The two Nebraska games were part of a series of Big Ten Conference games that had their start times and TV plans announced Wednesday morning. Those games included special date games and each school's Homecoming contest. Nebraska's game at Minnesota is the Gophers' Homecoming game. Kickoff time for Nebraska's Oct. 8 Homecoming game with Ohio State was previously set for 7 p.m. CT.
The Nebraska-Iowa game is being played on the day after Thanksgiving in both 2011 and 2012, and the schools will also close the 2013 and 2014 regular seasons against each other. This year's game will be the first between the Big Ten Legends Division foes since Nebraska won both games of a home-and-home series in 1999 and 2000. Nebraska owns a 26-12-3 all-time lead in the series between the two schools.
The Huskers' trip to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota will be the first meeting between NU and the Gophers since a 56-0 Nebraska home victory in 1990. Minnesota holds a 29-20-2 lead in the series between the schools, but the Huskers have won the past 14 meetings dating back to 1963.
Nebraska had previously learned the start time and television plans for three early-season games. Nebraska's non-conference trip to Wyoming will be televised nationally by Versus with a 6:30 p.m. CT start. The Huskers' Big Ten Conference debut at Wisconsin on Oct. 1 is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. A week later, Nebraska's Big Ten home opener against Ohio State will also kick off at 7 p.m. on one of the ESPN family of networks (ABC, ESPN, ESPN 2).
The Big Ten and its television partners will announce start times and television information for the season's first three weekends in the next month. Once those games are set, Nebraska fans will know the start time and television information for eight of its 12 regular-season games in 2011.