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Nebraska Adds Future Games with Sooners, Arizona

The University of Nebraska has agreed to four marquee non-conference football games against Power Five opponents.


The University of Nebraska has agreed to four marquee non-conference football games against Power Five opponents. The Huskers have finalized contracts to play two games against the University of Oklahoma and two games with the University of Arizona.

“We are pleased to finalize agreements with two outstanding programs for future non-conference contests,” Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said. “We are committed to playing an outstanding schedule each year that brings value to both our student-athletes and the greatest fans in college football.

“The Nebraska-Oklahoma matchup is truly one of the legendary rivalries in the history of college football, and to now have four scheduled meetings in a decade will be great for both programs. The Arizona series will be another outstanding home-and-home matchup against a high-caliber Power Five opponent and will provide a road game destination that will appeal to Nebraska fans.”

The two games against the Sooners are set for 2029 and 2030, and are in addition to previously announced contests with Oklahoma in 2021 and 2022. The two traditional national powers and former conference rivals have not played since 2010, but are now set to meet four times in 10 seasons. 

The new two-game series will begin with a game in Norman on Sept. 15, 2029, with the Sooners set to return to Lincoln on Sept. 14, 2030. The two games that were previously announced in 2012 are set for Sept. 18, 2021, at Oklahoma and Sept. 17, 2022, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. 

The Huskers and Sooners have a long history on the gridiron with 86 all-time meetings. Oklahoma holds a 45-38-3 edge all-time, but Nebraska has won nine of the past 15 meetings.

Nebraska and Arizona have also agreed to play two non-conference games, beginning with a game at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 16, 2028. The Huskers will make a return trip to Tucson to face the Wildcats on Sept. 13, 2031.

The two games with Arizona will be Nebraska’s first regular-season matchup with the Wildcats since the teams tied in Lincoln in 1961. The schools split a pair of matchups in the Holiday Bowl, including a Nebraska victory in 2009.  

Nebraska has several non-conference games scheduled against Pac-12 opponents in the upcoming seasons. Including the two contests with Arizona, the Huskers are scheduled to play eight regular-season games against Pac-12 foes, beginning with a home-and-home series with Oregon in 2016 and 2017. Nebraska also has four games scheduled with Colorado between 2018 and 2024.

With the four marquee games added to the Huskers’ future schedules, Nebraska now has at least one non-conference game scheduled for each season through 2031. Beginning with the 2016 season, Nebraska will play three non-conference games in addition to a nine-game Big Ten Conference schedule. 

Future Non-Conference Games Announced on Wednesday

Nebraska vs. Arizona

Sept. 16, 2028—Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

Sept. 13, 2031—Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz.

Nebraska vs. Oklahoma

Sept. 15, 2029—Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Okla.

Sept. 14, 2030—Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

Future Non-Conference Games with Power Five Opponents

Oregon—2016 in Lincoln; 2017 in Eugene

Colorado—2018 in Lincoln; 2019 in Boulder; 2023 in Boulder; 2024 in Lincoln

Oklahoma—2021 in Norman; 2022 in Lincoln; 2029 in Norman; 2030 in Lincoln

Tennessee—2026 in Lincoln; 2027 in Knoxville

Arizona—2028 in Lincoln; 2031 in Tucson

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