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Huskers add 2023 nonconference game, shuffle NIU series

Huskers add 2023 nonconference game, shuffle NIU series

Ohio State vs. Nebraska, 9.28

A giant banner reading "Go Big Red" covers a section of the stands before Saturday's game against Ohio State at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska filled out its 2023 nonconference football schedule on Thursday, adding a home date against Louisiana Tech. 

The Bulldogs will visit Memorial Stadium on Sept. 23, 2023, rounding out a nonconference slate that also includes a game at Colorado (Sept. 9) and at home against Northern Illinois (Sept. 16). NU is paying Louisiana Tech a guarantee of $1.55 million for the game, according to a copy of the game contract obtained by the Journal Star. 

In addition to announcing the completion of its 2023 schedule, the Huskers also shuffled their series with NIU, moving a 2021 date to 2027. 

That leaves an interesting opening in the 2021 slate, as the Huskers will look to fill a season-opener to go along with a Sept. 11 home date against Buffalo and a Sept. 18 trip to Oklahoma. 

With the way NU's 2021 schedule now sits, it could add either a Week 1 game or add/move a game on Week Zero. Perhaps it's only a coincidence, but NU head coach Scott Frost did say earlier this year that he would be open to the Huskers playing on Week Zero. 

"If the circumstances were right, I think Week Zero is great,” Frost said. “I think the public is anxious for college football to start. You get to start practice a week earlier, so it shouldn’t really make a difference in your team’s execution. You get the same amount of practice before the game.”

Northern Illinois will receive $1.2 million for the game in 2023 and $1 million for the 2027 date, per the contract between the schools. 

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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