Nebraska opens their 2016 season with Fresno State on September 3. The Huskers are 2-0 against the Bulldogs lifetime, their last meeting coming in 2014. On the road, Nebraska defeated Tim DeRuyter's squad 55-19.
In a Q&A with the Visalia Times-Delta, DeRuyter was asked the challenges of playing Nebraska this time around.
"We look at it as a tremendous challenge. We’ve taken our guys to tough atmospheres before, going to Ole Miss, going to Autzen Stadium in Oregon, going to USC. There are tough places to play in, and certainly Nebraska’s one of the top ones in the country," said DeRuyter. "That’s one of the things that drives you in the summer. Maybe you don’t want to get up at 5:30 [a.m.] in the middle of June and get up to run, but you know come Sept. 3, we’re going to Lincoln and we’re going to play against one of the top teams in the country. You dig down a little bit deeper. You work a little bit harder because you know you got one shot at making a special memory by knocking off one of the top teams in the country."
Fresno State is coming off just a 3-9 campaign and only return 10 combined starters on both sides of the football. No stranger to playing power-five teams early in the season, Fresno State beat Colorado in 2012. In 2013 the Bulldogs were able to knock off Rutgers.