The previous season, No. 7 Nebraska pounded its way to a 27-14 win over the No. 2 Huskies in front of 74,023 fans in Seattle and an ABC audience. The Huskers went on to win the 1997 national championship in Coach Tom Osborne's final season on the sideline.
In a historically competitive series, Nebraska and Washington are tied 3-3-1, including a pair of wins by the Huskies in 1991 and 1992. Nebraska added a win at Washington in 1967. The first meeting between the two schools dates all the way back to a 6-6 tie in Lincoln in 1925, before the Huskies defeated NU in the first showdown in Seattle in 1926.
Head coach Bo Pelini will lead the Huskers to Washington after guiding Nebraska to a 10-4 campaign that included a 33-0 win over Arizona in the Holiday Bowl. The Huskers, who won the Big 12 North, finished the season 14th in the final Associated Press Poll.
Washington is coming off a 5-7 campaign in Coach Steve Sarkisian's first season at the helm. The Huskies, who were 5-2 at home, finished seventh in the Pac-10 with a 4-5 mark that included home wins over USC, Arizona, Washington State and California.
The telecast of the Nebraska-Washington matchup is the second announced TV game with kickoff time for the Huskers in 2010 season. NU will face Kansas State in Manhattan on Thursday, Oct. 7, in an ESPN nationally televised game set for 6:30 p.m.