The Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday the University of Nebraska will play three prime-time games this fall, with two of the contests at home.
The conference's prime-time lineup will kick off Sept. 29th when Wisconsin visits Lincoln for a game that will be played on either ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2. The Badgers are the reigning Big Ten champions and beat Nebraska 48-17 last year in Madison. It was the Huskers first conference match-up in the Big Ten. Tied up 7-7 at the end of the first quarter, Wisconsin outscored Nebraska 34-7 in the second and third quarter.
A week later, the Huskers will travel to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes and new head coach Urban Meyer. The two met up last year in Lincoln in a game that featured the largest comeback in school history for Nebraska. Down 27-6 at one point, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez threw two second half touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Huskers to a 34-27 win.
"He kept fighting," Pelini said of Martinez after the game. "He led the team, and I was proud of how we played. That's why he's the starting quarterback right now."
Nebraska's final conference prime-time game is slated for October 27th, when the Michigan Wolverines come to Lincoln in a game that might decide the Legends Division. Last year, Nebraska struggled to get anything going in Ann Arbor, losing 45-17. Dennard Robinson collected four touchdowns combing for over 260 yards on the ground and through the air.
Nebraska is 35-5 all-time in night games at Memorial Stadium – including nine straight wins.
According to the University of Nebraska, the Huskers non-conference match-up against UCLA on September 8th could also be a prime-time affair. The game will be part of the Pac-12 Conference television package and could be selected. An announcement is expected in early June.
Both the Ohio State and Michigan game could be played on either ABC, ESPN , or ESPN2.