The addition of Idaho State completes a non-conference schedule that also features home games against Southern Miss (Sept. 1) and Arkansas State (Sept. 15), along with a road trip to UCLA (Sept. 8). Overall, Nebraska's 2012 schedule features games against 10 teams that participated in a bowl game in 2011, including four home games against teams that won at least 10 games in 2011.
The Huskers will take on FAU and head coach Carl Pelini on Aug. 30, 2014, in the season opener in Lincoln. Pelini took over the program in December after four seasons as Nebraska's defensive coordinator. The matchup will be the second all-time between the two schools, with Nebraska defeating the Owls in the 2008 season opener at Memorial Stadium. Florida Atlantic joins a 2014 Nebraska schedule that includes a road game at Fresno State (Sept. 13) and a home contest with Miami (Sept. 20).
Nebraska is scheduled to begin the 2015 season in Lincoln against BYU on Sept. 5. The meeting with the Cougars, a football independent, will be the first-ever meeting between Nebraska and BYU.
BYU is coming off a 10-3 season in 2011, capped by a 24-21 victory over Tulsa in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The Cougars finished the year ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, earning a spot in the final top-25 poll for the fifth time in the last six seasons. The Cougars have participated in a bowl game in each of Bronco Mendenhall's seven seasons as head coach in Provo.
South Alabama will visit Memorial Stadium on Sept. 12, 2015. The Jaguars are completing a transition to Football Bowl Subdivision in 2012 and 2013, and will compete in the Sun Belt Conference beginning this fall. South Alabama posted a 6-4 record in 2011, and played games against FBS foes Kent State and North Carolina State. The Jaguars are scheduled to play Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Hawaii, Tennessee, Navy, Georgia and Tulane over the next three seasons.
In addition to the 2015 game, South Alabama will also visit Memorial Stadium on Aug. 31, 2019, in the season opener.
The games announced on Thursday complete the Huskers' 2012 and 2015 non-conference schedules. In addition to BYU and South Alabama, the 2015 non-conference slate also includes a trip to Miami (Sept. 19) and a home game against Southern Miss (Sept. 26). Nebraska's 2013 schedule was completed last fall, and Nebraska has three non-conference games scheduled in both 2014 and 2016.