On Wednesday, August 5th the Big Ten Conference announced the augmented football schedule for 2020.
2020 SCHEDULE RELEASE— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 5, 2020
Plan accordingly, @B1GFootball fans. The 10-game regular season looks like this: pic.twitter.com/nlh7ET4FOv
The big changes: Purdue and Wisconsin reverse as home games. (At Purdue and Wisconsin comes to Lincoln again.) The backended original schedule flips, with the big division games moving into September, and Michigan State becoming the Huskers tenth opponent.
For Nebraska, that gives the following dates and opponents:
9/5 - @ Rutgers
9/12 - Illinois
9/19 - Wisconsin
9/26 - @ Iowa
10/3 - Minnesota
10/10 - @ Ohio State
10/17 - BYE week (with Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin)
10/24 - @ Northwestern
10/31 - Penn State
11/7 - BYE week (with Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin)
11/14 - @ Purdue
11/21 - Michigan STate
11/28 - BYE week (entire conference; Thanksgiving weekend)
12/5 - Big Ten Championship Game
There are two bye weeks scheduled prior to Thanksgiving, which allows for flexibility in rescheduling division games. The Big Ten is also trying to get the regular season completed before Thanksgiving, which aligns with many schools who have already decided to not return to campus after the long holiday weekend. The Big Ten Championship Game remains on December 5, but since the SEC and Pac-12 have already moved their championship games to December 19, it theoretically allows for two additional bye weeks at the end.
The season opener at Rutgers is potentially one of the most at-risk games currently, as the Scarlet Knights are currently quarantined with 28 positive cases of COVID-19. Nebraska is also on New Jersey’s quarantine list as well, though that doesn’t apply to business travel.