Northern Illinois vs. Nebraska, 9.14

Nebraska fans in the student section do the wave in the fourth quarter Sept. 14 at Memorial Stadium.

It's official: Nebraska and Ohio State are slated for prime time.

The Huskers (2-1) and No. 6 Buckeyes (3-0, 1-0) are set for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 28 at Memorial Stadium, and the game will be broadcast on ABC, per a Monday morning announcement. 

The implications are wide-ranging because Nebraska is expecting to host its biggest recruiting weekend of the year when the Buckeyes visit. 

Consider that NU had six official visitors and more than 50 recruits overall on hand for Saturday's 44-8 win against Northern Illinois, but the game against OSU will be significantly larger. 

The Huskers could certainly have double-digit official visitors on campus and will likely try to get as many unofficials and 2021 prospects as possible to the game, too. An evening kickoff is much easier to work with on all fronts than an afternoon start and especially an 11 a.m. start. 

Not only that, but there are several events that are taking place in conjunction with the game, such as the basketball program's "Opening Night" at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday night. 

Nebraska kicks off against Illinois (2-1) at 7 p.m. this Saturday in Champaign, Illinois, on Big Ten Network. 

Then the week after OSU, Nebraska hosts Northwestern at either 2:30 or 3 p.m. (television TBA) on Oct. 5, which is homecoming weekend. 

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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