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Nebraska Football: Oregon gets 2:30pm kickoff on ABC, Wyoming to 11am on ESPN2

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More kickoffs to add to your calendar, including the Big One.

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While we’ve known the kickoff for Fresno State since BTN announced its night slate for this fall, this afternoon the start times for the other two opponents of the 2016 season were announced:

First came Wyoming:

And then the big one:

We finally have a kick-off time for the super-critical Recruiting Party of 2017, also known as the Oregon game. A 2:30 start is ideal for Nebraska’s recruiting efforts, giving more time for players from elsewhere to travel to Lincoln to watch the Huskers beat down the Duckies.

With those times announced, here is the current schedule with known kickoffs:

2016 GAMES
Date Opponent Time Network
September 3 Fresno State 7:00 P.M. BTN
September 10 Wyoming 11:00 A.M. ESPN2
September 17 Oregon 2:30 P.M. ABC
September 24 Northwestern 6:30 P.M. BTN
October 1 Illinois 2:30 P.M.
October 15 Indiana 2:30 P.M.
October 22 Purdue TBA
October 29 Wisconsin 6/7/8 P.M. ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
November 5 Ohio State 7:00 P.M. ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
November 12 Minnesota 6:30 P.M. BTN
November 19 Maryland TBA
November 25 Garbage TBA
December 3 Big Ten Championship TBA

*All times in Central Time, the superior football time zone

The remaining games against Purdue and Maryland are likely 11 or 2:30 starts and will likely appear on BTN, with the the game against our diminutive neighbors to the East on ABC.


Meanwhile, the Big Ten Network released their final schedule for the first three weeks:

If I had to guess, I’d say Oregon State- Minnesota may be the most competitive game of Week 1 for BTN.

Week 2 headliners are the CyHawk slapfest and UNC-Illinois.

Headliner for Week 3 is...Colorado-Michigan?! (Actually, it’s probably Duke Northwestern, which should be a great game.) That 2:30pm slot is going to be straight fire, with Ole Miss-Alabama (CBS), Nebraska-Oregon, Pitt-Okie Lite, and Colorado-Michigan (BTN).


What do you think of the new start times? Is the Oregon kickoff an advantage for Nebraska? Or will Oregon be awake and steamroll the Huskers?