Nebraska vs. South Alabama, 8.31

Nebraska coach Scott Frost leads the Huskers out before their game against South Alabama on Aug. 31 at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska will open Big Ten play on the road and under the lights. 

The Huskers' (1-1) league opener at Illinois on Sept. 21 has been set for a 7 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast on Big Ten Network, according to a Monday announcement. 

That means NU will play at least two straight weeks in the evening. Scott Frost's team also kicks off at 7 p.m. this weekend at Memorial Stadium against Northern Illinois, a game set to be aired on FS1. 

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If Nebraska gets its preferred outcome, another evening kickoff would follow at home against Ohio State on Sept. 28. For a brief time last week, the game was listed on the Big Ten's website as a 6:30 p.m. kickoff, which would indicate an ESPN prime-time broadcast, but a Big Ten spokesman said the listings of that week's slate were a mistake. 

Nebraska's other known game times include Oct. 5 at home against Northwestern (2:30 or 3 p.m., television TBA) and Nov. 29 at home against Iowa (1:30 p.m. on BTN). 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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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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