If you may recall, Tennessee is following their dreams of playing racecars by hosting a game at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016. They'll be making "vroom-vroom" noises while facing Virginia Tech as both schools look to set an attendance record for a college football game.
This is the sight line from the 50 yard line:
The view from the grandstand at the 50. #BattleAtBristol #BiggestEver2016 pic.twitter.com/rsPOQb1Ke2— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) October 14, 2013
TOTALLY WORTH IT.
To do this, however, Tennessee had to make room on their schedule.
#Huskers vs Tennesse home/away series changed to 9/12 2026 in Lincoln and 9/11 2027 to accommodate Vols request.— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) October 14, 2013
Of course, this left Nebraska with a hole in their schedule.
The #Huskers and Oregon have agreed to play in Lincoln on 9/17 2016 and in Eugene on 9/9 2017.— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) October 14, 2013
A shockingly SOLID replacement, in my opinion. Maybe this new "playoff" era won't be so bad if it forces teams to schedule good opponents?
(And if you're curious about Nebraska's chances, keep an eye on Oregon's youngsters.)
A current player was both excited and perhaps saddened by the news:
Ducks in 2016 huh? Still petitioning the NCAA for 6th 7th an 8th years of eligibility.— Kenny Bell (@AFRO_THUNDER80) October 14, 2013
This would be great.
A statement from AD Shawn Eichorst was also shared:
"This is a win-win scenario," Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said. "The University of Tennessee asked for scheduling relief, and we were able to add the University of Oregon, a perennial top-25 program, to our non-conference schedule as we roll into the College Football Playoff era. This should be a great series, not only for our football programs, but for the tremendous fans of both schools."
Of course what Eichorst doesn't mention is SCOTT FROST, because well, that's where every last one of you is going right now, isn't?
The question is, where will he be?
If Scott Frost is worth a damn as a coach, he won't be at Oregon when we play them. #Huskers— CornNation (@CornNation) October 14, 2013
Frankly, in my opinion, Scott Frost will be HC at Oregon by 2016 because Herzlich will move on to the NFL. But that's just my opinion.
Of course, some of you may think he'll be Nebraska's head coach by then, for which I only have tears of sadness.
Splitting the difference, I'd like you to meet EASTERN MICHIGAN'S NEW HEAD COACH, SCOTT FROST.
We are, of course, ignoring the elephant in the room:
GUYS. ADIDAS IS GOING TO BE COMPETING WITH NIKE FOR THE CRAZIEST UNIFORM COMBO THAT DAY.— Salt Creek & Stadium (@tamattes) October 14, 2013
But, seriously. adidas will not be able to help themselves in that game.— Salt Creek & Stadium (@tamattes) October 14, 2013
Can't wait to see what Adidas comes up with for the #Huskers' alternative uniforms for the 2016 matchup with Oregon.— Erin Sorensen (@erinsorensen) October 14, 2013
@erinsorensen chrome helmets...LED lights around the numbers...and these. pic.twitter.com/E3LVuvKqPj— Greg Mehochko (@thehooch36) October 14, 2013
@tamattes is it unreasonable to imagine they'll design a jersey with flaming corncobs on it for that game?— Matt Mogensen (@Matt_Mogensen) October 14, 2013
The athletic department is clearly trolling me at this point.
As for the Tennessee matchup:
The Huskers will play host to Tennessee on Sept. 12, 2026, and travel to Knoxville and Neyland Stadium on Sept. 11, 2027. The games will be the first-ever regular-season matchups between the schools. Nebraska won the only two previous matchups in the series, defeating Tennessee in the 1998 Orange Bowl and the 2000 Fiesta Bowl.
In other scheduling news:
#Huskers vs Ducks also moves 2016 Wyoming match to 9/10.— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) October 14, 2013
Recap future non-con series - Miami (14/15) Oregon (16/17) Colorado (18/19/23/24) Cincinnati (20/25) Oklahoma (21/22) & Tennessee (26/27)— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) October 14, 2013
And here are our 2016 and 2017 schedules, from Huskers.com
|Sep 03||Fresno State||Memorial||Sep 09||Oregon||at Eugene|
|Sep 10||Wyoming||Memorial||Sep 16||Northern Illinois||Memorial|
|Sep 17||Oregon||Memorial||Sep 23||Rutgers *||Memorial|
|Oct 01||Illinois *||Memorial||Sep 30||Illinois *||at Champaign|
|Oct 08||Northwestern *||at Evanston||Oct 07||Wisconsin *||Memorial|
|Oct 15||Indiana *||at Bloomington||Oct 14||Ohio State *||Memorial|
|Oct 22||Purdue *||Memorial||Oct 28||Purdue *||at West Lafayette|
|Oct 29||Wisconsin *||at Madison||Nov 04||Northwestern *||Memorial|
|Nov 05||Ohio State *||at Columbus||Nov 11||Minnesota *||at Minneapolis|
|Nov 12||Minnesota *||Memorial||Nov 18||Penn State *||at State College|
|Nov 19||Maryland *||Memorial||Nov 24||Iowa *||Memorial|
|Nov 25||Iowa *||at Iowa City|
Nebraska still has one slot open in 2017, likely to be filled by a MAC or Sun Belt-level team. (Remember, Big Ten has requested members no longer schedule non-FBS opponents.)