLA.
Put it all together and Nebraska may well be playing the toughest schedule in America, two years in a row. The Washington game in 2011, and the Michigan games are the only scheduled games in the next two seasons against teams that didn't play in a bowl after the 2009 season.
In 2013 and 2014, the Huskers will swap Ohio State and Wisconsin for at least two of these three: Purdue, Indiana, and Illinois. But that's a lifetime away in college football. What lies straight ahead seems impossibly tough. If you like good opponents, you're going to love the next couple years.