"The University of Tennessee and the University of Nebraska share rich football histories with great coaches, players and fans," athletics director Mike Hamilton said. "Knoxville and Lincoln are two of the great college towns and I know our respective fans and teams will look forward to these games with great anticipation."
Tennessee already has an outstanding slate of non-conference opponents inked to signed contracts beginning in 2010. The Vols host Oregon that season, travel to North Carolina in 2011, host the Tar Heels in 2012, travel to Oregon in 2013, visit Oklahoma in 2014 and host the Sooners in 2015 before initiating the Nebraska series.
"Mike has done a great job of keeping the intersectional portion of our schedule very competitive," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "I have followed the history of the University of Nebraska since my playing days. Coach (Bob) Devaney and Coach (Tom) Osborne, those were two individuals I followed during my early coaching years at Wichita State and since I have been here at Tennessee.
"It should be a great matchup."
Tennessee stands 9-8-1 all-time against schools in the Big 12 Conference, the most recent outcome being UT's 38-7 win over Texas A&M in the 2005 Cotton Bowl. The Vols have dropped their only two decisions to Nebraska, falling in the 1998 Orange Bowl and 2000 Fiesta Bowl.
During the Fulmer era, Tennessee's non-conference schedule has included elite competition on an annual basis. The Vols have played Notre Dame four times, UCLA three times, Miami (Fla.) twice and Syracuse twice, along with meetings against Fresno State, Louisville, Washington State, Oklahoma State, Marshall and Texas Tech.